Recent Activities and Events

Kentucky Kernel wins 2022 Betty Gage Holland Award
The 2022 Betty Gage Holland Award winner investigated a particularly challenging issue and produced a multifaceted and compelling package which offered the audience insight into the reporting process.
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The 2023 Levin Leaders Recognized at Cox Institute Spring Leadership Dinner
The Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership recognized its 2023 class of Levin Leaders by presenting the students with the Institute’s Leadership Medal. 
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Kamille Whittaker named 2023 Industry Fellow
Kamille Whittaker, the managing editor of Atlanta Magazine and co-founder of Canopy Atlanta, is the Cox Institute’s 2023 Industry Fellow.
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Cox-SABEW Fellows Attend NYC Workshop
For the first time since 2019, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) met in person this year, but with a new twist.
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The Lead Podcast Launches 13th Season
The Lead podcast has returned for its 13th season led by new student host Jacqueline GaNun.
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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.