National News: Folio Award Categories

National news outlets and freelancers working for national outlets may now enter FMC’s Folio National News Awards in the categories listed below. This is a different type of awards program: The Folio Awards honor work that taps the pulse of the public.

Exceptional storytelling, journalism excellence and compelling subject matter are expected in Folio Award entries. Capturing the imagination, speaking truth to power and earning the public’s attention is what a Folio Award represents, and what the Fair Media Council encourages in the work of a free press.

Entry rules and deadlines are listed below the categories. Questions should be sent to info@fairmediacouncil.org or call 516-224-1860, ext. 1.


National News Awards Categories – Broadcast (includes online-only)

D01. 2017 Story of the Year – One story, or a multi-part news or feature story, may be entered

D02. Light in the Darkness Award – Underreported subject matter that brought to light public consequences

D03. Public Service Award – One story that resulted in a demonstrable positive change for a community or society

D04. Freedom Award – One story that improved accountability in the criminal justice system

D05.  Pursuit of Liberty Award – One story that had demonstrable impact on immigration policy

D06. First Amendment Award – One story that helped Americans understand the challenge of reporting in today’s society

D07. Journalist of the Year – A journalist who provided news to the American people in the face of adversity. May be self nominated or nominated by colleague.

D08. Lifetime Achievement – A journalist who represents the best of broadcast journalism. May be self nominated or nominated by colleague.


National News Awards Categories – Print (includes online-only)

E01. 2017 Story of the Year – One story, or a multi-part news or feature story, may be entered

E02. Light in the Darkness Award – Underreported subject matter that brought to light public consequences

E03. Public Service Award – One story that resulted in a demonstrable positive change for a community or society

E04. Freedom Award – One story that improved accountability in the criminal justice system

E05.  Pursuit of Liberty Award – One story that had demonstrable impact on immigration policy

E06. First Amendment Award – One story that helped Americans understand the challenge of reporting in today’s society

E07. Journalist of the Year – A journalist who provided news to the American people in the face of adversity. May be self nominated or nominated by colleague.

E08. Lifetime Achievement – A journalist who represents the best of print journalism. May be self nominated or nominated by colleague.


Entry Rules for Folio National News Awards

Enter by midnight, Dec. 19, 2017 at the standard entry fee rate. Entries received between Dec. 20 and Jan. 9 will be subject to late entry fee rates, so please plan accordingly.

Only online entries will be accepted. The online entry form will be available by Oct. 1, 2017.

The Fair Media Council reserves the right to withhold awards in any category or to transfer an entry to another category.

Entries must be as broadcast, published or posted – no edited versions or composites.

Entry categories requiring demonstrated impact: The impact of the story must have occurred between Dec. 15, 2016 – Dec. 15, 2017. The story being entered may have been broadcast or published any time prior to this time frame.

Entry categories not requiring demonstrated impact must have been broadcast or published between Dec. 15, 2016 – Dec. 15, 2017. 

Hyperlinks must remain active through March 31, 2018 to ensure proper judging.

Only winners will be notified.

Winners will be publicly announced at the Folio Awards Luncheon in 2018.