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The Fair Media Council announces its upcoming virtual event lineup, featuring notables in news, media and business. The following events are free to attend, but preregistration to ensure a seat for the live shows is necessary.

FMC Fast Chat is a live talk show on Zoom, where the audience gets to drive the conversation by asking questions in advance (during registration) or during the show via the Q&A box. The recorded version is turned into a podcast available on the C-Suite Radio Network, as well as iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn. 

Expect real, powerful and relevant conversations with notables in news, media and business that put you in the know in just 30 minutes.

Upcoming Fast Chats:

OCT. 6, 2 p.m., EDT: America’s Growing Need for Public Service & Volunteerism with RITA COSBY, Emmy-Winning TV Host, Female Legend of the Year in Radio, Best-Selling Author & Chair, Global Service Institute at LIU

OCT. 27: GARY VAYNERCHUK, chairman of VaynerX and CEO of VaynerMedia, joins us for a Fast Chat on how to do business right, right now. 

NOV. 10: How did the media cover the Election? That’s the focus of this Fast Chat with BRIAN LEHRER of The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC. 

DEC. 8: Get the inside skinny on how to get your opinion heard on CNN, directly from CNN Opinion Editor RICHARD GALANT.

To register for one or more of these shows, please visit

More Fast Chats are continuously added to the calendar. The best way to stay up-to-date is to sign up for the Fair Media Council’s weekly newsletter, The Latest, which will appear in your inbox on Thursdays. (Be sure to whitelist it.) Subscribe to FMC Fast Chat on your favorite podcast site, and hear past episodes featuring Jeffrey Hayzlett, Chair and CEO, C-Suite Network, on how to do business during COVID19; Allison Gilbert, journalist and grief expert, on how to deal with loss and find comfort, and Ben Smith, media columnist, The New York Times, on the state of the news media today. 

The Fair Media Council is a 501c3 nonprofit organization advocating for quality news and working to create a media-savvy society. FMC is based in Huntington, N.Y. For more information, call 516-224-1860, ext. 1, email, or visit


By unanimous decision of the Board of Directors of the Fair Media Council, longtime News 12 Long Island Anchor Carol Silva will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Folio Awards on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The virtual event will be held live on Zoom from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., celebrating the best in news and social media. 
A household name on Long Island, Silva is a widely-respected, award-winning broadcaster and role model. Her tenure at News 12, where she worked for more than 30 years, helped shape the identity of America’s first 24-hour regional news network.
“Carol Silva is part of the fabric of Long Island,” said Jaci Clement, CEO & Executive Director of the Fair Media Council. “Generations have grown up watching her, listening to her stories, and trusting her. The strength of her connection with her audience set the standard for what the public expects from community broadcasters. Carol didn’t simply come into your home, she became part of your family. She is incredibly deserving of this award, for all she has accomplished in her career, as well as who she is as a person and role model.” 
Silva will be honored during the Fair Media Council’s annual awards ceremony, recognizing the best in news and social media as chosen by a media-savvy public. The program brings to life FMC’s two-sided mission: Advocating for quality news and working to create a media-savvy society.
During the online event, speakers and award presenters include: 


  • Lew Leone, Senior Vice President & General Manager, WNYW & WWOR-TV
  • Pat Dolan, Owner, Newsday Media Group & Founder, News 12 Networks
  • Tim Scheld, News & Programming Director, WCBS Newsradio 880
  • Diane Masciale, General Manager, WLIW/WLIW-FM
  • Natalie Pasquarella, Anchor, NBC 4 New York
  • Terry Sheridan, News Director, WSHU Public Radio
  • Elizabeth Hashagen, Anchor, News 12 Long Island
  • Cameo appearance by Ernie Anastos
The Fair Media Council is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Tickets, sponsorships, and advertising opportunities for the Folio Awards are available online at
The Folio Awards are made possible, in part, by Northwell Health, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Hofstra University, Protiviti, NBC 4 New York, WNYW/FOX 5, Mount Sinai South Nassau, Long Island Business News, and Wordhampton.
About Carol Silva

Carol Silva is the Emmy Award-winning news anchor at News 12 Long Island, America’s first 24-hour regional news network.

