Fair Media Council Announces 2019 Folio Awards Judges Roster

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (March 18, 2019) – On March 27 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Fair Media Council (FMC) will be hosting the 2019 Folio Awards at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York.

As Long Island’s most prestigious media event, the 2019 Folio Awards brings together the best in media with community and business leaders to celebrate and honor quality news and impactful social media. Local, regional and national news stories and social media campaigns are judged by media-savvy news consumers and journalists for excellence in journalism and relevance to the public, among other criteria. In addition to the awards, this year’s luncheon will feature a conversation with Eleanor Clift of MSNBC and The Daily Beast, and radio icon Ed Ingles will also be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

“For our judging process, we bring together about 50 distinguished community leaders with varied backgrounds and interests to judge news and social media campaigns using a scorecard method,” said Fair Media Council Executive Director Jaci Clement. “Developed with the help of Bob Greene, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter from Newsday, reporting news stories are scored for relevance, quality, originality and completeness, which really illustrates the storytelling and editing ability of a newsroom grappling with the public’s diminishing attention span.”

Social media campaigns, which need to serve the public good and may not be strictly promotional in nature, are scored for relevance, quality, originality and proven engagement factors, according to Clement.


The judges for the 2019 Folio Awards are:

Ozgur Akgun, Ph.D., Media Innovation Center, OWTV Manager/Lecturer, American Studies/Media & Communications, SUNY Old Westbury College

Lorraine Aycock, Senior Vice President and Enterprise Business and Community Engagement Market Manager, Bank of America

Dan Beck, Trustee, Music Performance Trust Fund & former music industry executive

Joe Calderone, Senior Vice President, Communications & Development, South Nassau Communities Hospital; Adjunct Faculty, NYU Journalism; former reporter, New York Newsday & Member, Board of Directors, Fair Media Council

Raymond Caliendo, Founding Principal & Managing Director, Art-of-Form Architectural Services & Member, Board of Directors, Fair Media Council

Col. Michael Canders, Ph.D. ATP, Associate Professor and Aviation Center Director, Farmingdale State College & former Commander, 106th Rescue Wing

Sammy Chu, Chief Executive Officer, Edgewise Energy & Chairman, U.S. Green Building Council – Long Island Chapter

Jamie Cohen, New Media Program Director and Assistant Professor, Molloy College

Marian Conway, Ph.D., Executive Director, New York Community Bank Foundation

Kevin Dahill, President & CEO, Suburban Hospital Alliance of New York State

Michele Dean, Chief Strategy Officer, NEFCU

Mike Dawidziak, Founder & President, Strategic Planning Systems, Inc.

Jessica McAleer Decatur, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, St. Joseph’s College

Robert J. DeSena, President & Founder, The Council for Unity

John Durso, President, Long Island Federation of Labor

Jody Fisher, Vice President, Austin & Williams & former radio reporter

Paul C. Focazio, Communications Manager, New York Sea Grant

George Gorman, Deputy Regional Director, New York State Department of Parks & Historic Preservation

Mark Head, Vice President, External Affairs, South Nassau Communities Hospital

Robert Horvath, Managing Director, Sauvigne & Co.

Bob Keeler, Journalist, Newsday (retired)

James Kinney, Senior Advisor, Mazars USA LLP & Chair, Board of Directors, Fair Media Council

Bruce Lambert, Journalist, The New York Times (retired)

Krupa Lauricella, CEO, FTZ Strategies Inc.

Lawrence Levy, Executive Dean, National Center for Suburban Studies, Hofstra University & former reporter & columnist, Newsday

Sara Lipsky, Executive Director, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Jeffrey S. Morosoff, Associate Professor of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations, Hofstra University

Gwen O’Shea, President & CEO, Community Development Corp. of Long Island

David Okorn, Executive Director, Long Island Community Foundation

Paule T. Pachter, Chief Executive Officer, Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank

Jeffrey L. Reynolds, Ph.D., President & CEO, Family & Children’s Association

Robert Rigoroso, Wealth Advisor, Wells Fargo Private Bank

Jay Schoenfeld, Consultant

Charles Skop, Esq., Member, Meyer Suozzi English & Klein

Kyle Strober, Executive Director, Association for a Better Long Island

Glenn Stalter, Chief Financial Officer, D’Addario & Company, Inc.

Richard Turan, Turan Family Foundation

Christopher P. Wright, Global Leader – Business Performance Improvement Solution, Protiviti

The Fair Media Council advocates for quality news and works to create a media-savvy society in a media-driven world. FMC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered on Long Island, N.Y.

About Fair Media Council

Established in 1979, The Fair Media Council (FMC) is widely regarded as one of the most successful media watchdog organizations in the country. FMC greatly influences the public conversation in two ways: It challenges the news media to improve its performance, and it educates the public to become media-savvy news consumers. The two-sided mission makes FMC unlike any organization in the country. FMC’s work begins at the hyperlocal level and extends beyond borders. Events enabling an open dialogue between the news media and the public serve to build bridges of understanding and address the knowledge gap of the news media’s role in democracy and the need for an informed electorate.