FMC Earns Public Service & Activism Award

FMC Earns Public Service & Activism Award

The Fair Media Council’s signature event, The News Conference: Real & Powerful, has earned a 2022 Communicator Award for Virtual and Remote events in the Public Service & Activism category from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA).  

The News Conference: Real & Powerful brings together the best in journalism to take the public behind the scenes in news today, with exclusive conversations and insider access. It’s an opportunity to a greater understanding of current events and how news decisions are made — it’s all part of FMC’s mission to create a media-savvy society so the public can navigate today’s complicated media landscape with ease. The News Conference is a must-attend for news junkies, influencers, leaders, advocates, academics, spokespeople, marketing, public relations and branding experts, journalists and students.

The 2021 event, which earned AIVA’s Communicator Award of Distinction, featured four days of discussions with acclaimed journalists, academics and communication professionals engaging in panel discussions ranging from news forecasts to talks on the state of the presidency and journalism inside the Beltway. 

“The most amazing people take part in The News Conference,” said Jaci Clement, CEO & Executive Director of the Fair Media Council. “Bringing expert sources and distinguished journalists together creates an atmosphere that embraces audience questions. They really want to know what’s on peoples’ minds and how they can help them excel at being critical news consumers.”

Due to the pandemic, the 2021 event was held as a virtual event for the first time. The four-day schedule of The News Conference: Real & Powerful 2021 revolved around themes for the day, beginning with how local news stories become national stories and ending with how national news turns local. A deep dive into politics, climate change,  and the American presidency rounded out the agenda. 


The 28th Annual Communicator Awards by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts received over 4,000 entries received from around the world. It is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. Winners  included Forbes, The Walt Disney Company Europe & Africa, Mattel, State Farm, Philips, T-Mobile, Yes & Agency, Pepsico, and many more. 

Founded by passionate communications professionals over two decades ago, The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best digital, video, podcasts, marketing, mobile, and print work the industry has to offer. The Communicator Awards is widely recognized as one of the largest and most coveted awards of its kind in the world.

The Communicator Awards are judged and curated by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). The AIVA is an assembly of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Current AIVA membership represents a “Who’s Who” of
acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms including: GE Digital, Spotify, Condè
Nast, Disney, Republica, Majestyk, Fast Company, Upstatement, and many others


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The Fair Media Council advocates for quality news and works to create a media-savvy society. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FMC is one of the oldest, most successful media watchdogs in the country. Businesses and nonprofit organizations that place an emphasis on corporate responsibility comprise our membership, which currently tops 128,000 people. 

Due to the nature of our work, our membership represents an incredibly diverse array of organizations by industry, size, and location. Any organization seeking to improve its communication may benefit by joining the Fair Media Council. Those that place a premium on media relations will find many opportunities in FMC programming to help them achieve their goals. Corporate sponsorships, in addition to memberships, also provide incredible visibility opportunities for our supporters.  

To see the complete list of benefits, please click here. 

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