Andy Kraus, senior vice president of Epoch 5 Public Relations, is one of 35 distinguished community leaders who have been appointed to judge the news in the Fair Media Council’s annual Folio Awards program, a high-profile celebration of news that has been judged by the public to best represent what the Long Island community wants and needs in its news.
At Epoch 5 PR, we pay especially close attention to how much coverage is devoted to important Long Island stories and how fair, balanced and accurate that coverage is. As a former reporter, I know that many factors shape news coverage. But, as an FMC judge, it is exciting to view submissions that reflect the best work of some of the area’s top journalists. Recognizing and encouraging excellence in Long Island coverage is vitally important, said Kraus.
Kraus has 25 years of experience in marketing communications on the agency and client sides, as well as for non-profits. He has worked with many market leaders in industries such as financial services, insurance and accounting. His experience runs the strategic gamut from media relations and community affairs to internal communications. Additionally, he is a specialist in crisis communications, serving as an advisor, strategist and spokesperson for many high visibility clients in numerous controversial situations.
At Epoch 5 since 1991, Kraus has managed accounts including Shell Energy, Covanta Energy, Newsday, CVS/pharmacy, KPMG, Fleet Bank, Catholic Health Services of Long Island and a number of other professional services practices, including law and accounting firms. Additional Long Island clients have included real estate developers and high-technology firms.
Folio judges spend countless hours reviewing hundreds of news stories, which are submitted by media outlets primarily from the New York metro area, but often as far away as Canada.
“The Folio Awards is a green-light ethics program, unlike any in the country, which shows the media what the public wants in its news,” said FMC CEO Jaci Clement. “It’s an incredibly effective method for improving the quality of local news. We are honored to have such exemplary community leaders serve as Folio judges and make this program possible.”
Judging results will be made public at the FMC Folio Awards, a star-studded affair that is the biggest media event on Long Island, on Friday, April 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club. About 600 business, community and government leaders, as well as the media, attend. Major supporters to date include Briarcliffe College, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, North Shore-LIJ Health System, WeiserMazars LLP, PSEG, Protiviti, Hofstra University and the law firm of Murphy Bartol & O’Brien.
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