News and Tribune

May 13, 2013

SPJ to feature Courier-Journal publisher at Tuesday event


LOUISVILLE — Wesley Jackson, president and publisher of The Courier-Journal, will be the subject of a question-and-answer session Tuesday, May 14, hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists Louisville Pro Chapter.

With news organizations locally and nationally going through constant change, Jackson will speak about the Louisville media market and the present and future of the Courier-Journal and newspapers. The format will be a sit-down discussion beginning at 7 p.m. with veteran journalist Ed Staats, who is retired from The Associated Press. Attendees to the free event in the Centennial Room in the basement of the main branch of the Louisville Public Library, 301 York St., will be able to ask questions of Jackson and Staats following the presentation, which is open to the public.

Jackson, 42, joined The C-J in August 2011 as vice president of sales and marketing before being promoted to president and publisher. He is the founder and an adviser for Mastery Mavens LLC.

“He is an innovative leader with a strong background of translating new technology into durable longterm businesses,” according to his bio from the C-J.

Before founding Mastery Mavens, Jackson served as president and chief operating officer with VuPal Networks, a Louisville based technology startup. Jackson led the research and development of video based education technology and developed a model for the education industry.

He also formerly was employed as a corporate senior vice president for Belo Corp. and president/general manager of Belo Interactive Media. During his term at Belo (2000-07), Jackson was instrumental in bringing the firm into Classified Ventures, which has developed industry-leading online classified products (including, and He took Belo's interactive revenue from under $3 million in 1999 to more than $80 million in 2007.

Before joining Belo, he worked in a variety of media and interactive positions, including: sales roles at the Lexington Herald Leader; Internet marketing consultant with Knight Ridder newspapers; General Manager Interactive Media at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver; and corporate director of product development for Scripps.

Jackson attended DuPont Manual Magnet High School. He holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Kentucky.