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Wilton C. Jackson II​, MMC

Wilton Jackson has learned that those who possess the ability to ask questions while making others feel comfortable can go a long way in life. In fact, since talking to people and obtaining information are significant parts of his job as a journalist, it is essential for him to gain their trust. Currently, Wilton works as a breaking news writer for Sports Illustrated. He previously worked as a breaking news reporter for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, a subsidy of the Gannett/USA Today Company. “If people aren't comfortable with you, they won’t tell you anything. I have a way of talking to people and making them feel comfortable and building trust,” he shares.


Wilton made the decision to become a reporter during his high school senior year. He knew that he loved to write and that he would like to be on television one day. In order to obtain his goals, Wilton worked to earn both a bachelor's degree in multimedia journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Mass Communications (MMC) degree with an emphasis in news and sports reporting from Louisiana State University.

Wilton lives by a quote by Malcolm X: “Education is the passport to the future. Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” He embodies the spirit of these words through his development of The Diversity Media and Technology Project, which consists of a series of modules that include lesson plans and interactive videos to help train high school students to be digitally savvy in journalism. Wilton started the project in his home state of Mississippi with the long-term goal of getting the modules into schools nationwide for students considering a career in journalism.


Wilton also works to further his industry as an immediate past parliamentarian of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ), a former National Board Student Representative for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and a professor of journalism at Jackson State University.



Wilton C. Jackson II, MMC

Breaking News Writer

Sports Illustrated

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