Get Involved

For community members and newsroom alumni:

  • Reach out to you local student-run publication: Find out what they need, what issues they’re facing, where and how they need support.
  • Donate: We’ve put up links for every publication that submitted donate links here.

For student journalists:

If your publication is university-affiliated:

  • Get your alumni involved: If you don’t already have an alumni association, recruit and get one started. You may not be able to directly raise funds for major costs like staff salaries or printing, but alumni associations can raise money for new technology for the newsroom and cover the cost of sending staff to conferences.
  • Pressure your university president to commit to editorial independence: On April 25, as you’re sharing your best work, testimonials and editorials, take the push on social media and use it as an opportunity to ask your university president to meet with staff of the student-run publication to write up an agreement or policy guaranteeing editorial independence. This will also allow each newsroom to address specific concerns with its university. Encourage your readers to help you. Solicit letters to the editor from your readers in support of this and your editorial independence.
  • Get your entire staff on board. It truly takes a village to get the message out there. Sometimes all it takes it timing for it to catch attention on Twitter and Facebook, so the more people you have putting out threads and content, the higher your chances of getting the attention of those who can help.

If your publication is independent:

  • Raise donations: Newsprint costs money, and many on the east coast have been impacted by the paper tariff as well. Hosting a website costs money. Paying staff costs money (and maybe some coffee). In your editorial, tell your readers about the work you do, why it’s important and that they should donate if they want to keep the same coverage.  
  • Get your alumni involved: If you don’t already have an alumni association, recruit and get one started. As an independent publication, your alumni association can raise money for operations costs and staff salaries. If there isn’t already a donate link online, get one up. It will make it easier for people to donate across the country. 
  • Get your entire staff on board. It truly takes a village to get the message out there. Sometimes all it takes it timing for it to catch attention on Twitter and Facebook, so the more people you have putting out threads and content, the higher your chances of getting the attention of those who can help.