For more than 30 years Carol has anchored News 12’s top rated show. She has brought home the important stories to 3-million Long Islanders, traveling through their neighborhoods, Ground Zero after September 11, Congress, the New York State Legislature and on the road covering Popes and Presidents.

Carol grew up on Long Island and in 2018, received an Honorary Doctorate from New York Institute of Technology for her career and community work.

Carol began her storytelling while in college, anchoring news at WBAB-FM in Babylon. Her journalism journey has taken her through radio newsrooms at WGBB, WLIR and WGSM on Long Island, and WPIX, WNBC, WOR and WKTU in New York, plus the RKO Radio Network and WNET-PBS Television.

Carol has won more than 40 journalism awards including three Emmys, New York State Associated Press, Press Club, Regional CableAce and Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting awards.

The New York State Senate named Carol a “Woman of Distinction.” LI Business News put her on their “Top 50 Women on Long Island” list. When The Long Island Press newspaper voted her Best Local TV Reporter, she was saluted by the LI Congressional delegation.

About the Fair Media Council

A 501c3 nonprofit organization, FMC advocates for quality news and works to create a media-savvy society. Find out more about the Fair Media Council at


The Fair Media Council’s Folio Awards honor quality news on the national, New York metro regional and Long Island local level, along with social media campaigns that do good. This year, a student category has been introduced, along with a tiered-entry system to encourage early submissions at lower fees.

The Folio Awards Luncheon has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Garden City Hotel. Longtime News12 anchor Carol Silva will receive the Fair Media Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the broadcasting industry and commitment to the Long Island community.

The Folio Awards Luncheon is the biggest, most prestigious media event on Long Island. Hundreds of news media, business and community leaders turn out to network, congratulate the winners on their achievements and to see what stories and social media campaigns captured the public’s interest. 

“We like to say a Folio Award happens at the intersection of critical acclaim and box-office success, because it takes more than quality work to win,” said FMC CEO and Executive Director Jaci Clement. “The work also has to resonate with the public.” 

All entries must be submitted online. Professionals, freelancers and students are eligible to enter in both the news and social media categories. All types of news media may enter. Note that social media campaigns have no geographical requirements, but must simply have been active during the 2019 calendar year. 

The Folio Awards luncheon draws the biggest names in the news business. Most recently, the legendary Eleanor Clift, once of Newsweek and now at The Daily Beast, spoke at the luncheon. The year prior, the featured speaker was The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman. 

The Folio Awards program not only provides a high-profile way for the public to let the news media know how they are performing in their jobs, but the judging process enables judges to analyze and critique stories. Judges are a mix of community leaders and former journalists. FMC uses an exclusive scorecard method for judging, which was designed with the help of Newsday investigative reporting great Bob Greene. FMC’s investigative reporting award is named in Greene’s honor. 

Sponsorships, program advertising and tickets are on sale at All are welcome to attend the event and support the work of the Fair Media Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization advocating for quality news and working to create a media-savvy society.


CNN Senior Political Analyst John Avlon and Margaret Hoover, CNN political commentator and host of PBS’ The Firing Line, will be the featured luncheon speakers at Fair Media Council’s The News Conference: Real & Powerful on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 8 am to 4 pm at the Garden City Hotel. 
For the record: Avlon’s an independent. Hoover, who is the great grand-daughter of Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, is a conservative. Oh, one more thing: They’re married. 
“This will be interesting. And fun,” said Jaci Clement, CEO & Executive Director of FMC.

The News Conference kicks off with a town hall-style breakfast forum, sponsored by Protiviti, focusing on how the news media lost trust with the American public and what it’s doing to win it back. Panelists will be BuzzFeed.News Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, ProPublica President Richard Tofel and Sree Sreenivasan, Loeb Visiting Prof. of Digital Innovation, Stony Brook University. 

FMC CEO & Executive Director Jaci Clement will moderate both the breakfast and luncheon conversations, and take questions from the audience.

