In Media: NY Sea Grant Wins 'Best Social Media Public Awareness Campaign' Folio
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In addition to being featured on NYSG's Web site, Facebook & Twitter pages, the limited series was featured in the program's NY Coastlines e-news

Stony Brook, NY, September 22, 2020 - In a virtual ceremony held on September 22nd, New York Sea Grant's (NYSG) "Currents Clips" received a Folio Award from the Fair Media Council (FMC) for "Best Social Media Public Awareness Campaign."

NYSG — a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York — has offices based at Stony Brook University (SBU) and is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Sea Grant College Program.

Launched in mid-2019 as a limited series, "Currents Clips" is a collection of one- to two-minute videos that immerses NYSG website visitors, social media followers and NY Coastlines e-newsletter subscribers into the program's coastal research, extension and education work.

Running in two waves that began in late May 2019, a total of 40 clips were released through late fall via @nyseagrant on Facebook and Twitter as well as at

As highlighted in the video "The Post-Superstorm Sandy Upside in Great South Bay," NYSG funded research has supported the work of SBU's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

In another video in the series, "NYSG Research Zooms In On Water Quality, Severe Storms, Seafood Safety," the coastal science program highlights results and resources from some 2018-19 funded investigations that provide useful information to the public, businesses, coastal communities and managers.

Each of these words-on-the-screen videos, produced by NYSG Communications Manager Paul C. Focazio and freelance writer Ryan Strother in collaboration with the program's staff, features a similar instrumental backing track, as they are designed to be viewed with or without sound in social media news feeds.

"There are a lot of stories being covered by New York's media, especially on Long Island and throughout New York City," said Focazio. "So this series was our experiment to act as 'disruptors' in this ever-increasingly saturated market, with our end product making science more accessible and digestible to a wide-ranging audience on social media."

The idea worked, furthering NYSG's mission of "Bringing Science to Shore" by serving New York aquatic science videos to more than 20,000 Facebook users, and an average of 1,600 viewers per day on Twitter. "I'm proud to report that we achieved our goal, which was to provide eye-catching summaries of our scientifically-driven, detailed stories in a concise and visually compelling way," said Focazio.

"The Folio judging process is unlike any other, as it seeks to recognize outstanding social media campaigns of relevance and importance to the public," said FMC CEO and Executive Director Jaci Clement. "That's a high standard, and on behalf of the Fair Media Council's Board of Directors, we congratulate you on raising the bar even higher."

The 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. Each year, a mix of business and community leaders and journalists volunteer their time as judges to support the Fair Media Council and its Folio Awards.

For more, read the full press release.

The first video in the series, "The State of Sea Grant," is a one-and-a-half minute snapshot of the 20 page 2019 biennial report shared with the U.S. Congress, which includes statistics on the coastal science program's benefits to communities nationwide.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, University at Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube links. NYSG offers a free e-list sign up via for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly. Our program also produces an occasional e-newsletter,"NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog,

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