About us

The Free Press is the official student newspaper of the University of Southern Maine. Our mission is to be the definitive source of news and commentary for the USM community. We are funded by advertising sales and through a student activity fee.

The Free Press reaches an estimated 8,000 students of USM, their friends and families on the Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn campuses as well as in the greater Portland and Lewiston-Auburn communities.

The Free Press publishes on Mondays throughout the Fall and Spring semesters — approximately 20 issues per year. We publish 2,000 copies of every issue, which are dropped off at various locations on the Portland and Gorham campuses and also at several off-campus locations around Portland and Gorham.

Free Press Mission Statement:

The University of Southern Maine Free Press is a community newspaper written and produced for an audience of students, staff and faculty, created by a team of USM students. We provide the news about our university and it’s community to our audience in a weekly print newspaper. We will justify our name by providing a public forum for free exchange of information and ideas within a university community of diverse viewpoints, goals and directions.

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To contact the Free Press staff, check the contact tab.

For information about The Free Press or any of the articles on this site, call (207) 780-4084 or email the editor-in-chief at [email protected]