In 1987, Folio Weekly made its debut—and Northeast Florida hasn’t been the same since.
The “alternative newsweekly” brought a fresh, no holds barred approach to local journalism and served it up with a generous side of sarcasm and sass. No subject was off limits, and the staff were eager to explore them all, the good, the bad and the WTF.
Fast forward to 2020 (speaking of WTF!), and Folio Weekly became its own story. More than 30 years after the paper’s publisher Sam Taylor announced Folio was ceasing publication due to economic issues related to the pandemic.
But that wasn’t the end of the story.
In June 2020, attorney and civil rights advocate John Phillips announced the formation of Boldland Press and the return of Folio. Phillips made the announcement on Twitter: “Independently, locally owned journalism is back. No paywalls. Your stories. Bolder than ever.”
Today, as we celebrate Folio’s 35th anniversary, we pay homage to the visionaries, like Taylor, who made the publication a “must-read” for all residents for three decades. And we thank everyone who has picked up a copy of Folio 2.0 since. We intend to carry on the legacy of those who came before us and continue to bring independent and local storytelling to the people of Jacksonville and beyond.
In this issue, we look back on some of Folio’s most significant stories—and the people who made them happen, including you.
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