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OUR mission

Advocating for Quality News ...

The Fair Media Council is a one-of-a-kind 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. We work to improve the public conversation on the hyperlocal, regional and national levels.

As one of the oldest, most successful media watchdogs in the country, one side of our mission focuses on keeping the news media responsive and responsible to the public it serves. The other half of what we do?

& Working to Create a
Media-Savvy Society

Simply put, this isn’t the news of your parents’ generation. Today’s complicated and continuously fragmenting media landscape demands an educated news consumer. 

We call it media savvy. 

We’ve designed an organization to help people thrive in a media-driven world. We strive to build an informed electorate, vibrant communities and world-class citizens.

Here’s our story, and how we can help you.

Recent Speakers

John Carreyrou I WSJ

Margaret Hoover I PBS

Eleanor Clift I The Daily Beast  

Jaci Clement I Fair Media Council

Patrick Dolan I Newsday

John Avlon I CNN

Maggie Haberman I NY Times

Bringing out the best in news is a hallmark of Fair Media Council and its signature events, which include “The News Conference: Real & Powerful” and annual Folio Awards. Candid discussions about the state of news and the impact upon the public’s right shine light on how today’s newsrooms operate, and provide behind-the-scenes information on current events as they turn into American history.

Our Story

 News is an awesome force: It colors your world and shapes your opinions.  At Fair Media Council, we work to improve the quality of news and help you become an educated news consumer, so you can navigate today’s media landscape with confidence. Our view of the world begins on Long Island, N.Y., where we’re proudly headquartered in the No. 1 media market in the world.

How We Do It

Connections & Respect

We bring the best in news & the public together to engage in open dialogue, as well as to build relationships and mutual respect

Bridging the Gap

Our programs provide transparency into newsroom decisions to help the public navigate the media landscape & find quality news

Best Practices & Monitoring

Working with newsrooms, we compile real-time information on the latest best practices & standards for news & monitor changes that impact the public's right to know

Awards & Feedback

Our Folio Awards program recognizes quality news and also sends feedback to newsrooms on what the public wants & needs in its news

Pro Dev Certification

Given the exclusive nature of our programming, attendees may earn FMC certification to illustrate continuous training & achievement to employers

Commentary & Filings

We provide commentary & opinions in our newsletter & in filings with FCC & NYS Public Service Commission, grant media interviews & speak to organizations

More Ways to Get Involved

Call for Speakers

Journalists & communications professionals are sought for speakers on a rolling basis. Email info@fairmediacouncil.org
Apply to Join Our Board of Directors

Prior board experience & senior-level management of a business or nonprofit are among the qualifications. For details, email jaci@fairmediacouncil.org
Internships Available

Graduate students majoring in nonprofit management may apply to intern with FMC for fall or spring semesters. Email info@fairmediacouncil.org

Think you've got what it takes to #win a Folio? #Quality work that taps the #pulse of the public is what we seek. In other words: #News that matters — and #social media campaigns that good do. For the first time: #student categories! Enter now thru Jan. 15. #fmcfolio #winning #awards #journalism #socialmedia

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It's all about #conversations and #connecting. This #candid capturing #friendship & #authenticity is one of the best #photos from The News Conference. That's Real & Powerful. #fmcpower @epoch5_pr @fsl_li

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After breakfast, Sree grabbed this #selfie & we are grateful he did! Can't go wrong when the day kicks off with @propublica President Richard Tofel and Sree Sreenivasan discussing the state of #news and #technology. That's Real & Powerful @sreenet @sbu @loeb.nyc #fmcpower

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Great to visit with Montclair State University Dean of the College of Arts Daniel Gurskis & get the exclusive tour of the impressive media facilities. #journalism #media #arts #academia @sony #news

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It all begins with #conversation. The News Conference bridges the #gap between the news media & the public, because the #future belongs to the media savvy. Heartfelt thank you to all who participated to raise awareness of the work of the Fair Media Council and perform a true public service.

