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Gordon Jackson

Gordon Jackson

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: (509) 777-3774
Fax: (509) 777-4512
Office Location: Lindaman Sem.Center 116

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Courses Taught

Ph.D. Indiana University
M.A. Wheaton College
B.A. University of Cape Town, South Africa

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty:  1983

Areas of Specialization / Expertise:
Journalism; media ethics; media censorship; South African media; humorous and misleading signs; quotations

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors:

Books published: Jesus Does Stand Up, and Other Satires -- Parables, Pictures and Parodies for Todays Church
(Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2010); The Weather is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful -- And Other Quotes for the Thoughtful Traveler (2009); Watchdogs, Blogs and Wild Hogs: A Collection of Quotations on Media (2006); Destination Unknown (2004), a book on guidance; Never Scratch a Tiger with a Short Stick and Other Quotes for Leaders (2003); A Compact Guide to Discovering God's Will (2001); Quotes for the Journey, Wisdom for the Way (2000), a book of religious quotations; Outside Insights (1998), a book of quotes about South Africa by outsiders; and Breaking Story: The South African Press (1993), an evaluation of the media during the last years of apartheid.

Publications include: a chapter, "Ten things I want community leaders to know about journalism," in Media Accountability Today - And Tomorrow (2008, Goteburg, Sweden: Nordicom); "TV2: The introduction of television for blacks in South Africa" in Gazette (1982); "Electronic Religion and the Separation of Church and State" in Ecquid (1982); "The Prison Exposes and Muldergate: A case study in changing government-press relations in South Africa" (1980), a prize-winning paper published by the African Studies Program, Indiana University.

Jackson has served as an ombudsman and a consultant for Spokane's daily newspaper, The Spokesman-Review, and is a frequent speaker on the media and related issues.  He has consulted on communications issues with Christian organizations in Egypt, Lebanon and Uganda, and taught in the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea program during spring semester 2002.