The day includes 12 panel discussions to increase the media savvy of business and community leaders. Topics range from transparency in news today to navigating the media landscape. Sessions on crisis management, how to pitch a news story and inside the coverage of politics are perennial favorites of event attendees. Mount Sinai-South Nassau is the networking sponsor. Muck Rack and Long Island Business News are media sponsors. 
Opportunities to be a sponsor, exhibitor and program advertiser are still available. The advertising deadline is Nov. 8 by 5 p.m.
“This program is the largest event in the country to bring news media and the public together for a day of open dialogue, to build mutual understanding and respect,” said Clement. 
Story pitching, relationship building, and opportunities to land media interviews happen throughout the day.
More than 400 business and community leaders, generally with a director title and above, attended last year’s event, along with local, regional and national news media.

Attendees who complete the day are eligible to receive certification in communications leadership, communications strategy or communications management. For more information, click here.

Purchase tickets now until Aug. 30 to save on the price of admission to Fair Media Council’s annual event, The News Conference: Real & Powerful, to be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Garden City Hotel.

Purchase online here.

The News Conference is the largest in the country to bring news media and community together for a day of open dialogue, mutual understanding and respect. Opportunities to pitch stories and one-on-one networking make this exclusive event a must attend for business and community leaders. National, regional and local media will participate in the program.

Attendees may earn Fair Media Council University certification in communications leadership, management and strategy.

For more information, chat with us online or email

The following individuals successfully completed FMC’s Summer Boot Camp program,earning a “Communications Practitioner” certification to illustrate continued training and education in the ever-changing area of news and communications. Congratulations to the following individuals:

Arthur Angst, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Awilda Chacon, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Bibi Bogues, Northwell Heath
Caitlin Pannacchione, New York State Parks
Carol Starr, Long Island Breakfast Club
Carrie Gray, Brian Hamilton Foundation
Chelsea Garcia
Chloe Politis, Mount Sinai
Christine Doud, South Nassau Communities Hospital
Dana Jarrett, Family & Children’s Association
Debra Massucci, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Donna Martini,
Donna Nahas, South Nassau Communities Hospital
Dr. Dawn Figlio, The Organic Foot.
Eddie Marinace, Pegalis Law Group
Ellen Christie, Pegalis Law Group
Ellis Simon
Gabrielle Frandina, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Gia Balda
Hillary Needle, Hillary Needle Events
James Castle, South Nassau Communities Hospital
Jason Molinet, Northwell Health
Jay Schoenfeld, Consultant
Jeff Morosoff, Hofstra University
Jennifer Cardoza, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Jessica DiMarco, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Jessica Lukas, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Joanne Phillips, US Press Association
John Ruggiero, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Jonathan Dolan, ACLD
Katie Laible, Synchronicity
Madison Rudzinski, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Marie Freeman, Long Island Bride & Groom
Mark Head, South Nassau Communities Hospital
Meg Daris, South Nassau Communities Hospital
Mindy Wolfle, ACLD
Miya Jones, Long Island Girls Talk
Nancie Steinberg, Burns McClellan Inc.
Nicole Finocchio, Northwell Health
Paul Focazio, New York Sea Grant
Sam Daly, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Simone Silverbush
Stephanie Wilson, Child Care Council of Nassau County
Suzy Qiu, Mount Sinai
Trudy Fitzsimmons, Synchronicity
Valentina Janek, Long Island Breakfast Club

Certificates will arrive, via email, by Sept. 5. Summer Boot Camp was made possible thanks to Northwell Health, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Mazars USA, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Synchronicity, Vision Long Island and media sponsor Long Island Business News.

The Watch List

See You In Court
A Delaware judge has ruled the Dolan v Altice lawsuit will head to trial, denying Altice’s motion to dismiss. The case, centered on the future of News 12 Networks, is slated to hit court Sept. 4. 

Altice had argued that its promises to operate News 12 according to a 5-year business plan created by the Dolans were essentially a meaningless “gesture” and not enforceable. But the Dolans say the sale of their family-controlled cable empire to Altice would not have taken place without Altice’s pledges regarding News 12.

While both sides attest to looking forward to having their day in court, the legal bills keep racking up, especially for Altice: This is only one of more than 235 lawsuits filed against Altice since 2016.  Read more here.

