Cox Institute and Entrepreneurship Program hosts Entrepreneurial Journalism Symposium

The Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership at Grady College and the Entrepreneurship Program at Terry College are hosting an Entrepreneurial Journalism Symposium that will include presentations and panel discussions from industry professionals Oct. 21-22, 2015.

While most of the presentations are free and open to the public, the lunch on Thursday is by invitation only.

The complete schedule can be viewed on the Cox Institute website.

The symposium kicks off Oct. 21 with a presentation from the founder and CEO of Community Newspapers Inc., Dink NeSmith (ABJ ’70). This presentation takes place from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. in Studio 100 located on the first floor of Grady College.

Following NeSmith’s presentation will be a series of panels and sessions from 1:25 to 5:30 p.m. all taking place in Studio 100. These events will discuss of the future of journalism and will include subjects such as financial sustainability, independent journalism, freelancing and strategic start-ups. The last presentation Wednesday features Louis Gump, CEO of NewsOn, talking about the start of the company.

Oct. 22 begins with a continental breakfast from 7:30 to 8 a.m. in Studio 100. A second series of discussions and presentations follows focusing on entrepreneurship and covering topics such as innovation, the art of storytelling and capital connections.

The symposium concludes with a working lunch at 12:30 p.m. featuring best-selling author Bob Sullivan leading a conversation with Heather Dahl and Ron McCoy about what’s next for the media. Dahl is chair of the National Press Foundation and is also a former senior producer with FOX News Channel. McCoy is a media investor and consultant. He is the former chief digital architect for the New York Times Co. and the former chief technology officer for 

Grady College Dean, Charles Davis, will make some closing remarks to end the series.

Date: October 20, 2015
Author:  Glenda Dowdy,
Contact:  Keith Herndon,