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Central Florida Future
Central Florida Future
Type Student newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Florida Today
Editor Jeffrey Riley
Founded 1968
Headquarters United States Orlando, Florida
Circulation Monday and Thursday: 45,000
Official website www.centralfloridafuture.com

The Central Florida Future is the independent student-run newspaper of the University of Central Florida, which is located in Orlando, Florida, United States. The Future is published every Monday and Thursday with a circulation of 45,000 copies.

The Future was a part of the University at its founding in 1968, but was later made independent. In 2007, the paper was purchased by Florida Today, which is owned by Gannett.[1]

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History

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Origins

The Central Florida Future has been in publication since the first day of class held at the Orlando campus in 1968. The name of the Future is derrived from the original name of the University of Central Florida, The Florida Technological University (FuTUre). The words Central Florida were added around the time the school changed to the University of Central Florida.

In the beginning Future held its offices in the UCF Library just as many other organizations did in the early years of the university's history.

Drafting the UCF Mascot

When the University first held classes, the students had no choice for the mascot and the Citronaut was decided on by the administration. After a year, students petitioned the student government for a new mascot and in response the Future published what its staffers felt were important criteria for a new mascot. It was published that the new mascot should incorporate the following attributes: An animal that flew, as the school motto is "Reach for the Stars"; it should also be virtuous; include the school colors of black and gold; and should be something unique because "FTU stressed the importance of individuality." Shortly thereafter a student health center nurse, Judy Hines, followed the criteria as published by the Future and came up with Vincent the Vulture. [2] This mascot stuck officially for a year until it changed to the Knights of Pegasus.

Becoming Independent

In 1993 the Future was made independent of the University of Central Florida becoming part of Knight Newspapers, Inc. (Owner of the Future and the Seminole Chronicle). Subsequently, this means that the offices were moved off campus.

In February 2007, Florida Today purchased Knight Newspapers, Inc. which included the Central Florida Future. Florida Today is owned by Gannett, which makes the Future the second student-run university paper to be purchased by Gannet, the first being the FSView & Florida Flambeau of Florida State University.

Circulation

The Future prints 45,000 copies every Monday and Thursday during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, and distributes the papers throughout campus and in the surrounding area through the use of more than 200 newspaper boxes.[3] For the fall 2009 semester, budget cuts and the economic recession forced the paper to cut printing from Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the fall and spring semesters and switch to Monday and Thursday publishing for all semesters.[3]

The Future is an affiliate of UWIRE, a wire service produced by student journalists at more than 800 colleges and universities across the United States, giving the paper access to news, sports, features, entertainment and opinion articles by the other members.[4]

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