FMC Folio Awards: Standing Room Only & 2 Standing Os!
Two standing ovations for NBC4 New York’s Gabe Pressman highlighted the Fair Media Council’s annual Folio Awards, honoring the best in local news and social media as judged by the public.
NBC4 walked away with four Folios, including Pressman’s win in the category of Historic Feature for an interview with a D-Day Survivor from the Invasion of Normandy. A special salute to Pressman closed out the day’s program, honoring the newsman for 60-plus years in the business and setting the standard for local news. The station also earned one of Folio’s highest honors, the Greene Award in Investigative Reporting for the story, “To Catch A Thief.”
In total, 47 awards in news and social media were presented in front of a crowd of 400 people at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, L.I. It was a who’s who in local media that included presidents from all area stations, news directors, anchors, reporters and production staff from outlets throughout the metropolitan area.
A conversation on the state of media and current events between media critic Michael Wolff and FMC CEO Jaci Clement set the tone for an event that delivered as much in the way of information as it did in entertainment.
Long Island high school student MarissaAnn, a former competitor on NBC’s The Voice, performed a stunning rendition of the National Anthem. ABC’s Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan popped in via video to congratulate the day’s award winners, including ABC7, which walked away with two awards. The Folio program was dedicated to Ch. 7 reporter Lisa Collagrossi, who passed away in March after suffering a brain hemorrhage. She was 49.
Anchors from all major area stations served as award presenters, greeted guests, posed for photos with fans and created a celebratory-atmosphere for a memorable day on Long Island.
Pressman delivered endearing and poignant remarks, interspersed with advice to the media and journalism students in the audience. His talk began by recalling his efforts in publishing when he was nine years old. Now with more than 60 years in the broadcasting business, Pressman not only earned his place among the most influential people in the history of news, but he is credited with creating the standard for local news.
The Fair Media Council advocates for quality local news as necessary to the health and well being of the community, and works to create a media savvy society. FMC is a nonprofit organization.
Thank you to major sponsors Briarcliffe College, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, North Shore-LIJ Health System, WeiserMazars LLP, PSEG and Protiviti.
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