Central Florida Focus

What we do

We provide objective, reliable coverage of the UCF community while providing student journalists with the tools needed to thrive in their chosen fields.
Go to Opportunity

Opportunity

We strive to provide each contributor with opportunities to grow in the field they love through multiple platforms.

Go to Empowerment

Empowerment

We aim to empower student writers with the skills and abilities to successfully survive in the ever-changing world of journalism.

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Training

We provide training, professional development and a sense of community to every person who helps bring the CFF to life.

Who we are

You're our Focus.

The Central Florida Focus is an independent media outlet run by students at the University of Central Florida. Started days after the closing of another independent paper at UCF, the Focus hopes to be around for many generations of Knights to come. As journalists and entrepreneurs, we believe that our connection to the community and the world around us is vitally important to our mission to provide reliable, objective coverage of issues important to the UCF community. We hope that this outlet provides students with opportunities to master their craft and learn new skills in a supportive environment. Through the dedication of our staff as well as many students, professors and professionals in the community, the Focus is able to provide training in a wide variety of media specializations such as videography, photography, writing, reporting, editing and more.

  • between team members

  • between journalists and their community

  • for the public and its right to know the truth

  • 100 percent necessary

Our team

ALISSA SMITH

CEO & Co-founder
Alissa Smith is graduated UCF in 2016 with a degree in business management and entrepreneurship. She has worked at organizations such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Central Florida Future.

ANGELA MINERVA

COO & Co-founder
As the COO, Angela builds the back-end of this organization. She works on everything from accounting to policies to HR. Angela received her bachelor’s degree in business management and entrepreneurship from UCF in 2015. When not working on the bones of the CFF, Angela works full-time as the office manager of Blezoo, another Knight-run business in Central Florida.

KAT ENGELAUF

Marketing Director
Ironically, Kat does not like cats but she does love being creative. She spends most of her time juggling her full-time job at The Princeton Review with her Focus work and her passion for photography.