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Faculty Profile

Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson

Assistant Professor of Journalism

Email: rjackson@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2292
Office: Marston 204


Education: BA, Pennsylvania State University, 1977; MA, University of Washington, 1995; PhD, University of Washington, 2005. At SPU since 1995.

Rick Jackson began his work at SPU following 13 years as copy editor and religion reporter at daily newspapers in Springfield, Missouri, and Everett, Washington. He is married and has two children.

Dr. Jackson’s teaching balances building skills in reporting and writing with examining the role of journalism and mass media in society. Dr. Jackson also serves as faculty adviser for The Falcon, SPU’s award-winning student newspaper.

At a time of revolutionary change in media industries, it is more important than ever to examine journalism and media industries through a critical lens that is informed by Christian faith. Dr. Jackson’s work emphasizes an approach to media work that focuses the best practices in the workplace and strong ethics in all of life.  

Please see Dr. Jackson’s CV for more information.


Rick Jackson Teaching

Why I Teach at SPU

Rick Jackson, Assistant Professor of Journalism

“I teach at SPU because I cherish working in an environment that encourages constant reflection on what it means to live as a Christian amid a media landscape that is in perpetual transformation. Therefore, we can have an ongoing conversation on faith and practice that, in the words of reconciliation scholar John Paul Lederach, has its ‘head in the clouds and feet on the ground.’”

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