Florida Journalism History Project

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1783 -- Florida's first newspaper, East Florida Gazette, publishes its first issue in St. Augustine, Florida.

1821 -- Pensacola Floridan established. The newspaper's publishers also serve as the first official printers in the territory of Florida.

1864 -- Florida Union, later the Florida Times-Union, is established.

1873 -- Gainesville New Era, Florida's first black-owned newspaper, begins publication.

1876 -- Orange County Reporter established. Later became Orange County Sentinel, then Orlando Sentinel-Star.

1879 -- Florida Press Association established in Gainesville, Florida.

1884 -- First issue of the West Hillsborough Times is published. Later becomes the St. Petersburg Times.

1886 -- There are 66 new Florida newspapers established this year!

1903 -- Miami Evening Record, later the Miami Herald, is established.

1905 -- Weekly True Democrat begins publication in Tallahassee, Florida. Later becomes the Tallahassee Democrat.

1922 -- La Gaceta, a Spanish-language paper, is established in Ybor City, Florida. Later also includes an Italian-language section.

1939 -- First Pulitzer Prize to go to a Florida paper is awarded to the Miami Daily News for "meritorious public service."

1946 -- U.S. Supreme Court rules that a newspaper can criticize a court without fear of being held in contempt in Pennekamp v. Florida. Florida Scholastic Press Association was established.

1960 -- Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel begins publication.

1966 -- Florida Today is established in melbourne, Florida by Allen H. Neuharth.

1973 -- University of Florida student newspaper gains independence from the university as The Independent Florida Alligator.

1998 -- El Herald Spanish-language section of the Miami Herald is spun off as stand-alone daily El Nuevo Herald.

2000 -- El Diaro is established in Miami, Florida.

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