Our award-winning independent student journalism is available for free, but making it isn't.

We rely on advertising revenue and donations from the public to pay for our operating costs.

Most of our costs are paid for using donations from the public. North by Northwestern NFP is an Illinois Not For Profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status, and donations are tax-deductible.


How our money is spent


Over 90% of all of our spending goes directly to printing the three issues of the North by Northwestern magazine every year.


Around 5% of spending is Internet-related costs, including server hosting costs.


The remainder – around 5% – is due to administrative overhead. This includes fees and other charges we incur from time to time, such as credit card processing fees.

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Leo Ji, Director of Operations

Leo Ji, the Director of Operations, is in charge of all financial and operational affairs of North by Northwestern NFP.

He can be reached via email at