The Gordon S. Jackson conference on media law and ethics was created in 2014 to honor long-time Communication Studies faculty member Gordon Jackson. Jackson was best known for his research and courses dedicated to the legal and ethical aspects of modern communication, and he taught thousands of Whitworth students how to be smarter, kinder and better communicators.
The conference is held each spring and explores significant issues in media from both legal and ethical perspectives.
The 2017 conference invited University of Minnesota professor Jane Kirtley and University of Northern Colorado professor Lee Anne Peck to discuss “Fake News, Alternative Facts and Verification in Modern Media.”
The 2016 conference focused on political communication and featured presentations from University of Arizona professor Kate Kenski:
and University of Minnesota professor Christopher Terry:
The conference launched in 2015 and explored a variety of legal and ethical topics. Guest speakers included First Amendment lawyer Duane Swinton, Inlander columnist Daniel Walters, and Geekwire reporter and SPJ Ethics Committee co-chair Mónica Guzmán.