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Pacific Standard: Contested Lands
With support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, we sent six Magnum photographers to remote regions around the world where indigenous communities are waging unseen battles against governments and commercial interests to remain on their ancestral lands. Their results led to a special cover-to-cover print issue and custom microsite. Large-scale photography from the project was displayed as a special art exhibit at the World Affairs Auditorium in San Francisco, and in downtown Philadelphia, bringing this work off the page and out into the streets.

Visit the Contested Lands Custom-Built Microsite (2018)→


Pacific Standard: Understanding Generation Z
We hear a lot about how Gen Z represents a new kind of generation: digital natives drastically different even from Millennials, who already had the Boomers scratching their heads. Are they really any different? This project—a collaboration between Pacific Standard and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences—draws on Stanford University’s “Understanding iGen,” for which researchers did deep interviews with college students in the United States and the United Kingdom, while also drawing on behavioral data, consumer trends, and a series of surveys.

Read the 36 pieces from this special report on generation z (2019)


Pacific Standard: Print Issues as Editor-in-Chief
Pacific Standard aspires to write stories that matter, stories that, by virtue of their ideas and craft, are capable of creating a better and more just society. With a methodology that mixes rigorous investigative reporting with peer-reviewed research, the magazine is fiercely committed to covering social and environmental justice. Every item published in the print title and on the dynamic daily website aims to start informed, civil conversations and—through the use of reporting, immersive photography, and compelling design—engage readers with stories of consequence.

SELECT PAGES From Pacific Standard Print Issues (2015–)→


Pacific Standard: Mid-Year Impact Report
Examples of Pacific Standard story impact include appearances on major radio programs, numerous industry awards, citations by a number of state and federal lawmakers, inclusion in course packets and other lists, pick-up by many influential individuals, and more. The PS Interview with Bryan Stevenson (February 2018), "What Well-Meaning White People Need to Know About Race," conceived as an intellectual primer for readers who think they already know how and why they should be sensitive to matters of race, was among the most popular PS long-form stories of the year.

Entries From the Mid-Year Impact Report (2018) →


Pacific Standard: The 50 States Project
From the March/April 2018 issue of Pacific Standard: Short dispatches from each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories provide an aerial view of the nation at this moment in time: a state-by-state accounting of our concerns, obsessions, ambitions, and priorities. Contributors include Matthew Teague, Susan Straight, Amanda Mull, Luis Alberto Urrea, Roxanne Quimby, Charles Mann, Benjamin Busch, Jason Kander, Molly Priddy, Alexander Chee, Tom Colicchio, Bronwen Dickey, Jason Fagone, Terry Tempest Williams, and Bill McKibben.

Select Entries From the 50 States Project (2018) →


Pacific Standard: End-of-Year Report
Since its founding in 2008, Pacific Standard has been a leading voice in public-policy discourse. Pacific Standard stories have regularly been cited in academic research, congressional hearings, policy proposals, and state supreme court decisions, and have been a topic of discussion among such leading figures as Bill McKibben, Don Beyer, and Jamelle Bouie. In addition, PS work is regularly promoted through organizations such as The Marshall Project, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Sierra Club.

Pages From the End-of-Year Report (2017) →


Pacific Standard: Print Redesign
Over a six-month period in 2015 and 2016, the Pacific Standard editorial management team gathered in coffee shops and conference rooms to completely make over the brand's print magazine. They began by re-considering and re-affirming those things that set PS apart from all the other outlets vying for the support and attention of readers, and then they rolled up their sleeves and overhauled the magazine page by page. The result was an all-new reader experience: a distinctive and compelling combination of stories that matter with visuals that beckon.

Before-and-After Images From the Print Redesign (2016) →


Pacific Standard: The Future of Work and Workers
What worries you most—and/or excites you most—about the future of work and workers? Put another way: What will be the most consequential changes in the world of work and workers, and what anxieties and possibilities will they produce? With support from The Rockefeller FoundationThe Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University asked this of business and union leaders, social scientists, visionaries, activists, and journalists around the world. The project, in collaboration with Pacific Standard, is called "The Future of Work and Workers."

Information From the Future of Work and Workers Project (2015) →


Pacific Standard: Digital Redesign
Project Objective: To redesign and redevelop the website of Pacific Standard ( A primary goal of the redesign is to introduce a responsive WordPress-based layout that will accommodate desktop, tablet, and mobile phone formats and is attractive, with an intuitive interface that makes information easy to find, navigate, understand, and share. The look will be clean, incorporate white space, and will be timeless. The goal is for the design to last for several years and not feel dated, and to offer curious users compelling teasers and featured content.

Objectives and Wireframes From the Digital Redesign (2014) →

The Daily Northwestern
While a student at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, Jackson worked on the Daily Northwestern in a variety of positions, moving around the newsroom and filling mostly digital and magazine roles from 2005 to 2009. Perhaps most significantly, he served as the editor-in-chief of the Weekly for a quarter, from November of 2008 through March of 2009, after previously working as both the Weekly's managing editor and an assistant editor as part of the small team that launched the magazine.

Sample Issues From The Weekly (2009) →


The Daily Northwestern: The Summer Northwestern
From June of 2008 through September of 2008, Jackson worked as the editor-in-chief of the Summer Northwestern, the summer version of the Daily Northwestern, the only daily print publication for Northwestern University and the city of Evanston, Illinois (pop. 75,000), and, as such, was responsible for all editorial content in and staff members working on the paper. In this role, he worked closely with both the general manager of the Daily's parent company and met with members of the board of directors on a regular basis to discuss editorial vision and direction.

Sample Issues From The Weekly (2009) →


The Daily Northwestern: The Weekly
As the editor-in-chief, Jackson was responsible for all editorial content in and staff members working for the Weekly (four additional editors and approximately 60 contributing writers), a magazine-style, weekly insert in the Daily Northwestern focused on campus news and arts and culture. In this role, he collaborated with the Daily Northwestern's editor-in-chief and other senior newsroom leaders to plan the editorial vision for each issue and the publication as a whole, and served as a member of the Daily Northwestern's small editorial board.

Sample Issues From The Weekly (2009) →


Chicago Unzipped: Second Edition
Jackson worked as the editor-in-chief of Chicago Unzipped from August of 2006 until June of 2008 while a student at Northwestern University. As the editor-in-chief, he oversaw production of Unzipped, a 384-page innovative city guidebook created entirely by college students for college students, and accompanying subscription-based website; managed a staff of 150 editors, writers, photographers, and designers at several universities across Chicago; and was responsible for all editorial content associated with the second and third editions of the title.

Sample Pages from the second edition (2006–07) →


Chicago Unzipped: Third Edition
"We wanted to create a guidebook that goes where others don't and really let people know what it's like to live like a Chicagoan," said Nicholas Jackson, editor-in-chief of Chicago Unzipped.


Sample Pages From the Third Edition (2007–08) →