earned her first byline in a daily newspaper when she was in the fourth grade.
BACKGROUND: Uniquely qualified by having worked in newsrooms and on the business side of media outlets
MISSION: Helping society use news correctly, to open minds, explore the world and live better lives. Holding media accountable, to be the best it can be
JOB: Provides the media with a reality check, serving as voice of the public on how the media is doing its job
MEMBER: National Press Club, London-based The Media Society, Alliance for Women in Media, National Association of Media Literacy Educators (NAMLE), Council for Unity Advisory Board
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As the chief executive officer and executive director of the Fair Media Council, Jaci Clement has brought the biggest names and most influential players in the media industry to Long Island.
Her range of guests has included The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, Rita Cosby, The Marshall Project’s Bill Keller, “Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House” author and media critic Michael Wolff, Dan Rather, Helen Thomas, Bob Woodruff and Al Roker, among many others.
She is a sought-after commentator on the topic of media and public perception, having appeared on countless news and talk shows around the country. An accomplished public speaker, she has keynoted, moderated and facilitated at events for organizations throughout the United States about media and communications issues.
In her role at Fair Media Council, Clement 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. She also creates programming to help the public understand news and appreciate its importance to American society.
Her interest in news and how it works began at an early age: One day her father told her if she wanted to be successful in life, she’d need to understand business. He then handed her a copy of the Wall Street Journal and asked her to read it every day. She was in the fourth grade. Over time, she cultivated her media habits to include a variety of dailies, news magazines and more and used them to broaden her understanding of classroom teachings. She soon began writing for publication and served as the editor of every school publication from eighth grade through college. In college, while serving as the news editor of Hofstra Chronicle, she made headlines around the country for writing an investigative news story that forced the resignation of a tenured professor.
Her work has appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times, Newsweek, The Hill, Long Island Business News, Broadcasting & Cable, Newsday and Better Homes & Gardens, among others. She was a popular guest on PBS’s New York affiliate, WNET/WLIW’s 21 Forum, a weekly talk show on current events. She is a contributor to the book, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Social Media,” and created the “New York/New Jersey Publicity Guide and Media Directory,” currently available on Amazon.com.
An award-winning journalist and marketer, Jaci Clement 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 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 and deductive reasoning skills.
She believes media savvy children grow up to become world-class citizens.
She holds the title of Executive Communicator, the highest rank of distinction bestowed by the Association of Women in Communications, and was an adjunct professor of journalism at Hofstra University. She is a former member of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana’s Media Ethics Magazine advisory board. She 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.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Jaci Clement attended Hofstra University, where she earned a B.A. in communications/journalism. She lives on Long Island, N.Y. Interests include traveling and restaurants (not necessarily in that order) and dancing. She is a former pro-am ballroom dance competitor and champion and is writing a novel on the experience.