After 48 years in circulation, the Central Florida Future will cease publication. The student-run paper, which serves the University of Central Florida and its 63,000 students, will print its last issue Aug. 4.
“The recent investments Gannett has been making to build out the USA TODAY Network nationally and in the state of Florida have created new demands for our time and attention,” said Jeff Kiel, Gannett’s regional president.
Owned and operated by FLORIDA TODAY in Melbourne, the Future is a multi-award-winning publication. Most recently, it was named a national finalist for “Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper” by the Society of Professional Journalists. Additionally, it was a Mark of Excellence Award winner for feature writing, breaking news reporting and in-depth reporting in its region this year.
In fall 2014, the paper underwent a complete reorganization and redesign, switching from a bi-weekly broadsheet to a weekly tab with a circulation of 14,000. The Future has served as a pipeline into the journalism industry, with former staffers going on to work at FLORIDA TODAY, Orlando Sentinel, Tallahassee Democrat and Daily Press in Virginia, among countless others.
Since 1968, the Future has been the go-to source for reliable news in the UCF community. In just the past few years, staffs have reported on the ISIS murder of Steven Sotloff, the passage of a downtown campus, a quashed campus shooting, the opening of a medical school and most recently the Pulse nightclub shooting. In sports news, it has seen a move to the American Athletic Conference, a Fiesta Bowl upset and the retirement of football coach George O’Leary.
“We’re appreciative of the relationship with the University of Central Florida,” said Kiel. “We hope to find new ways to continue to work with student journalists from the university.”
The Future is one of two college publications in the USA TODAY Network, the second being Florida State’s FSView. All of the full-time employees who work on the paper are being relocated to FLORIDA TODAY.
The Aug. 4 issue will be a special “goodbye” issue, celebrating what made the Future so incredible: the people. So, on Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m., former and current staffers are invited to the UCF Reflecting Pond for a giant group photo. Please spread the word and send any pictures of your time at the Future to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who need clips of their work, the Future has posted an article on ucfnews.com explaining the best way to do so. Any questions, please email Caroline Glenn at email@example.com.
Media inquiries should be directed to Jeff Kiel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-242-3777.