The Watch List first appears in FMC’s weekly newsletter, The Latest. Email with “email signup” in the subject line to start receiving The Latest


This exclusive half-day event gives attendees a glimpse into the future of communications, while providing best practices, tips and advice. It happens at South Nassau Communities Hospital state-of-the-art Conference Center in Oceanside, Long Island, on Friday, July 26, from 7.30 a.m. – 12 noon. Hot buffet breakfast, casual dress code, expert speakers, communication certification, Q&A and networking are included in the program. See more here.

Every organization seeking to improve its communications, marketing, and media relations efforts should attend and earn FMC certification as a “communications practitioner.” Get a glimpse of emerging trends and head back to the office armed with a bundle of ideas, tips and inspiration to improve your daily routine. This year’s lineup of expert speakers:


Steve Rubel, Chief Media Ecologist, Edelman, presenting his sought-after Media Forecast, which details where and how people will be getting their information tomorrow, so you can adjust your marketing plans accordingly. 

Prof. Steven Skiena, Director of Stony Brook University’s Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation, discussing AI and News Analysis to give insight on how news is consumed and then shared on social media.

Manoj Shamdasani, Vice President, News Development, News12 Networks, will discuss the importance of understanding audience segmentation and development of News12’s news products to help organizations target their pitches correctly 

Diane Masciale, Vice President and General Manager of WLIW and Co-Executive in Charge of All Arts, a newly-launched multimedia endeavor giving unprecedented coverage to New York’s arts and culture, will breakdown the audience of All Arts, and provide insider tips on how to successfully pitch All Arts stories relating to art, film, dance, music, theater, and the written word.

Jody Fisher, Vice President of Austin Williams, will present how to measure and prove the worth of your media & social media campaigns, which is vital for information for communicators seeking to save their jobs or advance their careers.

Attendees completing boot camp will earn ‘Communication Practitioner’ certification. Enjoy hot breakfast, cool dress code of shorts & flip flops, networking & more. FMC member discount ticket only $65; nonmembers, $99. Special discounts for students, veterans and retirees.

This exclusive event is sponsored by Northwell Health, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Mazars USA, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Vision Long Island and Synchronicity Planning & Communications. Long Island Business News is the media sponsor.

Questions? Call 516-224-1860, ext. 1 or email



Hundreds of media and business leaders from the New York metropolitan area celebrate at the Fair Media Council’s 2019 Folio Awards at The Garden City Hotel

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The Fair Media Council (FMC) recognized outstanding works of journalism and exceptional storytellers at its annual Folio Awards event at the Garden City Hotel on March 27, 2019. 

For the first time, this year’s award winners ranged from hyperlocal to regional to national news, to better reflect how technology and media have eliminated
man-made borders and the fact that great news stories impact us all, according to Fair Media Council CEO and Executive Director Jaci Clement.

The luncheon opened with a conversation with media trailblazer Eleanor Clift of MSNBC and The Daily Beast. When asked about her advice for media consumers of today, Clift said, “Find news outlets that you can trust. Open yourself up to hearing opinions from the other side. Understand that the major newspapers, such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, are well within the mainstream of American thought. Don’t get too attached to one news source.”

Former CBS sportscaster and New York radio icon Ed Ingles was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in media. Ingles closed the awards with an important and timely reminder: “It is better to love than to hate.”

Here is the complete list of the 2019 Folio Awards winners:

Story of the Year

Trapped in Gangland, series on MS-13, Hannah Dreier, Reporter, ProPublica, as appeared in ProPublica, New York magazine, Newsday, This American Life, New York Times Magazine

“In response, students, alumni and staff organized to pressure Long Island schools to protect students. The Huntington school district, which Alex attended, removed police from school buildings, and, with other districts, sought a formal agreement with the police limiting officers’ roles in schools. The Department of Homeland Security opened a civil rights investigation into Henry’s case, and ICE changed a practice that had jeopardized the safety of informants. Under
pressure from legislators, Long Island police began investigating the mishandling of MS-13 murders …”

The Derailment the LIRR Didn’t Tell You About, N. J. Burkett, Correspondent, WABC-TV

