Well that's a great question. I'm glad you asked. College Front Page is the brain child of two underfed poor college students who wanted to grow beyond the teachings of academic journalism. In the coming weeks school work was sacrificed, friends were ignored, girlfriends pissed off, and a stacks of pizza demolished. But then College Front Page went live Nov. 2004 just in time to catch everyone's coverage of the Presidential Elections.
By combining journalists from around the world, the experiences could benefit everyone involved by becoming better journalists, gaining possible job opportunities, and most important, networking with others. With this in mind CFP has grown into an online resource for all things journalism. And with a nothing budget, CFP has been volunteer all the time. Server costs, programming costs, and software all have and continue to be paid for out of pocket by Brian and Joe (the founders).
Now times have changed. One of us, Joe, is living the dream and is now a working professional journalist. While the other, Brian, is stuck in the dark depths of higher education still clawing at the walls to get out. Now unfortunately as the only programmer on the site, Brian's ability to maintain and build new features for CFP is a direct result of necessity. That is, to stay alive (very important) he will invariably continue to work freelance photo jobs to pay the bills instead of working on the site when he has to. As much as this hurts him, Brian must eat.
So here's the pitch: Give us some money, and watch it make big changes on CFP. Where will it go? Well the priorities are to meet the demanding server costs, cover the growth and expansion of such a huge site, and 'paying' for Brian's time to program more cool stuff. (and maybe a pizza or two)
Donate, and we owe you a beer. But even if you don't thanks for taking the time to stop by this page at all. The site is and always will be run by students volunteering their time for the good of the site. Feel free to send us an email. That counts too. Thanks!