Cox Leaders Program

The Cox Institute offers top Grady journalism students the opportunity to study leadership development principles during each Spring semester.

Participants, selected competitively, are immersed in a hybrid training experience that combines the best of online education with facilitated leadership development workshops. The program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in a “digital first” era influenced by social media and an explosion in mobile platforms.

The program began in 2013 in partnership with the Poynter Institute. In 2017, the experience was revised to deploy the “Your Leadership Edge” program, which encourages participants to develop the skills to “lead anytime, anywhere.”

Keith Herndon, professor of practice in the journalism department and director of the Cox Institute, leads the leadership workshops and coordinates the program.

2018 Cox Leaders

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The James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management & Leadership hosted Spring Leadership Dinner on March 8, 2018 at the UGA Special Collections Library. James M. Cox Jr. Leadership Medals were presented to the sixth cohort of Cox Institute.

2017 Cox Leaders

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Richard Griffiths (Cox Institute Industry Fellow), Katelyn Umholtz, Taylor Cromwell, Lauren Sloan, Zachary Hansen, Denver Ellison, Anna Logan, Cory Cole, Reann Huber, Daniel Funke, Mollie Simon, Lauren Herbert, McKenzie Lewis, Miles Moraitis, Jaylon Thompson, Keith Herndon (director)

2016 Cox Poynter Leaders

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Front row seated (l-r): Emily Selby, Erin Cavalli, Lauren McDonald, Evelyn Andrews, Jennifer Goldberger. Standing (l-r): Jamie Han, Sam Lack, Grace Donnelly, Keith Herndon (faculty), Haylee Silverthorne, Mariya Lewter, Kalyn Wilson, Macey Kessler, Alison Menhart, Gabriel Cavallaro, Katie Kraft.

2015 Cox Poynter Leaders

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Front (L-R) : Melanie Watson, Deegan Mundy, Kathryn Roberts Standing (L-R): Elizabeth Grimsley, Jamari Jordan, Kendall Trammell, Taylor West, Eli Watkins, Stephen Mayes, Laura James, Jordan James, Allie Blinder, Brenna Beech, Keith Herndon, visiting professor of journalism

2014 Cox Poynter Leaders

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2014 Cox Poynter Leaders

L-R: Keith Herndon, visiting professor of journalism; Aashka Dave, Hilary Butschek, Jeanette Kazmierczak, Nicholas Watson, Brittini Ray, Nicholas Fouriezos, Meredith Thornhill, Kathleen LaPorte, Whitney Wyszynski, Hayden Field, Chris Conley and Cailin O’Brien.

2013 Cox Poynter Leaders

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2013 Cox Poynter Leaders

L-R: Mac Little, Megan Ingalls, Lauren Blais, Polina Marinova, Maura Friedman, Sofia Jesani, Christopher DeSantis, Keith Llado, Darcy Lenz, Kelsey Kent, Lindsey Cook, Amanda Dixon, Keith Herndon (visiting professor), Katherine Wolpert, Cody Schmelter.