Central Florida Future national finalist for best site
This year, the Central Florida Future was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence Awards for its website, earning the student newspaper a national finalist spot among top-tier institutions.
The Future won "Best Affiliated Website" in its region, beating out The Miami Hurricane, in April. It then went on to be a national finalist in the same category, landing the independent publication among the likes of The Harvard Crimson. The University of Idaho's Vandal Nation won overall.
National judges praised the site for its fluidity and easy navigation.
The Future switched to its new website last August, accompanying a major redesign from biweekly broadsheet to weekly tab. As a Gannett property, the Future was able to launch the new and improved website with the same style as USA Today and its parent paper in Melbourne, Florida Today.
"CentralFloridaFuture.com is a beautiful website featuring plenty of local stories, photos and media; a strong editorial page; and a remarkable collection of alumni features," regional judges said.
Additionally, the Future was also lauded for its photography. Current senior staff photographer Bernard Wilchusky, who has also served as opinions editor and a digital producer during his time at the Future, was a regional finalist for general news photography. Published alongside the article titled "Spirit Splash leaves UCF students sick, bruised," the photo earned Wilchusky a spot among The Miami Hurricane and the University of Georgia's The Red & Black.
In July, the Future also took home three Florida Press Association Better Weekly awards, including first place for Breaking News Story, first place for Feature Story: Non-profile and second place for Online Breaking News Coverage.
The Future puts out a weekly tab on Thursdays and maintains a daily website at UCFNews.com.