Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Folio Awards Honor Best in News & Social Media

The Fair Media Council Folio Awards program honors news and social media that is important to the community, protects our quality of life standards and provides the information needed for social change and progress to take place. Adjudicated by business and community leaders, the Folio Awards program puts the power In the hands of the public, the ultimate judge of the media.

Plan to attend the Folio Awards to congratulate the winners, and network in an opulent atmosphere with exclusive access to media and business leaders. Limited tickets are still available for the Tuesday, March 28 luncheon event, held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at NYIT de Seversky Mansion. Advance registration is required. Call 516-224-1860, ext. 1 or email

Rita Cosby to Receive Outstanding Public Service Award

Emmy-winning TV host, veteran correspondent and multiple best selling author, Rita Cosby anchored highly rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC. She is now a special correspondent for the top-rated CBS syndicated newsmagazine, Inside Edition, does frequent hosting and reporting for CNN/HLN, and hosts “The Rita Cosby Show” on the legendary WABC Radio.

2017 Folio Award Program Participants

The Fair Media Council Folio Awards 2017 program features a performance by American Idol’s Robbie Rosen, and the awards presentation by NBC’s Today in New York’s Michael Gargiulo and Lauren Scala, WNYW/FOX 5 anchor team Steve Lacy and Dari Alexander and PIX11’s Sukanya Krishnan and Scott Stanford. In a special cameo appearance, WCBS Newsradio 880’s News & Programming Director Tim Scheld will present Rita Cosby with the Fair Media Council Outstanding Public Service Award.

Advance Registration Required

For tickets, contact 516-224-1860, ext. 1 or email Payment must be received prior to event. No refunds.

Honoring the Best in Local News

See the winning stories now, and meet the winners at the Folio Awards on March 28.

Many of the winning stories show a direct impact on our community; others provide needed information and oversight. All told, these stories inspire, engage and enlighten. Congratulations to the well deserving class of 2017.  Click here to see the winners.

Introducing the Best in Social Media 2017

To win a Folio, a social media campaign needs to engage its public while providing a public service.

The 2017 Folio Awards winners in social media are an impressive class of organizations that set a new standard for excellence.  Click here to see the winners.

Meet the Judges Representing Long Island

Folio Award judges are leaders in their industries.

Encompassing a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and outlooks, our judges work to uphold the Fair Media Council standard: News our community needs and wants, in order to protect and maintain vibrant communities.  See our distinguished judges here. 

NYIT’s de Seversky Mansion is home to the Fair Media Council’s 2017 Folio Awards.

The lively and lavish spirit of Gold Coast entertaining lives on at NYIT de Seversky Mansion. The story of this magnificent estate began in 1916, when businessman, inventor, and philanthropist Alfred I. du Pont commissioned famed architect Thomas Hastings to design his new residence on Long Island’s North Shore. Other captains of industry of the time were also building grand showplaces here, earning this area bordering Long Island Sound the nickname “Gold Coast.” Du Pont’s White Eagle, as the mansion was then called, was completed in 1918 at a cost of $1.1 million.

In 1926, DuPont sold the estate to Fredrick E. and Amy Phipps Guest, who renamed it Templeton. Mr. Guest, Winston Churchill’s first cousin, was the grandson of the seventh Duke of Marlborough. Mrs. Guest was the daughter of Henry Phipps, Andrew Carnegie’s partner in the Carnegie Steel Company. When her parents gave up their Fifth Avenue residence in Manhattan in 1928, she had its entire marble entry hall and stairs disassembled and moved to the mansion. There, the newly installed staircase led to 13 classic European country-styled bedrooms and parlors originally designed by Charles of London.

Mrs. Guest stayed on at the estate after her husband’s death in 1937. Upon her death in 1959, the mansion was left to her son, Winston Guest, a well-known international polo player. In 1972, New York Institute of Technology purchased Templeton from the Guest family and renamed it after the famous Russian aviator, Alexander P. de Seversky, a member of the NYIT Board of Trustees who was instrumental in the acquisition. (Source: NYIT)


TIP: Take Northern Blvd to West Road (It’s at the light opposite the entrance to St. Francis Hospital Dematteis Center). West Road will take you directly to the Mansion, so you don’t have to navigate through the NYIT campus.

Getting to the Folio Awards

Because knowledge is power, Fair Media Council has been advocating for quality news and protecting your right to know since 1979. Join us and become part of our media savvy society.

FMC serves as media watchdog for the New York metro area. In fact, FMC is one of the oldest, most successful media watchdogs in the country. We advocate for quality news to keep people informed, and maintain our quality of life. But that’s only one side of our mission.What else do we do? We work to create a media savvy society, which is increasingly essential in a media-driven world. FMC is a 501c3 nonprofit membership organization. Businesses and nonprofits are urged to join us. Contact us at or send a tweet to @fmcsavvy.