Jackson Conference

Dr. Gordon S. JacksonThe Gordon S. Jackson Conference for Media Law and Ethics was launched in 2015 to bring students, faculty, journalists and community members together to discuss emerging legal and ethical issues.

Professor Gordon Jackson taught journalism at Whitworth University for 32 years. In that tenure, he taught both journalism law and ethics, along with many writing and reporting classes.

His latest book, Christians, Free Expression, and the Common Good: Getting Beyond the Censorship Impulse reflects that lifelong commitment as he explores how free speech and faith coexist.

The conference is funded by the Alfred O. Gray Freedom of Expression Fund.

2016 Conference

The 2016 conference, held April 16, 2016, was titled “Covering the Elections,” and discussed the legal and ethical concerns in covering campaigns in the modern era. The conference opened with comments from University of Arizona professor Kate Kenski, and closed with a lunch keynote from University of Minnesota professor Christopher Terry.


2015 Conference

In our inaugural year, the conference was not themed. Instead, attendees explored a variety of timely issues in workshops, then gathered for lunch to hear keynote speaker Monica Guzman discuss “Themes from the Edge of Ethics.”