The Free Press (University of Southern Maine)

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The Free Press
The Free Press USM.jpg
The Free Press, February 4, 2014
Type Weekly student newspaper
Format Tabloid
Headquarters
92 Bedford Street
Portland, Maine 04101
Official website http://www.usmfreepress.org

The Free Press is the official campus newspaper of the University of Southern Maine. It publishes a print edition weekly during the academic year, equaling roughly 22 editions a year. The newspaper has a circulation of 3,000 and publishes daily on their website.

History and Organization[edit]

In 2012, the Free Press began a partnership with the Bangor Daily News to provide training, web hosting and development services for paper, as well as a content-sharing agreement aimed at promoting the best in student journalism in Maine.[1]

Controversies[edit]

In 2001, the Free Press gained access to the campus police log despite opposition from the local police department.[2]

In April 2002, the USM Student Senate sought to dissolve the Student Communications Board, which had been created as a buffer between the university and the paper to ensure funding to the organization. A referendum was held on whether to dissolve the board and it lost with 16% of the vote.[3]

Awards[edit]

In 2000, the newspaper was ranked third in their region for "Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper", while writer Steve Peoples was ranked for "General News Reporting" for his story, "Students' Voting Rights in Jeopardy".[4] In 2002, several students involved with the newspaper won recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists for their region, including the top awards for Spot News Photography and General News Photography.[5]

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