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Student Journalists Win Folio Awards

By Caroline Ryan


Kristina Huderski, a senior broadcasting major, journalism minor, and Jacqueline Escobar, a freshman education major, were awarded Folio Awards by the Fair Media Council on March 29 at a ceremony at the Garden City Hotel.

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Kristina Huderski, senior broadcasting major

Both award winners are members of the Pioneer, who were recognized in the long-form feature story category for stories published in the Pioneer. Huderski, the Pioneer’s features editor, won for her story, “Dance Student takes on Broadway,” published on Feb. 21, 2017. The story profiled dance major Rhaamell Burke and what led him to Broadway.

Escobar, who joined the Pioneer as a staff writer during her first semester at college, won for her story, “To Counter Prejudice? Excellence is the Answer: Overcoming Labels,” published on Nov. 14, 2017.

Alumna, Jennifer Shepardson (’16) also received two Folio Awards for work done at her internship with MYLITV.

The Folio Awards are hosted by the Fair Media Council, a non-profit organization that “advocates for quality news and works to create a media-savvy society in a media-driven world.” The event was dedicated to John Kominicki, the publisher of the New York Press, who passed away in December after a brief battle with cancer.

“On behalf of the Fair Media Council Board of Directors and the judges, congratulations to this year’s Folio winners, representing the best in local news and social media,” Jaci Clement, CEO and executive director of the Fair Media Council, said. “The entries were outstanding works of journalism, telling stories that matter and providing the public with the news and information they need to know,” according to the Fair Media Council’s website.

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Jacqueline Escobar, freshman education major

New York Times White House Correspondent, Maggie Haberman spoke at the awards luncheon in a Q&A format with Clement about her experiences covering President Donald Trump, the White House, and her role in covering some of today’s top stories.

Haberman has interviewed Trump in person and has covered him on and off since 2011. “There were only about five of us from the original press core, who stayed with him from the beginning,” Haberman said.

Haberman noted that Trump doesn’t like negative media coverage. Clement brought up Trump’s March 11, 2018 tweet referencing the “failing New York Times” and what he called “a false story” about his displeasure with his legal team on the Russia case. “The writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, a Hillary flunky, knows nothing about me and is not given access,” Trump wrote in the tweet. Haberman retweeted Trump, responding “lol.”

Haberman stated that Trump hasn’t changed since becoming President. “He was very anxious about his job, you can’t fake being president,” Haberman said.

Tamsen Fadal and Dan Mannarino from WPIX11 News announced the award winners, while the audience got a sneak peak of the video and audio pieces that won awards.

Winners included WPIX11 News, NBC New York, and CBS New York. LIU Post was the only university which received Folio Awards.

Editor’s Note: Caroline Ryan, the editor-in-chief of the Pioneer, attended the Folio Awards on behalf of the Pioneer.

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