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.