Boston University’s Daily Free Press reaches fundraising goal with help from Bill O’Reilly

On Monday, Boston University Daily Free Press launched a $70,000 fundraising campaign to save its print edition.

On Wednesday, the paper announced it’s already exceeded its goal, thanks to a $50,000 contribution from Boston philanthropist Ernie Boch Jr., $10,000 from Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly, and donations from others.

The BU paper says:

The support from the Boston community, FreeP alums and the greater sphere of journalists all over has been overwhelmingly encouraging. We can not thank all of you enough for helping to spread the word and donating.

We will be closing the gofundme soon, and we will begin assessing our funds and deciding how to handle the surplus immediately.

In early 2013, auto magnate Boch showed interest in the Boston Globe and, at that time, tweeted “Print is not dead!”

* The BU Daily Free Press print edition will live on ( | (BostonInno)
* O’Reilly called FreeP staffers and explained his donation (
* Editor: “This goes to show how important student journalism is” (@kyleplantz)