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Hard to call it #work when it's this much fun: hosting Margaret Hoover & John Avlon was a blast. Smart, engaging, fully present & game to answer any & all questions. That's Real & Powerful. #fmcpower #powercouple #hoovlon @cnn @cnnpolitics @cnnpr @pbs @thirteenwnet @johnavlon @m_hoov

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Community Leader Christopher Wright moderates the most timely panel discussion in the world at the moment: #Navigating The New Local News #Landscape. It's what every Long Islander needs to know! That's Real & Powerful. Get tickets online before Tuesday!! #fmcpower #Localnews #community #events #workshop #news #newsthatmatters

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Fine-tune your social media skills in an exclusive workshop conducted by Sree Srrenivasan. It's part of a day designed to increase your media savvy! That's Real & Powerful. Get tickets now to meet over 70 news reporters, editors and accomplished media relations pros. 12 panel discussions PLUS forside chats with CNN, PBS, BuzzFeed News & ProPublica. #fmcpower #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #mediasavy #digitalmarketing #digital @sreenet

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Northwell Health's media relations chief Terry Lynam runs a session at The News Conference that will take you behind the headlines of the biggest news of the day! That's Real & Powerful. Don't miss this. #fmcpower #headlines #headlinenews #stories #storytelling #storyteller #transparency #empower #relate #understand #inform

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FMC welcomes noted PR pro Peter Himler to discuss the changing face of media relations. Every organization needs to know what's happening right now to make your current plan obsolete. That's Real & Powerful. #fmcpower #mediarelations #media #PR #marketing #advice #tips #insight @peterhimler

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Meet the media at an event designed to be the bridge between the new media & the public. To build mutual understanding & respect. That's Real & Powerful. Get tickets in advance online! #fmcpower @mdiamond152 @wcbsnewsradio880

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Journalist David North moderates one of 12 panel discussions to increase ypur media savvy at The News Conference PLUS fireside chats with CNN, PBS, BuzzFeed News & ProPublica PLUS over 70 news reporters, editors & notable media relations pros take part in the day ro help you navigate today's complicated media landscape. That's Real & Powerful. Be part of it. #fmcpower #mediarelations #mediasavvy #exclusive #conference #longisland #gardencity #gardencityhotel

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In gratitude to our media sponsors for raising awareness of this event. (Get tickets online now! Advance registration required) #thankyou #thankful #thanksgiving #gratitude

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Well-known political #pollster Mike D. Joins the fray in a discussion on #Race #Religion & #Politics at The News Conference — one of 12 panels designed to #increase your media #savvy. That's Real & Powerful. Reserve online now! #FMCpower #inthenews #newsmatters #democracy #journalism #spokesperson #connections #connecting #knowledge #facts #opinions #educate

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President of Motivate America, Kevin McCrudden, moderates a panel discussion that will help prepare you for a media relations crisis. It's vital for all businesses and organizations to understand what to do when something awful happens … And a reporter is calling about it. Attend and be in the know. That's Real & Powerful. #FMCpower #crises #crisismanagement #mediarelations #PR #marketing #digitalmarketing #motivate #America #democracy

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The News Conference gives the public — individuals, corporations, nonprofits, community leaders and advocates — the opportunity to gain insight intp how newsrooms decide what appears in your newsfeed, while giving you the opportunity to network and even pitch a story or two. That's Real & Powerful. Meet WSJ's Aisha Al-Muslim along with over 70 high-powered news reporters, editors and media relations pros. Advance registration required! Get your tickets online now! #fmcpower #tickets #empower #enlighten #medialiteracy #informedelectorate #community #communications @wsj

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Radio newsman Terry Sheridan talks pitching the news media at The News Conference. (If he likes what you got, you could end up on the radio!) That's Real & Powerful. Be there! #fmcpower #radionews #pitch #storytelling #makeadifference #information #raiseawareness @wshupublicradio @npr

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NBC news exec turned Dean of Hofstra U's Lawrence Herbert School of Communication moderates a panel everyone needs to hear: News & the Millennial Generation. That's Real & Powerful. Advance registration required! #fmcpower #millenial #millenials #demographics #targetaudience #impact #awareness #reach #journalism #democracy #business #intheknow #broadcastnews #NBC #hofstrauniversity @deanluk @hofstrau @hofstrapride @wrhu_hofstra_mwc @hofstraprssa @hofstratoday @wrhuradio @herbertschoolhu

