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Innovation & Skills

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

Leadership & Management

The Cox Institute’s Journalism Leadership Lab offers top journalism students the opportunity to study leadership development principles through programs such as the 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.


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.

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.



Institute Happenings
Cox Institute Launches 2nd Year of Digital Natives Program
The Digital Natives program is launching its second year of bringing UGA journalism students with digital news expertise into Georgia newsrooms for one week to help local journalists accomplish specific digital goals. See more >

Cox Institute Names its 2021 SABEW Fellows
Ten journalism students were selected during the Fall semester as Cox-SABEW Fellows.   See more >

UGA Student Earns Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing
Jacqueline GaNun, an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia, recently earned the Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing.   See more >

The Lead Podcast Welcomes New Graduate Assistant as Host for Fall 2021
The Cox Institute named a new graduate student as the host of The Lead podcast for the 2021-2022 academic year.   See more >

Cox Institute Adds New Directors, Initiatives to Benefit Students and Industry 
A new organizational and leadership structure will expand the training mission of the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership.   See more >

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