Recent Activities and Events

The Lead Podcast Names its New Host for Fall 2022
The Cox Institute named Jacqueline GaNun, a rising fourth-year journalism major, as the host of The Lead podcast for the 2022-2023 academic year. See more >

The 2022 Levin Leaders Receive their Cox Institute Leadership Medals
The Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership recognized its 2022 class of Levin Leaders by presenting the students with the Institute’s Leadership Medal. See more >

Indiana Daily Student Wins Betty Gage Holland Award
The Indiana Daily Student’s October 2021 story “In the dark: Transparency rule fails to shed light on costs for IU Health Bloomington patients” by Kaitlyn Radde and Carson TerBush was this year’s winner. See more >

Ken Foskett Named Cox Institute’s Industry Fellow for 2022
Ken Foskett, an award-winning investigative journalist and acclaimed author, is the 2022 Industry Fellow with the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership at the University of Georgia. See more >

Kyra Posey Wins Award from Georgia Association of Broadcasters
Kyra Posey, a graduate assistant with the Cox Institute, received the Innovator Award presented by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters at the DiGamma Kappa 2022 Winter Banquet. See more >

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Innovation & Skills

Through Digital Natives and skills-based events in the Journalism Innovation Lab, the Cox Institute creates initiatives to develop products, practices and people of industry’s future.

Leadership & Management

The Journalism Leadership Lab offers top journalism students the opportunity to study leadership development through programs such as Levin Leaders and The Lead podcast.

Reporting & Writing

Covering Poverty, a resource for journalists through the Cox Institute’s Journalism Writing Lab, provides stories, tips, tutorials and resources to write and report on poverty.


Our Mission

The James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership at the University of Georgia  prepares students for evolving  roles in the news media. By sponsoring intensive training programs, industry partnerships and funding applied research, the Cox Institute addresses the strategic challenges faced by today’s news organizations.

The faculty of the Cox Institute includes: Dr. Keith Herndon, executive director and director of the Journalism Leadership Lab; Dr. Amanda Bright, director of the Journalism Innovation Lab; and Prof. Lori Johnston, director of the Journalism Writing Lab.