The Tufts Daily Needs Your Help!

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The Tufts Daily Needs Your Help!

The newspaper we all love needs your help!

Founded in 1980, The Tufts Daily has consistently been ranked amongst the top college newspapers in the country, and it is produced by a team of more than 175 dedicated staff writers, editors, photographers, and designers, making it one of Tufts’ largest student groups. The Daily’s mission is to inform our community and serve as a platform for conversation, while simultaneously offering our staff real-life journalistic experience. 

At a time of political uncertainty and what some describe as a post-truth world, journalism has never been so important. In the past few years, the Daily has broken national news and developed its investigative arm. When former White House Press Secretary Anthony Scaramucci threatened to sue the Daily for defamation, we reported on it, and on Scaramucci’s subsequent resignation from the Fletcher School Board. We’ve examined Tufts’ ties to big donors like the Sackler family and Saudi Arabia. We’ve reported on incidents of white nationalism on campus. We followed the unionization of janitors and dining workers and reported on the unfair treatment of workers. Maybe most importantly, we’ve drawn attention to the University’s relationship with its host communities and how the University’s growth impacts those around it. 

On top of that, in order to keep our platform relevant as both a news source and a way to gain journalistic experience, we’ve developed our multimedia presence and expanded to new platforms. This semester, we formally launched our podcast team and worked on new initiatives to further develop our social media and video teams. We’ve increased and improved the channels through which we can provide accurate, informative and entertaining content to the Tufts community. 

We are asking for your help to ensure that we can remain true to our core mission: providing quality independent journalism. As you may know, the Tufts Daily is financially independent in an effort to preserve our editorial independence.  We do not receive any funding from the university or the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate, and we’re entirely reliant on advertising revenues and donors to cover our operating expenses.

Unfortunately, the Daily is not immune to the economic problems that plague the world of print journalism. Advertising demand dwindles to a new low every year as printing and distribution costs remain consistently high. To face this new reality, we’ve changed the way things work at our office in Curtis Hall, including switching to online-only Fridays and looking for new, creative ways to bring in revenue. We are being proactive at changing the way we operate to ensure that we are financially sustainable in the future. We are cutting costs and are rethinking the way we generate revenue. In the future, we hope to diversify our advertising strategy through the continual development of our multimedia section, specifically our podcast and digital teams and continuing to build relationships with the businesses of the Medford and Somerville communities. However, even as we have significantly decreased our printing costs, we rely heavily on the generosity of our alumni and other donors to keep us in operation. 

For this crowdfunding effort, we have set a fundraising goal of $6,000 to cover our costs of production for the rest of the semester and safely launch us into 2020. In addition to printing costs, this money will go to the subscriptions and equipment that allow us to create our content, as well as our student support fund and work-study payments, which help make participation on the Daily more accessible to Tufts students of all backgrounds. 

The Daily, like journalism at large, is in an exciting time of transition. We’re doing everything we can to ensure the Daily thrives in this new era of journalism and media, which starts with making sure we have the financial stability to continue production. Your generosity will ensure that the Daily continues to provide the type of journalistic work that keeps the campus informed, enlightened, and occasionally outraged. It is a training ground for hundreds of students and a community on its own, but it also works to serve the Tufts community at large.

 

The Tufts Daily is a 501(c)3 organization, and your donation to the Daily through Tufts University is tax-deductible. 

 

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$10

One Delivery

The Daily is distributed free-of-charge to more than 40 locations in and around three of Tufts' campuses. Your donation pays for an average delivery location's printing and delivery costs for a single day.

$25

Games

Many readers tell us they enjoy the Daily's print edition in part because of its crossword puzzle. This donation underwrites a month of royalties to our crossword puzzle syndicate.

$50

Online Hosting

The Daily's website reaches thousands of people every day with its mix of regular articles, breaking news, and multimedia and digital-exclusive content. This donation pays for about one month of web hosting.

$100

Colors

The Daily is fortunate to have a large staff of talented photographers and graphic artists. It costs about $100 to print part of a single paper in color, allowing readers to see our visual staff's amazing work as vividly as possible.

$175

Daily Distribution

The Daily's early-morning journey starts at some time before sunrise, when our paper is trucked from our printing contractor in Palmer, MA to Tufts. All told, it costs us $175 per day to take the paper from the printing press to dozens of campus delivery spots.

$500

Sponsor an Issue

After we submit the paper every night by 12 am, our hard-working printing and delivery contractors spring into action: they convert our paper design into metal plates, run the plates on a press, cut and fold the paper, and drive it from Western Mass. to Tufts. This donation level pays for the printing and delivery costs of one of the Daily's 100+ annual issues.

$1,000

Paying for Inclusivity

The Daily is proud to sponsor two inclusivity initiatives: an application-based support fund offering stipends to staff, and a work-study program for upper-level editors who frequently dedicate 20-40 hours to the paper every week. These initiatives broaden the paper's membership by removing financial barriers, which ultimately improves our reporting by making our organization more representative of Tufts at large. A donation of $1,000 pays for one semester of need-based work-study expenses for three executive-level editors.

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