Bard College’s only student newspaper. We print once a month during the academic year, and our coverage includes – but is not limited to – community news, feature writing, campus culture & activities, reviews, opinions & editorials, sports updates, and news from Bard’s satellites around the world.
Our first issue was printed on on March 14, 2000. As mentioned in the Free Press Statement of Purpose, it “was founded by former members of the Bard Observer staff–the managing editor, section editors and contributors both–who were dissatisfied with the quality of student journalism at Bard.” The Free Press and the Bard Observer merged in 2008.
Since its formation, the Free Press has always been entirely student run. We do not have a faculty advisor, we do not accept paid advertising, and we do not charge students, parents, or alumni/ae for paper subscriptions. We have a horrible business model, but that’s okay with us.
The Bard Student Newspaper Archive chronicles the history of student journalism at Bard until 1999, prior to the conception of the Bard Free Press.
All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held in our office, located in the warm and inviting setting of the basement of Tewksbury! You need a swipe card to enter, so you’ll have to come by during our office hours, or contact the Free Press in advance.