The Daily Free Press

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The Daily Free Press
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School Boston University
Slogan "The independent student newspaper at Boston University"
Nickname(s) The FreeP

  • Kyle Plantz
  • (Editor‑in‑Chief)
  • Felicia Gans
  • (Managing Editor)
  • Drew Schwartz
  • (News Editor)
  • Taryn Ottaunick
  • (Opinion Editor)
  • Conor Ryan
  • (Sports Editor)
  • Emily Zaboski
  • (Photo Editor)
  • Clinton Nguyen
  • (Multimedia Editor)
  • Hannah Landers
  • (Features Editor)
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Founded May 5, 1970
Owner The Back Bay Publishing Co.
Frequency Daily
Price Free
Circulation 5,000 Monday–Thursday
Format Tabloid
ISSN 1094-7337
Printer Turley Publications, Inc.
Mailing address Kenmore Square, Boston

Website: The Daily Free Press

The Daily Free Press is the independent student newspaper at Boston University.[1] It publishes a daily print edition Monday through Thursday during the academic year and online 24/7 at The Daily Free Press is staffed by about 50 editors, writers, reporters and photographers, many but not all of whom are BU journalism students, who work on a volunteer basis and change over each semester. The paper is governed by a board of former editors who make up the Board of Directors of Back Bay Publishing Co., Inc., a Massachusetts non-profit.[2]

Commonly called The FreeP, The Daily Free Press began publishing May 5, 1970 in response to violent student protests on campus in the wake of the Kent State shootings. It is now the publication at BU with the longest continuing run.


The Daily Free Press had published an issue every instructional day since its formation until February 13, 2009. In light of increasingly tight finances for newspapers and declining advertising revenue, the paper announced it would discontinue its Friday issue. As of September 2011, circulation was 5,000 issues per day Monday through Thursday. The publication is currently the fourth largest daily English newspaper in the Boston metropolitan area.

The Daily Free Press has won numerous awards for its reporting, including the Columbia Press Association's Gold Medal Award for Excellence. The paper covers campus news, local (Boston-area) news, and campus sports, and publishes editorials, columns, and letters each day. In January 1980, the Arts and Entertainment coverage became The MUSE, the FreeP's weekly A&E publication. Science Tuesday, the first collegiate weekly science section in the country, began in the 1990s. The FreeP also began publishing a news, arts and opinion blog in 2011.[3]

The editorial staff of the FreeP is strictly volunteer. All writers, photographers and business staffers are BU students, with the exception of the office manager. Members of the editorial board work nights to put out the paper and regularly work 50 hours per week, in addition to their classes.

Every issue has a daily crossword puzzle and sudoku for students to complete.

Many alumni have gone on to careers in journalism, television and film, and a few[clarification needed] have won the Pulitzer Prize.

The Daily Free Press Online[edit]

Since January 1996, The Daily Free Press Online has been published at every day that the print publication is distributed. The most recent online readership figures for the online edition are 28,000 weekly user sessions and 120,000 monthly page views.


In 2011, Back Bay Publishing Co., Inc., the governing body of The Daily Free Press, announced that it had paid off a $78,000 debt to its printers Turley Publications, Inc. by way of an advertising advance from the Boston University Dean of Students office. This came after the 2009 discontinuation of Friday editions to cut down on costs. Though some have expressed concerns about the paper's independence in the wake of the financial announcement, the paper continues to be entirely student-run and the university has no control over its content.

Notable Daily Free Press Alumni[edit]

Some of the editors and writers of the Free Press who have gone on to successful careers in the media include:

Significant Stories/Editorials in The Daily Free Press' History[edit]

The Daily Free Press has at times drawn widespread attention for its coverage of, and opinions about, local issues.

The following are some of the articles and editorials that, for brief moments, brought citywide, and sometimes national, attention to The Daily Free Press.

  • In 1988, The Daily Free Press writers Roger Ochoa and Chris Nagi covered the Ramones rally attended by more than 1500 students in protest of the university's ban on the historic rock 'n' roll band..
  • In 1990, The Daily Free Press supported John Silber's opponent in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts governor. Silber, then on leave from his position as President of Boston University, was a dark horse primary winner and showed strong momentum in the campaign until its very last days.
  • In 2005, The Boston Globe reported that because of an article in The Daily Free Press, mayoral candidate Maura Hennigan's campaign manager Mitch Kates's job was in question. Kates sparked controversy when he spoke at a meeting of the Boston University College Democrats and denounced mayor Thomas Menino, calling him "a drooling teddy bear" and hurling other such insults. Despite the controversy, The Daily Free Press endorsed Hennigan for mayor.
  • In 2006, an editorial in The Daily Free Press was cited in the Metro for recommending that the MBTA increase fares even higher than initially proposed in order to significantly improve service.

Back Bay Publishing Co., Inc[edit]

Back Bay Publishing Co., Inc., is a nonprofit Massachusetts corporation operated by Boston University students. It publishes the student paper The Daily Free Press.[4]


  1. ^ ", The Daily Free Press". Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Board of Directors, The Daily Free Press". 
  3. ^ "Daily Free NOW". Retrieved 9 Mar 2013. 
  4. ^ About The Daily Free Press at