“They say they did it because it’s critical to have more independent media outlets covering the campus and asking questions.
They don’t get paid for their work. In fact, they spend their own money for notebooks and pens. They are without a newsroom, writing from coffee shops or wherever they can.
But this is journalism, and they love doing it.”
- Gabrielle Russon at the Orlando Sentinel
“People are similarly outraged by Gannett abandoning an integral part of a community,” she said. “They are all excited that we’re taking this into our own hands. It’s better to have a community-focused newspaper being run by the community that it’s focused on. There’s a silver lining to Gannett closing the paper.”
“The Focus has covered everything from football games to politicians swinging into town for a rally and even a report of 50 bats flying around the sciences building.”
“In its last issue, the Future reported that the paper’s student staffers were “exploring options to ensure that UCF retains a source of independent, student-run news.”
The paper’s former staffers are attempting to launch the Central Florida Focus, an independent online news site. They’re running a crowdfunding campaign now to try and get it off the ground.”
- Joseph Lichterman at Nieman Foundation for Journalism