Cox Innovation Fellowship Features Largest Summer Group

  • Erin Schilling will intern at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Seven students from the Journalism Department at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will gain experiential learning experience during Summer 2019 through Cox Innovation Fellowships.

Sponsored by the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism, Management and Leadership, the students are assigned to a variety of media outlets. The students and their assignments include:

· Katie Anderson, WUGA

· Jada Bowman, WUGA

· Nicki Brown, CNN

· Margaret Holland, Atlanta Business Chronicle

· Collin Huguley, Charlotte Business Journal and Sports Business Journal

· Erin Schilling, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

· Amy Scott, NPR

Dr. Keith Herndon, director of the Cox Institute, said this year’s program attracted the most interest from students in its four-year history, which led to the largest group of summer participants. Students were selected based on their performance in journalism classes, previous internships or success in student media.

“We believe that journalism training must go beyond the classroom to be effective,” Herndon said, explaining the Cox Institute developed its Innovation Fellowships to create more opportunities for Grady journalism students to gain field experience.

“We recognize the economic pressures many companies in the journalism industry are under, and saw that the numbers of quality paid internships are declining,” Herndon said. “This program is one way we can help improve the opportunities for our students while also establishing quality industry-academic partnerships with media companies.”

Herndon, who also holds the Morris Chair in News Strategy and Management, is also implementing a Morris Media Fellows program this year. For information on that program, read here.