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Donny Jackson, executive producer and show runner for CNN’s “United Shades of America with Kamau Bell,” will visit the Newhouse School on MONDAY April 3 for the 16th Annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media. Assistant professor of communications Charisse L’Pree will moderate a discussionabout the intersection of entertainment, journalism, social justice, and public discourse with Jackson at 7:30 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3. Follow on Twitter at #JournalismMatters.
As a clinical psychologist with a specialty in conflict resolution, Jackson brings unique perspectives and skills to producing unscripted television. In a media environment where conflict appears invaluable, he uses media to deepen the conversation and resolve conflicts.
In addition to his work with “United Shades of America,” Jackson has produced “R&B Divas” (TV One), “Mary Mary” (WE), “The Surreal Life” (WB) and “The Bachelor” (ABC). He has been involved with programs on a wide range of topics, including music, sports, education, journalism and social media.
Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia. Prior to producing television, he worked as a consultant and clinical trainer in California, Pennsylvania and New York; served as the director of the Psychological Service Center at Widener University in suburban Philadelphia; and worked with young men in the court system in Philadelphia.
Jackson is also an accomplished writer and spoken word poet whose work has been featured by artists like Tshaka Campbell, Jaidene Veda and Russell Simmons. His one-man, multi-character spoken word play, “One Man Shown,” will return to the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles in fall 2018.
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This is a Journalism Matters event, supported by the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. The Newhouse School stands for ethical, independent, fair and accurate journalism, and for its important function as a check on the power of government. We advance those values through our curriculum and our support of students, faculty, staff and alumni. In an era of tremendous challenge to the profession, we do this because journalism is essential to democracy.