Variety’s Jackson dead at 47

Graphics director's aptitude, attitude raised standards

Dallas M. Jackson, graphics director for Variety and Daily Variety’s Special Reports, died of natural causes in Pasadena early Sunday. She was 47.

Forthright and a perfectionist, Jackson brought a high level of dedication to her work. She took special pride in meeting the heavy demands of Variety’s Special Reports department and was instrumental in its growth and in advancing the standards for editorial quality.

She joined Variety’s Los Angeles office in May 1997 as art director of the Special Reports department. Outside Variety, she was writing and producing a documentary about her favorite musical group, the Temptations.

Before Variety, she worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

Jackson graduated with honors from U. of California San Diego with a BA in English and education and a minor in journalism and psychology. She also pursued postgraduate studies in radio and television broadcasting at USC.

She was a member of the National Assn. of Black Journalists and the Society of Newspaper Design, and a winner of an SND award in 1992.

Jackson is survived by her mother, Helen, and a brother, Kevin.

Plans for services are pending.

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