Dr. Keith Herndon
About: Dr. Herndon teaches the introductory course Media, News and Consumers, Business of News, Financial Journalism and Food Journalism as a special topics course and as independent study. He holds the William S. Morris Chair in News Strategy and Management and is the executive director of the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership where he runs its Journalism Leadership Lab and directs the Institute’s university-wide Certificate in News Literacy.
Doctor of Philosophy, Media and Information, Curtin University of Technology (Perth, Australia)
Master of Liberal Studies, University of Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma)
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
Research Interests and Activities
Exploring the intersection of media and technology, including shifting business models and the forces shaping leadership, management and entrepreneurship. Projects have included studying the availability of broadband Internet in rural Georgia, analyzing news organizations’ financial performance, researching the possibilities for virtual reality in news and developing podcasting as an experiential learning platform.
Abstract: This innovative practice paper explains how a class business plan competition loosely modeled on the popular TV show “Shark Tank” became an educational tool to teach concepts essential to […]Read More
Abstract: This study examined the effects of directional cues in immersive journalism by conducting a randomized between-subjects three-condition lab experiment (N=131) with community participants using three versions of originally produced […]Read More
Charlotte Norsworthy (recent Grady M.A. student, current instructor), Keith Herndon, Brittany Adams-Pope, Carolyn Turknett and Lauren Harris (June 2021). Distinguished Paper Award at the annual conference of the Association of Leadership Educators. Applying Leadership Self-Efficacy […]Read More
Abstract: This innovative practice paper explores a theoretical framework supporting leadership self-assessments — leadership self-efficacy theory. The paper describes the theory’s application in an exemplar self-assessment instrument and explains our […]Read More
Keith Herndon and Caroline Windham (Grady M.A. student). (Forthcoming 2020, July). Entrepreneurial Leadership: Teaching Product Development Principles Using the Perceived Attributes of Innovation. Paper accepted for the annual conference of […]Read More
Charlotte Norsworthy (Grady M.A. student) and Keith Herndon. (Forthcoming). Leading by Ear: Podcasting as an Educational Leadership Tool. Journal of Leadership Education. Paper accepted for the annual conference of the […]Read More
Keith Herndon, Charlotte Norsworthy (Grady M.A. student), and Ryan Kor-Sims (Grady M.A., doctoral student at Utah). (2020) Democrat or Republican? Using Political Stereotypes as a Bias Discussion Exercise. Abstract: This […]Read More
Abstract: In an age of uncertainty, entrepreneurial leaders need tools and frameworks to prepare for the challenges posed by competitive marketplaces. This workshop demonstrates a training exercise based on the […]Read More
Herndon, Keith; Norsworthy, Charlotte and Kor-Sins, Ryan (Grady MA students). (Forthcoming). Democrat or Republican? Using Political Stereotypes as a Bias Discussion Exercise. Journal of Leadership Education. Abstract: This innovative practice […]Read More
Abstract: In a between-subjects eye-tracking experiment, adult readers of a large metropolitan daily newspaper (N=70) viewed and evaluated one of two versions of the same online news feature: one with […]Read More
Abstract: This innovative practice paper explains a classroom exercise that asks students to identify anonymous people as either Democrats or Republicans based only on brief descriptions. Students are challenged to […]Read More
Abstract: This study examined the effects of the use of directional cues in immersive journalism on information recall, attitudes towards a news story, narrative transportation, presence, and message credibility by […]Read More
Abstract: This innovative practice paper discusses how a journalism training practicum empowers and emboldens participants to think critically about their professional goals and allows them to emerge not only with […]Read More
Abstract: Teaching leadership within the parameters of a management course can be a daunting task. It is imperative for students to have an understanding of the perceived differences in leadership […]Read More
Abstract: Leadership is inherently difficult to quantify. Studies have surveyed and observed behavior in all sorts of organizations attempting to understand relationships and causes and effects of leadership styles and […]Read More
Media management and the business aspects of news, including an emphasis on digital transformation, innovation and emerging business models; leadership education; and journalism skills courses including financial journalism and food journalism.
Keith Herndon, Ph.D., was named the William S. Morris Chair in News Strategy and Management in August 2018. He had been appointed Professor of Practice in Journalism in Fall 2016 and also named Director of the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership. He was promoted to executive director of the Cox Institute in 2021. Dr. Herndon continues in those roles. He had served as a visiting professor at Grady since Fall 2012 and taught as a lecturer in Fall 2011. Prior to teaching at Grady, Dr. Herndon was a media research consultant with Internet Decisions, LLC, a strategic planning firm he began in 2005. He was a leader in Cox Enterprises’ Internet division, serving as Vice President of Operations and Vice President for Planning and Product Development. He managed strategic partnerships and led technical diligence on Cox’s new media investments, serving on the board of directors of an investment recipient. He was also Director of Operations at Cox Radio Interactive, a pioneer in streaming media. He began his career while a student at the University of Georgia, working as a reporter and sports editor for his hometown paper in Elberton, Georgia, and then as a sportswriter for the Anderson (S.C.) Independent and the Athens Banner-Herald. After graduation, he was a Pulliam Journalism Fellow, covering business news at The Indianapolis News. He was a business reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before becoming assistant business editor, deputy business editor and administrative editor. Dr. Herndon wrote The Decline of the Daily Newspaper: How an American Institution Lost the Online Revolution (Peter Lang, 2012). He has published two books about innovation and entrepreneurship and has co-edited two books with students about media management and leadership as part of experiential learning projects.
Awards and Fellowships
• Dr. Herndon received a 2019 Creative Teaching Award from the University.
• The Grady College presented Dr. Herndon with the 2019 Darwin-Davis Award, honoring the “Grady Spirit.”
• The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism awarded Dr. Herndon a grant to fund a business journalism program during the 2016 spring semester along with supplemental grants to fund a lecture series and two national internships. He had been a Reynolds Fellow in 2013 studying business journalism education at the center’s Arizona State University headquarters.
• Dr. Herndon was named an Atlanta Mobility Star in 2015 for his role in developing and launching the Grady Mobile News Lab.
• He was recognized as the Journalism Department’s Teacher of the Year in 2014.
• The Georgia Technology Authority awarded a 2013 grant to research and write two case studies on rural broadband projects underway in Georgia.
• His 2011 doctoral dissertation at Curtin University received the Chancellor’s Commendation for Excellence.