“On Saturday, July 21, 2018, a derailment caused extensive damage to the Long Island Rail Road’s network of tracks beneath Penn Station. Yet the railroad failed to disclose the incident and did not acknowledge it for 24 hours, until after N. J. Burkett posted exclusive photos of the damage in social media and WABC-TV broadcast reports on the evening of July 22. Dozens of trains were delayed or canceled on Monday morning and tens of thousands of riders were affected. The LIRR president later apologized and claimed he chose not to immediately disclose the derailment because a contingency plan had not been finalized. WABC-TV’s reporting gave Long Island Rail Road commuters several hours of advance warning that the derailment had occurred and could seriously impact their morning commute, and officials were forced to publicly acknowledge the incident. It should be noted that the LIRR did not release its contingency plan until late Sunday evening.”

Public Service
The Business of Firefighting: Death amid Bravery, Joe Dowd & Claude Solnik, Long Island Business News

Robert W. Greene Award in Investigative Reporting 


The Right to Fail, Joaquin Sapien, Reporter, ProPublica; Tom Jennings, Independent Filmmaker, PBS Frontline, as appeared in ProPublica, PBS Frontline, The New York Times

” ‘It was an eye-opener,” National Alliance on Mental Illness senior policy director Ron Honberg said of the investigation. “We were not aware of how individuals were doing who had moved out of the adult homes. … It’s frankly folly to think someone who has been segregated from community for 20 to 30 years could just move into an apartment and live happily ever after.”

Hours after publication, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who had initially approved the settlement, demanded a review of the program. That same day, Office of Mental Health Commissioner Ann Sullivan was questioned about the article at a legislative hearing. She pledged to improve services.”

(Local/Metro Area)
Pet Cemetery Scandal, Sarah Wallace, Investigative Reporter, Dave Hiller, Photojournalist, Kristina Sola, Investigative Producer, Erica Jorgensen, Investigative Producer, NBC New York

“A pet cemetery that was quietly sold last year is saved after distraught owners asked the I-Team to investigate.”

Talk Show
MetroFocus, March 6, 2018, David Brown – Executive Producer, Christina Timothy- Senior Producer, Domenic Camia- Supervising Producer, WLIW/WNET

Davidson’s Last Stand at the Nozzle, Joe Dowd, Long Island Business News 


Port Washington News Magazine, Sept. 26, 2018, by Anton Media Group Staff

Best News Special Report
37 Percent
Carolyn Gusoff: Reporter, Leslie Boone: Editor, Photographers: Joe Garufi & Mike Muskopf, Executive Producers: David Friend, Nicole Tindiglia, WCBS-TV

“Most New York suburban schools graduate more than 90% of their students. But one school district, in Hempstead, Long Island, graduates only 37%, even though it spends the same amount per student as the others. We wanted to find out why.”


Hutton House Director Dismissed, Jada Butler, The Pioneer, LIU-Post

Community Service 

Fighting Opioids at the Library, David Brown – Executive Producer, Christina Timothy- Senior Producer, Domenic Camia- Supervising Producer, MetroFocus, WLIW/WNET

Sean A. Fanelli Award in Education
Field of Screens, Julie Godsoe, Marc Blaustein, Michael Schiavetta, Barry Sloan, Bobbie Dell’Aquilo and Nada Marie Anid, NYIT Magazine

Msgr. Thomas Hartman Award in Religion

This Bay Shore Church Is Reaching Beyond Its Congregation for Building Help, Nicholas Esposito, Journalist,

Continuing News Coverage
MS-13 Arrest Coverage, Cecilia Dowd – Reporter, Krista McNally – Reporter, Chelsea Irizarry – Reporter, FiOS1 News
LIU Athletics Goes D1 by Jada Butler, Anand Venigalla and Josh Tolentino, The Pioneer, LIU-Post

Community Affairs
Ball Field Blow Up, Pei-Sze Cheng, Investigative Reporter; Jeffrey Richardson, Photojournalist, NBC New York
Food Insecurity on Campus, Danna Diamond, reporter/researcher, Starr Fuentes, host, Michael Rossello, host, and the Five Towns College Radio Club, WFTU

