Behind the Demise of a For-Profit Student Newspaper in Florida

The Central Florida Future, the student newspaper at the University of Central Florida founded in 1968, published its last issue August 4. But the decision to close it down came from an unusual source: Florida Today, the Gannett paper based in Brevard County, which had bought the Future in 2007.

“It wasn’t a knee-jerk [decision] or anything that didn’t happen over time. We’ve been trying to work through this for awhile because there really is no connectivity between it and our core market,” Florida Today president Jeff Kiel told me, saying it no longer made sense for Florida Today to operate a paper at the university’s campus in Orlando, about an hour east of its headquarters.

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