Serant, Claire

Assistant Faculty Advisor to student newspaper

Phone: 718-262-5198
Office Location: AC-2A13B

Office Hours 
Monday 9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. & 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. 
Wednesday 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. 


MS Columbia University Journalism 1998 
BS St. John's University Journalism 1984 
Claire Serant is a lecturer in the English department’s journalism program. Prior to York College, Ms. Serant worked as a general assignment reporter at the New York Daily News for 14 years. She has freelanced for Black Enterprise and Essence magazines, New York Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Star Ledger (Newark). Ms. Serant worked as a senior editor at CMP Media LLC where she wrote business articles for Electronic Buyers’ News. She taught journalism at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. Ms. Serant has a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

Areas of Expertise

beat reporting
consumer journalism
journalism history

Books in Field Of Expertise

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Serant, Claire. "Fortune's Folly." Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education. Vol 17 Spring 2010: 12 -20.

Serant, Claire.. "Citizen journalists starting newspapers in towns that have lost their weeklies." Grassroots Editor. Vol 50,No.3 Fall 2009: 13-14.

Serant, Claire. "Campaign to remember crusading editor." The Star Ledger (Newark). Feb.2008: B5.

Serant, Claire. "Published 22 articles." New York Newsday. 2004 to 2008: .

Serant, Claire. "Ground Zero opens engineer's eyes." The Journal News (Westchester)). Sept. 2004: B1.

Serant, Claire. "Published over 200 business articles." Electronic Buyers News. 1999 to 2003: .

Serant,Claire. "Published several hundred news articles." New York Daily News. 1988 to 2000: .

Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Serant, Claire. "Writing Racial Wrongs: T. Thomas Fortune." Professional Studies Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal. III, Number 1 2007: 75-84.

Reviews in Field Of Expertise

"American Journalism" Fall 2009: p 123- 124.

"American Journalism" Fall 2006: p 120 - 121.


Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" The Mel Berkowitz Show: New York State Child Support Laws " 2009: Queens Public Television.

" The Mel Berkowitz Show: New York City School Board " 2009: Queens Public Television.

" Keynote Speaker - Convocation " 2009: St. Barnabus High School - Bronx, New York.

" Celebration of T. Thomas Fortune " 2009: Red Bank (New Jersey) Public Library.

" The Mel Berkowitz Show: Young People and Stress " 2008: Queens Public Television.

" Writing Racial Wrongs: T. Thomas Fortune " 2007: The joint meeting of the American Journalism Historians Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at New York University.

" Fortune's New York " 2007: Symposium on the 19th Century Press, The Civil War and Free Expression at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

" Guest Speaker for St. John's University's Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) " 2007: St. John's University.

" Cracking the Big Apple Code " 2006: New York Association of Black Journalists.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

News Literacy Summer Institute for Teachers at Stony Brook University: July 11 to July 22 2011.

Donald Reynolds Business Journalism Fellowship: January 2010.

Minority Writers Seminar: April 2009.

Teaching Excellence New York Association of Black Journalists: February 2008.

Knight Bagehot Fellowship at Columbia University: August 1997 to May 1998.

Offices Held In Professional Societies

Vice chairperson - Programming - the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) - Newspaper and Online News Division: August 2012 to 2013.

Co-research chair - AEJMC's Newspaper and Online News Division: August 2010 through August 2012.

Co-teaching chair- AEJMC - Minorities and Communication Division: August 2009 to August 2010.

Secretary- Newspaper division- AEJMC: August 2008 to August 2010.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Keynote speaker at T. Thomas Fortune House fundraiser in Red Bank, New Jersey: June 12, 2015.

Speaker at reception for Queens authors - Senator Leroy Comrie: May 16, 2015.

Footsteps to Follow- journalism mentor for middle and high school students - Girlz Talk at Hofstra University: May 6, 2015.

Judge- New York Press Club: 2013 to present.

Judge - Society of Professional Journalists - Student competition: 2013 to present.

Footsteps to Follow - student mentoring NYC public schools: 2013 to present.

T. Thomas Fortune House Preservation Committee: 2013 to present.

Editorial Board Member Newspaper Research Journal: 2009 to present.

Long Island Fair Media Connection Day: 2009.

Paper Reviewer - AEJMC Annual Conferences: 2007 to present.

Serant, Claire

Serant, Claire