Youth Issues
Hundreds of Boy Scouts Visit House of Worship on Long Island, Keith Lopez, Producer, Editor & Photographer, PIX 11

History (tie)
Remembering Dec. 7, 1941 with the Dropping of the Roses, Waldo Cabrera,
Town of Hempstead Renames Street, School in Honor of Civil Rights Hero, Jennifer McLogan, WCBS-TV
“A hero among us, but not because he became a major general in the Air Force. Hempstead children honor their neighbor and name a school after him, after learning he was a member of the Greensboro 4. In 1960, four North Carolina A&T students changed the world … sitting down at a Woolworth lunch counter, defying the racist laws that took away the civil rights of Americans.”

Environment (tie)

Nuns Go Green, Reporter: Carolyn Gusoff, Photographer/Editor: Joe Garufi, WCBS-TV
Local Man Doing His Part to Educate Public About Sharks, Jennifer McLogan, WCBS-TV


Woman Donates Life-Saving Kidney Despite Numerous Health Risks, Jennifer McLogan, WCBS-TV

Balanced, Dr. Cynthia Paulis, Fire Island Tide

Animal Welfare
Passion with a Purpose, Jennifer Fauci, Anton Media Group Senior Editor, Port Washington News Magazine

U.S. Open In Full Swing At Historic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club On Long Island. Jennifer McLogan, WCBS-TV

Arts & Culture


Coltrane House Named National Treasure, Reporter: Carolyn Gusoff, Photographer: Alan Lessner, WCBS-TV

Radio (tie)
How “The Little Prince” Landed on Long Island, Davis Dunavin, WSHU Public Radio

FREE Players Drum & Bugel Corps, Danielle Zulksoky & Jennifer Goldstein, WRHU Radio Hofstra University

Breaking News
Long Island Tornado, WCBS News Team, WCBS Newsradio 880
Repair Hack: Anonymous Instagram Posts, Angelique D’Alessandro, The Pioneer, LIU-Post


Kids in Caves and Kids in Cages, Andrew Malekoff, Executive Director, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, as appeared in Blank Slate Media

Editorial Cartoon
Ignorance & Want, Matt Bodkin, Long Island Business News

Westport Stakes its Claim to the Great Gatsby, Davis Dunavin, WSHU Public Radio 


Publicity & Pong, David Brown – Executive Producer, Christina Timothy- Senior Producer, Domenic Camia- Supervising Producer, MetroFocus, WLIW/WNET

Rockville Centre Man Finally Records Christmas Song, John Hanc, Newsday

Deep Dive: More Spectrum by Christopher Suchy, Video Producer, The Well by Northwell

Local Communities Fret Over Salvadorans Losing Protected Status, Charles Lane, WSHU Public Radio

Latinos Are Bringing A Growing Number of Voting Rights Cases, Charles Lane, WSHU Public Radio

Long Beach Market Storms Back from Sandy, Bernadette Starzee, Long Island Business News

Town Coverage

The Last Race, David Brown – Executive Producer, Christina Timothy- Senior Producer, Domenic Camia- Supervising Producer, MetroFocus, WLIW/WNET


MacArthur: Are We There Yet?, Adina Genn, Long Island Business News

Public Policy
Clear Backpack Policy, Chelsea Irizzary – Reporter, FiOS1 News

Consumer Issues
Sandy Scammer, Reporter Sophia Hall, WCBS Newsradio 880

“Patricia Vezzi was at her wit’s end. A contractor who was working on her Sandy damaged home in East Rockaway had taken more than $200,000 from her and not completed the job. Her home was unlivable, and she was in a terrible emotional and financial state…even contemplating bankruptcy. Sophia Hall brought the story to light on WCBS, plus she called Nassau County Consumer Affairs multiple times. Within a month there was action! The contractor was ordered to pay back the money. To date, the money for the New York Rising loan has been returned, however the contractor has appealed returning the rest. Had Sophia Hall not intervened, Ms. Vezzi may very well have been on the hook for all the money.”

