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About Free Press


We are 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, art reviews, opinions & editorials, sports updates, and news from Bard’s satellites around the world. We include student photography and artwork, and are completely student run.
© Bard Free Press, 2014. Born, raised, and habituated at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

We are

 

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.


The Team

Will Anderson

Editor-in-Chief

Will has been working on the Free Press since his freshman year, when he started a long and drawn-out internet romance with previous Editor-in-Chief, Joey Sims. He has since weened himself off of online chatrooms, but he still hasn’t kicked the Free Press. Will has worked as a staff writer, staff photographer, copy-editor, and layout editor. Born and raised in Los Angeles, it is quite possible that Will is a pathological liar. Read his work. 

J.p. Lawrence

Editor-in-Chief

Lawrence began as a staff writer, and quickly ascended the ranks by simply writing more stories then anyone ever in the history of the paper. He also knows exactly how many articles, words, periods, etc. he’s written over the last four years. Ask him. He has it in an excel spreadsheet somewhere. Lawrence is an enigma. Read his work. 

Rebecca Swanberg

Editor-in-Chief

Rebecca joined the paper her sophomore year with the hopes of entirely reworking the Free Press into something respectable and trustworthy. She sort of succeeded. Rebecca  loves horses, nature walks, and discussing tea-bagging. She keeps everyone in check and can sometimes be scary. But that’s okay because without her, we’d probably get nothing done, ever.

Madeline Porsella

Layout Editor

Madeline is the most cheerful person; she lives on a picnic table. I think these two facts are correlated. It’s a well known fact that picnics lead to happiness. That’s why Will Rogers was so happy. Until he died in a plane crash. RIP.

Naomi LaChance

News Editor

Naomi is the youngest, and least corrupt, Free Press staff member. She has won a bunch of awards and shit, takes her job seriously, and will probably save journalism in the next ten years. She is a true anomaly.

Lucas Opgenorth

Culture Editor

Lucas has reinvented culture. In his spare time, he enjoys sleeping a lot and drinking beer. He once got caught peeing in public by the Seattle police, and nearly managed to flee the scene.

Emily Wissemann

Creative Director

Emily was tricked into joining the Free Press her sophomore year, and we’ve managed to keep her in captivity ever since. She fucks with all things grid-based. Sometimes she gets so sleepy that she falls asleep at the computer, which is really, really cute.


Our Office

 

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.

We hold office hours once a week. The Fall 2013 hours will be announced shortly.