I am a historian, a journalist, and a storyteller. I have worked in print, broadcast, and online media dating back to 1992, and I am also an author – my first book, The Making of Slap Shot, was published in 2010. (It is currently out of print.)
In 2012, I put my career on hold to enter a journalism program at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. This is noteworthy because it was a postgraduate program and I had no degree or diploma to speak of; they admitted me based on my work experience, and it turned out to be a very successful endeavour.
Unfortunately, the graduate certificate I earned was not sufficient to allow me to secure stable employment in my field, so in 2015, I enrolled in university. One transfer and two program switches later, I graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours BA in History, a specialization in Applied History, a Minor in English Language and Literature, and a certificate in Experiential Education. I have since entered master’s degree programs in History at UWaterloo and in Public History at Western University in London, ON. One is almost done, the other is just beginning. (Overlapping them was probably not the smartest idea I have ever had.)
I started this WordPress site in 2012 for a college assignment, a showcase of some of my favourite works dating back to 1998. I was primarily a sports writer during my journalism career, and much of what you see here will reflect my love of sports and of writing about sports. Generally, though, I love to tell stories in any medium about what I find to be interesting topics.
I am guilty of letting this site stagnate in recent years, but I am rebuilding and resuscitating it for another school requirement – this time, I will be blogging for a Digital Public History course at Western University, and I will try to write something new each week. If you have been here before, you probably already know I love writing about history as much as I love writing about sports.
One important note: Although I created or helped to create every piece of writing and video on this blog, I do not necessarily own or control every copyright. In each case where the copyright is not mine, I claim the right to use the material on this blog for educational, non-commercial purposes.
Welcome to Jonathon Jackson – For the Record, and please feel free to contact me with questions or comments. Or even just to express your awe and admiration at the photo on my press card, circa 1995. (Yes, that was my real hair. Yes, it was magnificent.)