NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Four Corners News Sun
The Four Corners News Sun is elated to be a new member of the Florida Press Association.
Our team prides itself on being the go-to source for hyperlocal, community-centric journalism in northeast Polk County, southeast Lake County, northwest Osceola County and other surrounding areas in the Four Corners region of Central Florida.
We are a weekly print tabloid newspaper publication that publishes every Wednesday, with a corresponding website and e-edition and social media presence.
We are part of D-R Media’s MidFlorida Newspapers’ chain of publications.
We were recently honored in January as the Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce 2022 Small Business of the Year.
We just opened our new office in downtown Davenport in January and are excited to now have a presence in the heart of our coverage area.
One of our recent stories that we are most proud of is a story from the front page of our December 14, 2022 edition.
The story was about a Davenport toddler – 19-month-old Leila Durfee – who was battling a very rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Because of her weakened immunity system, the toddler was unable to partake in any of the community Christmas festivities, so the City of Davenport decided to bring the celebration to her.
Through coordination with Leila’s family, several members of the Davenport Fire Department and Davenport Police Department picked up Santa and Mrs. Claus with a bag full of toddler-appropriate toys, and made a house call to the Durfee home, where Leila, her parents and her grandparents were waiting in the driveway.
It was a story that showcased how a community can come together while intertwining twinges of the spirit of the holiday season and pulling at the heartstrings of readers concerned for Leila’s well-being.
We followed the story up with pictures from the Davenport Christmas Parade, where many of the floats held Christmas-themed “Get Well Soon, Leila” signs since she couldn’t attend in person.
It was a story that received lots of comments, and honestly, the kind of story that showcases the kind of community newspaper that we strive to be.
We are proud to now be a part of the Florida Press Association.
Media in general gets a pretty bad rap these days, and entities like the Florida Press Association that promote and encourage higher standards of journalism are one way to combat that perception.