Recent Activities and Events

The Lead Podcast Publishes 100th Episode
The show, which is about how to get ahead in the news industry from the people who did, is hosted by Grady students and sponsored by the Cox Institute.
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Herndon Named to UGA’s Inaugural Fellows for Transformative Teaching Program
Keith Herndon, the executive director of the Cox Institute, will engage in conversations about advanced teaching practices.
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Inaugural Cox Institute Showcase Celebrates Student Work
Students in the Journalism Innovation and Writing Labs were recognized for their work during the 2022–23 school year.
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Students Combat Disinformation in Cox Institute’s First What the Hackathon
What the Hackathon challenged students to identify disinformation and respond to it in real time.
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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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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.