Joyce Jackson is Editor/Publisher of Shades Magazine. Joyce began her career in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections in 1982, as the Public Information Officer. She was later promoted to Public Relations Officer in 1986, a position she held until she left the agency in 1997 to become the Communications Director for the Illinois Department of Corrections. During her tenure in Illinois, Jackson served as the Communications Administrator for the Illinois Department of Public Aid and letter as the Deputy Chief of Communications for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Jackson returned to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections as the Executive Communications Administrator in 2005. In her position, she was responsible for supervising the agency’s internal and external communications; public and media relations, in addition to special projects.
Prior to corrections, Jackson was an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer and talk show host for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City. She was the first African American on television in Oklahoma City. She also worked in radio, as a talk show host and in print as the Editor of Capital City Courier, in regional publication, in Springfield, Illinois. Jackson also worked as a professional model for 20 years. she was the owner of Scorpion Enterprise, a modeling/charm school and Faces, Fingers & Feet, a full service beauty salon. Jackson has a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from Central State University (now University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Jacksons is a consultant for the National Institute of Corrections, specializing in public and media relations. She is a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA), Oklahoma Correctional Association (OCA) and Southern State Correctional Association (SSCA). She’s a founding member of the Oklahoma Chapter-National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and charter member of NTU Art Association. Jackson is also a contributing writer of two publications “Media Relations” and “Diversity.” In 2009, Jackson was inducted into the Oklahoma Association of Black Journalist Hall of Fame and in 2012, she was the recipient of the Black Heritage Trailblazer Award. Joyce Jackson retired as Administrator of Executive Communications from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections on October 1, 2014, after serving 24 years of service.