Encouraging the news media to cover substantial local news issues is the purpose behind the Fair Media Council’s Folio Awards.
The hallmark of the program?
The judges are community leaders, who know the Island and the inner workings behind the stories in the news.
Winning a Folio isn’t easy — it’s certainly not guaranteed — but walking away a winner means you’ve tapped the pulse of the public, which is what news needs to do to make an impact.
With that in mind, we’ve expanded our Folio Awards categories to include the topical (#SummerofHell) to the most important (2017 Long Island Story of the Year). In between, news of special concern (Water Quality, Gang Violence, Drug Addiction) stand next to issues vital to our future (Millennial Coverage, Suburban Trends, Farm-to-Table).
To see the full list of this year’s new categories, click here.
While most people regard the Folio Awards for being Long Island’s biggest media event, it’s much more than that. It’s working with, and monitoring, the work of the news media year round, to address the needs of the Long Island community. It’s a different way of giving back, but the reality is, we’re nowhere without sharing information. It’s the vital first step toward progress, touches every person and organization, and is instrumental in maintaining our quality of life.
Competition in the Folio Awards is robust — all news outlets, freelancers and even student journalists are eligible to enter, and are encouraged to do so — and the judging is intense. (Lucky for us, our smart, savvy and connected judges are up to the task, and willingly donate their most precious commodity — time — to help out FMC, a 501c3 nonprofit organization unlike any in the country.)
The Folio program becomes all-the-more important when local news is under siege by market forces to curtail reporting, and cut back on resources.
But in the end, it all comes down to one simple question: Does the public need to know?
The answer is worth the fight.
– Jaci Clement
CEO & Executive Director
Fair Media Council