The work of the Fair Media Council, a 501c3 nonprofit, is unlike any organization in the country. Founded in 1979, we’re proud to call Long Island home and to work within the No. 1 media market in the world.
Our daily work focuses on keeping the news media engaged in covering our communities, advocating for resources and keeping local news local. Through a variety of programming, published opinion pieces, media interviews and speaking engagements, FMC works to create a media savvy public by informing the public of changes within the media landscape that impact news and their right to know.
FMC events focus on connecting the community and the news media. We provide a positive atmosphere for the public and media to engage in open dialogue, build relationships and create mutual understanding.
It’s commonplace for people to land media interviews as a direct result of attending FMC events. Countless people have found jobs and internships.
But our impact doesn’t stop there.
Here are just a few select examples of FMC’s work:
- Advocated for conditions on the sale of Cablevision to Altice, to protect the company’s news gathering operations as well as the local economy. The New York Public Service Commission responded met virtually all conditions requested by FMC.
- Filed an FCC complaint against K-98.3, a local radio station that staged a hoax on its morning show, in violation of FCC regulations. The result was a change in management.
- Conceived and strategized an over-the-air broadcast to make the 2013 Nassau County Executive race debate available to all Long Islanders. Working with CBS2 New York, the debate aired on WLNY-TV, CBS 2 and WCBS Newsradio 880, providing unprecedented coverage of a local race. CBS 2 noted the debate was made possible with the cooperation of the Fair Media Council during the broadcast.
- Advocated against the sale of Newsday to Cablevision, noting consolidation of Long Island’s only daily newspaper and 24-hour cable station put “too much power into too few hands,” and, in doing so, raised awareness of how media consolidation negatively impacts the quality and the quantity of local news.