University newspaper shut down, students start their own

November 19, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When the University of Central Florida newspaper was shut down after 48 years, a group of students decided to start their own.

The Orlando Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2fFPnC8) the young journalists don’t get paid for their work. They spend their own money for notebooks and pens. They are without a newsroom, writing from coffee shops or wherever they can. It’s called the Central Florida Focus.

Since October, it has generated more than 137,000 online hits, according to the Focus, which has a staff of about 16. A GoFundMe account to help cover operating costs raised more than $1,000.

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.


Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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