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Released November 8, 2002
Pulitizer Prize-winning photojournalist Ted Jackson featured at MUW presentation
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- A candid look into the world of photojournalism is the featured topic during a special program at Mississippi University for Women.
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Ted Jackson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, will discuss his work during a special presentation Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. in the Cromwell Communication Center located on the campus of MUW. The presentation, sponsored by the Division of Business and Communication, is free and the public is invited to attend.
"We are pleased to have such an outstanding photojournalist speak to our communication students and are thrilled the general public can attend," said Debbie Montgomery, communication instructor and program organizer.
"Ted is a dynamic speaker and his photographs are incredible. His passion for photojournalism, but more importantly, for life and the stories behind the pictures, will inspire you," Montgomery said.
Jackson has photographed projects ranging from swamp dwelling Cajuns to Pope John Paul II touring the United States. He has covered natural disasters, including earthquakes and hurricanes.
While covering New Orleans daily news and sports, he photographed "Desire, Death of a Dream," an essay on life in the Desire housing development, one of the country's worst. He also produced an extended photo essay on a successful crack cocaine rehabilitation facility and several stories on the city's homeless population. Geopolitical stories have included the opening of the Berlin Wall, war in the Persian Gulf, several pieces on life in Cuba and upheaval in Haiti.
He also photographed a comprehensive look at the collapse of the world's fisheries called "Oceans of Trouble." The series won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
A native of McComb, Jackson graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. He lives in Covington, La., with his wife Nancy. They have two sons. He also spends much of his free time working with the benevolence ministry at Causeway Boulevard Church of Christ.
For more information, contact the Division of Business and Communication at (662) 329-7152.
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