Cox Institute Releases eBook Compilation of Interviews from The Lead Podcast

Cox Institute Releases eBook Compilation of Interviews from The Lead Podcast

November 20, 2019
Charlotte Norsworthy

A new eBook featuring excerpts of interviews from The Lead podcast is available from Kendall Hunt Publishing.

The eBook entitled News Leadership: Conversations about Journalism and its Future was released this month as a project of the Grady College’s James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership, which also produces the podcast.

“Being able to edit this book and host this podcast has been one of the most fulfilling opportunities of my college education,” said Charlotte Norsworthy, the Cox Institute’s Morris Master’s Fellow, who was the eBook’s lead editor. “Making these leadership and journalism concepts more accessible and relevant to students and professors has been our goal with this project from the beginning.”

The eBook presents insights from established professionals and emerging thought leaders gleaned from their candid conversations with student hosts, including Norsworthy. Their insights offer advice, provide context and create a sense of optimism for an industry grappling with transformative disruption.

The Lead podcast debuted in the fall 2016 semester with Daniel Funke as its original student host for the first two semester-length seasons. Nate Bramel and Noelle Lashley took over hosting responsibilities for seasons three and four and Norsworthy led seasons five and six and continues as its current host.

Guests from The Lead who are featured in the eBook include Pulitzer Prize winners Alex Jones and Nick Chiles, Peabody Award winner Bob Sullivan, local television news legend Monica Kaufman-Pearson and renowned journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault. They are among the dozens of guests who share valuable words of advice with the student hosts and their audiences.

“The Grady College welcomes many exceptional guests who are established leaders or who are emerging as such, including many who are our accomplished alumni,” said Keith Herndon, the Cox Institute’s director and co-editor of the eBook. “We created The Lead podcast to provide another platform for their messages, and now, this eBook compilation will further amplify the insights they have shared.”

An editor with Kendall Hunt said the eBook represents a valuable educational resource as journalism students can hear industry leaders in their own words as they discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the news media.

“We couldn’t have been more excited to team up with the Cox Institute to develop such a unique resource,” said Ian Lamoureaux, acquisitions editor with Kendall Hunt. “The leadership insight students will gain from this eBook is something they will hold onto throughout their careers. We are very excited about its release.” The eBook can be purchased here.

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Check out a special bonus episode of The Lead featuring a discussion on the book’s production with Norsworthy and Herndon below: