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BU student newspaper in danger of closing

Boston University's only independent student-run newspaper, The Daily Press, could clNicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

Boston University's only independent student-run newspaper, The Daily Free Press, is in danger of closing.

The Daily Free Press is strapped with debt -- some $70,000 in recent years, according to a press release posted by the paper yesterday -- and if most of that debt is not resolved before the end of the year, its publisher Turley Publications, has threatened to cease publishing.

The paper, known colloquially as the FreeP, was established 44 years ago, in the aftermath of the Kent State University shootings, according to the press release.

In 2013, it was named the third best all-around daily student newspaper in the northeast region by the Society of Professional Journalists.

However, recently, The Daily Free Press has changed to a weekly print cycle and emphasized daily online content, cutting their costs by 80 percent in the process, according to the paper. Debt, however, remains.

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In an attempt to stave off closure, the paper has launched a "GoFundMe" fundraising campaign.

 
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