Real Estate & Development
Fear & Loathing in Elmont, David Winzelberg, Long Island Business News

Weather, Boating & Coastal News
Keeping the Waterways Safe, Cecilia Dowd – Reporter, FiOS1 News

Social Media

Best Overall Campaign: Hofstra Votes, The Office of University Relations
The Division of Student Affairs & Hofstra’s Student Government Association – Hofstra University

Informed Electorate Campaign: Election Day at St. John’s, Nick Boffardi, Video Producer, Cherrelle Nicholson, Social Media Manager, Patricia Watts, Senior Associate Director, and Linda Romano, Director – St. John’s University

Best Use of Facebook: Adopt-A-Family Food Drive, William Gonyou, Community Events and Food Drive Manager; Michelle LaFiura, Digital Content Specialist – Long Island Cares

Best Use of Social Media by a Nonprofit: Working Wednesday Campaign, Karen Romanelli; Assistant Director of Community Relations and Development; Shannon Gorlesky; Administrator of Vocational Services – ACLD

Public Awareness Campaign: South Nassau Truth in Medicine Poll, Joe Calderone, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communication and Development; Mark Head, Vice President, External Affairs; Dana Sanneman, Executive Director, Public Relations; James Castle, Manager, Web Development; Donna Nahas, Director, Publications; Christie Liberio, Marketing Manager; Meghan Daris, Senior External Affairs Associate, South Nassau Communities Hospital


GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – 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 excellent journalism and relevance to the public, among other criteria. This year’s luncheon will feature a conversation with Eleanor Clift of MSNBC and The Daily Beast. Radio icon Ed Ingles will also be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jaci Clement, CEO and executive director of the Fair Media Council, serves as the voice of the public in news matters, to ensure news coverage is responsible and the media remains responsive and respectful to the public it serves. “The Folio Awards recognize excellent journalism that resonates with the public – and that’s critical feedback for a newsroom, because great journalism means nothing if it doesn’t capture the public’s attention. Put another way: You need critical acclaim and success at the box office to earn a Folio,” says Clement.

Eleanor Clift, known for her trailblazing career in the media industry, will be this year’s featured speaker, taking part in a conversation with FMC CEO Jaci Clement. “Over the years, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to host some of the most notable names in the news business. We continue the tradition this year, by bringing the legendary Eleanor Clift to Long Island to discuss her groundbreaking career, news and politics today, and life inside the Beltway,” says Clement.

Additionally, Ed Ingles, former sportscaster for WCBS AM 880 New York City, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for outstanding achievement by an individual, and must be approved by FMC’s Board of Directors. In this instance, Clement says, “the vote was unanimous.”

This year’s winning news outlets include Anton Media Group, Blank Slate Media, FiOS1 News,, Long Island Business News,, NBC New York, New York Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Newsday, NYIT Magazine, PBS Frontline, PIX 11, ProPublica, The New York Times, The Pioneer, The Well, This American Life, WABC-TV, WCBS Newsradio 880, WCBS-TV, WFTU Radio, WLIW/WNET, WRHU FM and WSHU Public Radio. ACLD, Hofstra University, Long Island Cares, South Nassau Communities Hospital and St. John’s University will be awarded for their excellence in social media.

This year’s event is sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Northwell Health, Mazars USA, Protiviti, NBC New York, the law firm of Murphy, Bartol & O’Brien, Mount Sinai-South Nassau Communities Hospital, Hofstra University, SUNY Old Westbury, St. John’s University, and ACLD. WABC 7, WNYW/FOX5, Muck Rack and Long Island Business News are media sponsors.

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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.

About Eleanor Clift

Eleanor Clift is currently a columnist for the online publication Daily Beast, where she writes about politics and policy in Washington. Clift also serves as a contributor for MSNBC. Clift has covered every presidential campaign since 1976. Clift began her career as a secretary to Newsweek’s National Affairs editor in New York. She was one of the first women at the magazine to work in the Newsweek newsroom. As a reporter in Newsweek’s Atlanta bureau, Clift covered Jimmy Carter’s bid for the presidency and followed Carter to Washington to become Newsweek’s White House correspondent, a position she held until 1985. Clift left Newsweek briefly in 1985 to serve as White House correspondent for The Los Angeles Times.

