Recent Activities and Events

Work by Cox Institute Graduate Assistants Presented at Leadership Conference
Work by two graduate assistants of the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership was presented at a June national leadership conference.
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Herndon Serves as Judge in the 2022 James Beard Awards
Keith Herndon, a professor of practice in journalism at the University of Georgia, served as a judge in the 2022 James Beard Awards, a program recognizing exceptional talent and achievement in the culinary arts, hospitality, media and broader food systems.
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Teams and Fellow innovate with news organizations in spring 2022
Listening to audiences, engaging younger users, and creating brand cohesion — these were goals UGA journalism majors accomplished during the launch of our innovation teams and fellowship programs. See more >

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 >

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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.