Publisher Jeff Evans and The Island News are recipients of the 2019 S.C. State Firefighters Association Media Award.
The award is presented to a public media – television, radio, newspaper, magazine or website – for outstanding coverage of the fire service.
The coverage should have a positive effect on both the fire service and the public. The coverage should also have a measurable impact, such as a change in public opinion, reduction in fires or improved services.
The newspaper was nominated by the Burton Fire District.
“In a day of ‘click bait’ driven news, which often detracts readers to dramatic and questionably factual stories based more upon sensational information than beneficial or educational, the Island News has remained focused on its local readers and local issues that directly enhance our community and the quality of life of our citizens,” the nomination reads. “It is within that focus that The Island News has been a tremendous resource for our fire department in keeping our citizens informed of not only local emergencies, but also departmental safety and community programs, and personnel achievements.”
The award will be presented at the association’s yearly conference held June 24-29.