She returned to Newsweek the following year to cover the Iran-Contra scandal. Clift is best known as a panelist on the syndicated talk show, “The McLaughlin Group,” and has appeared as herself in several movies, including “Dave,” “Independence Day,” “Murder at 1600,” “Rising Sun,” and the CBS series, “Murphy Brown.” Clift is also the author of multiple books including “War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics,” “Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling,” “Founding Sisters,” and her most recent, “Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics.” Clift lives in Washington, D.C., where she is on the advisory council of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the board of the American News Women’s Club, the Board of Governor’s of the National Hospice Foundation, and the board of Respect Ability.

About Ed Ingles

Ed Ingles is widely known for his long and distinguished career in sports journalism. For nearly three decades, Ingles served as Sports Director and a.m. drive-time sportscaster for WCBS AM 880 New York City. Throughout his career, Ingles was also a broadcaster for the New York Jets and St. John’s University’s basketball team. In addition, Ingles has appeared on CBS’ NFL pregame show numerous times. Today, Ingles uses his knowledge and expertise as Professional-in-Residence to mentor aspiring young radio professionals at Hofstra University.

Golden Buzzer recipient and Long Island native to perform at Garden City Hotel March 27

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Eighteen year-old singer/songwriter Christian Guardino of America’s Got Talent will be opening the Fair Media Council’s 2019 Folio Awards with a performance of The Star-Spangled Banner on Wednesday, March 27 at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York. The Folio Awards will take place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Guardino is known for his appearance in season 12 of America’s Got Talent, where he sang “Who’s Loving You” by the Jackson 5 – earning him Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer. This month, Christian released his first original song, “Waiting” which was written by Guardino and executive produced by country singer Hunter Hayes. “Waiting” is now available on iTunes and can be streamed on Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play, and Spotify. The music video for “Waiting” is set to release on YouTube on April 20.

“Christian Guardino is an exceptional singer with a promising career ahead of him, but just as importantly, he’s a good person with a huge heart. To provide a platform for someone like him is a privilege. And, the last time he was with us, he received a standing ovation. We’re fortunate to host him,” said Jaci Clement, CEO and executive director of the Fair Media Council. 

The Fair Media Council advocates for quality news and works to create a media-savvy society in a media-driven world.

Drawing together the most distinguished and influential group of media and community leaders from the New York metro area, the Folio Awards is the perfect place to showcase Long Island’s talented youth, according to Clement. This year’s event will celebrate and honor quality news and impactful social media campaigns and includes a conversation with media trailblazer Eleanor Clift of MSNBC and The Daily Beast. Sports radio icon Ed Ingles will also be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.

About Christian Guardino
America’s Got Talent’s Christian Guardino is an 18-year-old singer from Patchogue, New York. 

In 2017, Christian became a global sensation with his rendition of ‘Who’s Loving You” by the Jackson 5 and earned Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer, moving him straight through to the live shows. Released this month, Christian’s latest single “Waiting” is an original song, executive produced by country singer Hunter Hayes. In 2018, Christian debuted his first single titled, “Missing Part of Me.” 

In 2014, Christian was the Grand Prize Champion at The Apollo Theater’s
“Amateur Night at The Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category. He has since returned many times as a guest performer. Christian’s appearances and performances include “The Many Colors of Soul 2015,” “World Tenors Unleashed” Workshop 2015, The Hip Hop Public Health’s “Health in Key” Gala, The New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell Ceremony, and the national anthem at a New York Islanders playoff game 2016. Also in 2016, he performed a duet with
multi-platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks for Michelle Obama’s “Fit 2 Celebrate Gala” in Washington D.C. Christian has appeared on FOX’s two-hour television special, “Showtime at The Apollo. Christian was also featured in the September edition of National Geographic, telling his miracle story of being cured of blindness. Christian continues to share his voice with the world through his philanthropic work with organizations including Children’s Miracle Network
Hospitals and the Vision of Children Foundation.

About Fair Media Council
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. FMC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered on Long Island, N.Y.


GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – 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

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
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.

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