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Moderating a panel on #Money #Power & #Politics is chair of the Fair Media Council #Board of #Directors, James Kinney. ( He's got news media heavy hitters on his #panel, for sure!) That's Real & Powerful. Be part of it. #Reserve in #advance. #fmcpower #powerplayers #kindofabigdeal #influence #insidethenews #insider #exclusive

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It's all about #business –her #column, that is. Tips and advice and needful things for people to be more successful. How to get into her column? Find out at The News Conference. That's Real & Powerful. #fmcpower #reservenow #getyourtickets

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He became the media's go-to as the expert on the #opioidcrisis and now he's part of The News Conference to help you learn how to become a trusted source. It's all part of a panel discussion he will be moderating that day — one of 12 needful topics for anyone in business today. #fmcpower #source #trust #credibility #spokesperson #health #welfare #nonprofit #raiseawareness #levelup

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At Long Island Business News, reporter David Winzelberg regularly #breaks news about real estate deals and gets exclusives. Find out how he cultivates sources when he talks at The News Conference. That's Real & Powerful. Get tickets now for this all day major event! #fmcpower #Realestate #broker #deals #BusinessNews #network #businessnetworking #exclusive #source #reporter #trust #credibility @davidwinz. @longislandbusinessnews

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From @vicenews is Subrata De, talking about how and where to reach #Millennials via news today. One of 12 timely panel discussions. That's Real & Powerful. Reserve now! #fmcpower @vice @vicenews @viceland @vicehealth @subratadenyc

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Ryan Bonner takespart in a panel talk on the #future of #local news and the #online only #emerging voices in the media #landscape. It's hyperlocal, Long Island & Hudson Valley news you need to know. That's Real & Powerful. Reserve now! #fmcpower #longisland #hudsonvalley #lohud #learn #network #engage #beheard #voice #raiseawareness

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Managing a brand in today's always on world is what Stephanie Caro will be discussing at The News Conference. It's one of 12 panel discussions designed to increase your media savvy. Be there! #fmcpower #brand #image #crisis #crisismanagement #PR @canonusa @canonusaprovideo @canonfeed

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Mount Sinai South Nassau exec Jor Calderone moderates a discussion that takes you behind the news of #race #religion & #politics. That's Real & Powerful. Reserve now. #fmcpower #journalism #conference #connections #conversation #raiseawareness #mediasavvy

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She started her business in her him and now owns community newspapers throughout the New York metro area. Meet Vicki Schneps at The News Conference, where she'll speak on building relationships with the media. That's Real & Powerful. #fmcpower #relationships #speaker #information #business #community

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He's all business: Long Island Business News Editor & Asssociate Publisher Joe Dowd tells you how to pitch him your stories so they actually make it into LIBN. That's Real & Powerful. Reserve now. #fmcpower #local #hyperlocal #pitch #storyteller #storytelling #mediarelations #PR #raiseawareness #branding #image #share #influence #success #knownews #getmediasavvy @joe.dowd @longislandbusinessnews

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Opening remarks at The News Conference will be by Protiviti's Barbi Goldstein, our breakfast sponsor & community champion. That's Real & Powerful. #fmcpower #innovation #innovators #business #news #community #sponsor #support #gratitude #thankful

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If you do business on Long Island, you need to know James T Madore, business writer for Newsday. At The News Conference, he'll tell you how to pitch him your story — the proper way! That's Real & Powerful. For many organizations, this alone will be worth the ticket to an all-day event filled with media all stars. It happens Tuesday, and only on Long Island. Reserve now. #fmcpower #newsday #business #corporate #coverage #mediarelations #raiseawareness #branding #image #proactive #PR #influence @jamestmadore

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This attorney discovered it's news she loves and is now #publisher & #editor of a Long Island East End enterprise that's forging a path for the future of local news. Hear Denise speak as part of a panel on #hyperlocal news and importance to #community. It's one of 12 panel discussions designed to increase your media savvy. That's Real & Powerful. Advance registration required. #fmcpower #EastEnd #longisland #riverhead #storyteller

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