We made the announcement last Thursday that the Central Florida Future will be ceasing publication. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go read this first.
We've gotten a lot of questions from former staffers about a reunion, archives and about a thousand other things, so consider this article your No. 1 resource. Also, if you're not already a member of the UCF Society of Professional Journalists page, what are you doing with your life?
If you need to save online articles or photo galleries, your best bet is to use this site. From our news editor Alissa Smith, who discovered this gem:
"Once you install it, you can use it to screenshot entire pages of websites without the ugly HTML mess you get from printing your articles as PDFs. After it is installed, a small 'S' will appear in the upper right corner of your browser. Click this 'S' and selected 'get advanced functions.' Follow the instructions provided by the extension.
For photo galleries, you can zoom in on the photo you wish you save and select 'capture browser window and...' You'll have the option to pick what you want to save the file as, I suggest a PDF. This will allow you to save the photo, URL and caption on one page. Unfortunately, you will have to do this for each photo. For stories, I suggest using the option 'capture entire page and...' This will allow you to save the entire web page, including the ads and top banner as well as the article. You should not have to pay for the pro version ($39) to be able to use the options provided here.'
If you need to save videos, email me at email@example.com. I will pull the highest-quality file from our video system Brightcove.
If you need print articles, you've got a couple options. If you've been a good little journalist and actually learned a thing or two from CFF switching websites in 2014, meaning you've actually been saving papers with your clips, hurrah! Cut those bad boys out and call it a day. If, on the other hand, you've been a naughty student who likes to drive me crazy, email me a list of articles you need and their print dates and page numbers if possible. Assuming I can find the digital PDFs in our system, I will send you the files. If not, I can scan copies. If you're an ultimate J-school bad boy and don't even know what issues you've been published in, you'll need to come in and search through the physical archive and make copies. But let me say this, if any of you take a single physical paper out of my glowing CFF collection - one that I've been painstakingly organizing for a year and moved from one office to another - I will find you.
From the UCF SPJ Page: "I've been racking my brain for the perfect cover for the Future's final issue. And I think the only way to capture what made it so incredible is to include all of you. So, giant CFF family photo this Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. in front of the Reflecting Pond. Plus, Rick Brunson had the awesome idea for everyone to bring a copy of the paper from their era. I know it's last minute for out-of-towners, but we start designing Tuesday. And I also know this time won't work for everyone, but I hope to see as many of you there as humanly possible! Please share with alumni beyond this page. I'll be posting an article later to spread the word. Also, please send any photos from your time at CFF to firstname.lastname@example.org by next Tuesday morning."
More info on this to come. Stay tuned!
Don't fret, I will make sure the "Words we hate," Poe mask and everything else we treasure is taken care of - minus the dippy bird, though, as he met his maker last year. That being said, I will be contacting those of you who have trophies and certificates stowed away at the office. I'll try to bring as many as I can to the group photo session.
Contact me at email@example.com or 321-576-5933 if you have any other questions.