UCF Future Says Goodbye: College Newspaper Is Now A Thing Of The Past
Many young adults in Central Florida are saddened to say farewell to the University of Central Florida’s prized publication, the Central Florida Future. 63,000 current students, as well as, UCF alumni have spent the past 48 years reading the Central Florida Future as a way to stay in tune with current events. The final issue will be on Thursday, August 4th.
The UCF school of Journalism is highly compared to as one of Florida’s best journalism schools. Many prospective students have had their eyes set on joining this student newspaper because the UCF Future was a national finalist for “Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper,” declared by the Society of Professional Journalists. WOW. In fact, former writers and columnists have landed positions at the Orlando Sentinel, Tallahassee Democrat, The Daily Press, Florida Today, the list goes on.
UCF College Newspaper Prints Last Issue
Why is the publication closing its pages? Owner Jeff Kiel mentioned, “The recent investments Gannet 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.” That explanation sounds pretty vague, if you ask me.
Founded in 1968, The Future has been a staple for students to educate themselves not only on campus news, but on national and world news. In 2014, they made a major facelift with a complete redesign, even switching to a weekly publication with 14,000 copies. Recently, they have been reporting on the horrific news that our world and community have been facing including the Pulse nightclub shooting, ISIS murders, and national police shootings.
Associate professor in journalism, Kimberly Voss, at UCF mentions that the reasoning for the Future to print its last issue, “was disappointing news, but it wasn’t surprising.”
Will our young people still stay in tune with current events? Seeing how students are glued to their phones and computers as it is, we don’t see it being a problem. However, we are saddened to say farewell to a UCF tradition. Charge on, KNIGHTS!