Cox Institute Timeline

2016

  • Keith Herndon, Professor of Practice, Journalism, was named Director of the Cox Institute.
  • Author and consumer advocate Adam Levin pledges $150,000 to support the Cox Institute’s leadership development program.
  • The Cox Institute Presents lecture series became the Reynolds lecture series during spring semester thanks to a grant used to attract 10 leading speakers on a variety of business and economic journalism topics.
  • Kent Middleton recognized for his service as the Cox Institute director (2012-2015) during the Spring Leadership Banquet.
  • A Grady entrepreneurial journalism team sponsored by the Cox Institute was selected to participate in the UGA Next Top Entrepreneur pitch competition.
  • Janice Hume, journalism department head, named acting director of the the Cox Institute following the retirement of Kent Middleton.

2015

  • Cox Institute faculty member Keith Herndon was named an Atlanta Mobility Star for his role in developing and leading Grady’s Mobile News Lab.
  • Hosted Entrepreneurial Journalism Symposium in partnership with the Terry College of Business
  • New cohort of Cox-SABEW Fellows attended the SABEW fall conference in New York City.
  • Offered mobile news lab as a for-credit, special topics course
  • Sponsored National Newspaper Association Foundation Fellow, Lauren McDonald

2014

  • Launched a training partnership in economic journalism with Society of American Business Editors and Writers (Cox-SABEW Fellowship)
  • Launched “Cox Institute Presents,” an industry professional lecture series
  • Renamed the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership
  • Management Seminar for College News Editors recognized by College Media Matters as one of the “most indispensable regional, national and international conferences for individuals practicing, teaching, advising and studying journalism”
  • Created a mobile news innovation lab with several leading industry partners that launched during the fall semester

2013

  • Sponsored National Newspaper Association Foundation Fellow, Kelsey Kent
  • Sponsored a digital and mobile skills training workshop with the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association student group
  • Hosted media leadership symposium: “Managing News @ The Digital Edge;” proceedings published as a student-created book and eBook
  • Partnered with Poynter Institute to create the Cox Poynter Leaders program offering a Poynter certificate in media leadership to competitively-selected students

2012

  • Appointed Professor Kent Middleton as director
  • Sponsored Keith Herndon as a visiting professor
  • Honored Conrad Fink, founding Institute director and legendary journalist and teacher, at University memorial service

2010

  • Partnered with CNN to host and train students attending the Management Seminar of College News Editors

2009

  • Partnered with the Poynter Institute to provide leadership training at the Management Seminar for College News Editors

2007

  • Hosted the Online Journalism Series: “Changing Media for Changing Readers: The Morris Model” and “The Information Center: Gannett’s 21st Century Newsroom”
  • Sponsored an American Press Institute regional workshop focusing on its Newspaper Next initiative

2006

  • Hosted the Online Journalism Series: “The Business Model for Journalism in Transition” and “Multi-Media Journalism Narratives”
  • Presented the first Betty Gage Holland Award recognizing excellence in college journalism

2005

  • Co-sponsored annual First Amendment Essay Contest in partnership with the Georgia Scholastic Press Association
  • Appointed Cecil Bentley as assistant director

1996

  • Published: Conrad Fink’s Strategic Newspaper Management

1995

  • Hosted the first Management Seminar for College News Editors

1992

  • Established and hosted an industry executive-in-residence program

1991

  • Created the Cox Fellowship as an industry leader/student mentoring program

1990

  • Founded by Professor Conrad Fink as the Cox Institute for Newspaper Management Studies