The Michael R. Fribush Newsroom Innovation Fund

Every dollar counts.

The Diamondback is the University of Maryland's official independent student newspaper. Our financial independence allows us to report on important university or College Park issues without fear of censorship or interference. We support the important work and education of our 125 student journalists solely through the advertising we sell and the very generous charitable donations of our readers.

Your donation will help in so many ways, including:

The purchase of modern equipment such as computers, software, photographic and video equipment

Travel expenses for our student reporters to cover Maryland basketball and football games.

Development and maintenance of our mobile and web platforms.

The Diamondback is an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and any charitable donation made will be fully tax-deductible to individuals or corporations. Click here for a printable donation form, or use the Paypal link below.




The Michael R. Fribush Newsroom Innovation fund was established in 2015 in honor of Michael Fribush, Maryland Media's General Manager from 1972 until 2015. Michael became The Diamondback's first general manager upon his graduation from the University of Maryland and led the organization through challenging early years to full independence and financial success. Through his dedication, guidance and leadership, The Diamondback has grown into one of the nation's preeminent college newspapers, perennially winning regional and national awards for journalism excellence and preparing hundreds of student journalists for distinguished careers at the top media organizations in the world, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and scores of others.