Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jaci Clement earned her first byline in a daily newspaper when she was in the fourth grade. She’s been working for and with media ever since.

Today, Clement is the chief executive officer and executive director of the Fair Media Council, a New York metro area 501c3 nonprofit organization that advocates for quality news and works to create a media savvy society.

A sought-after commentator on the topic of news and media, she has appeared on countless news and talk shows around the country, and speaks frequently to organizations throughout the United States about media issues and also writes extensively on the topic. She currently writes on Medium.

An award-winning journalist and marketer, Clement has an unusual background in having worked on both the editorial and business sides of the newspaper industry, for Times Mirror Co. and Minneapolis-based Dolan Media. Her understanding of the industry and comprehensive media expertise is well recognized.

Clement is a member of the National Press Club and the London-based organization, The Media Society.  Her professional affiliations have included membership in the Association of Women in Communication and International Radio and Television Society Foundation, Inc. She is a former member of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana’s Media Ethics Magazine advisory board.

She was an invited participant in a project to shape the newsroom of the future sponsored by the Media Giraffe Project, a research initiative housed within the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, journalism program. Her interest in the need for a strong national broadband program led her to participate in the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, to support the U.S. initiative to create a comprehensive broadband infrastructure. Her association with PENCIL enabled her to work with fourth and fifth-grade teachers at PS 24 in Flushing, Queens to introduce their students to concepts of news literacy as necessary to the development of critical thinking skills and, ultimately, as the key to creating world-class citizens.

She holds the title of Executive Communicator, the highest rank of distinction bestowed by the Association of Women in Communications. She was a regular guest on PBS affiliate WNET/WLIW’s 21 Forum and an adjunct professor of journalism at Hofstra University. She has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines, and was a regular contributor to Long Island Business News. She is a contributor to the book, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Social Media.”

Clement was an honorary member of the League of Women Voters of the City of New York’s Annual Luncheon for many years. She was also a member of the board of directors of The Early Years’ Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to kindergarten readiness and is a former associate director of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in the country. 

She has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Advancement for Commerce, Industry and Technology (ACIT). The Long Island Association has presented her with its Media Advocate of the Year Award. 

More about Jaci Clement can be found by clicking here.