Category: News & Politics

The Lead is a podcast hosted and produced by Charlotte Norsworthy in the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management & Leadership at the University of Georgia. We talk about how to get ahead in the media industry by interviewing the people who did. Music by: Podington Bear

April 3, 2019

Hayden Field on how success happens

In this Season 6 finale of The Lead, Hayden Field, a 2014 Grady alumna, talks about how success happens and life after j-school. We will be back in August with more episodes featuring interesting media leaders.

March 20, 2019

Amy Glennon on the transition of journalism leadership

In this episode, Amy Glennon discusses the transition of leadership roles in journalism over the past few decades. Glennon is a 1990 graduate of the Grady College and was the first female publisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is currently serving as this year's Cox Institute Industry Fellow.

March 6, 2019

Jamie Lauren Keiles on freelancing

In this episode, Jamie Lauren Keiles joins the podcast to discuss everything you can't Google about freelance writing and how she didn't try a Coca-Cola until she was 24.

February 20, 2019

Nick Chiles on diversity in journalism and book publishing

In this episode, Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and author Nick Chiles discusses his transition from journalism to writing and publishing books. We also discuss two-fold issues of diversity in writing fields.

February 6, 2019

Sabriya Rice on health and medical journalism

In this episode, former journalist and now Grady College professor Sabriya Rice discusses the unique challenges the health and medical field brings to journalists — plus, the pros and cons of graduate school.

January 23, 2019

Brittini Ray on local crime reporting

Welcome to Season 6 of The Lead. In this episode, Charlotte Norsworthy talks with Grady alumna and Savannah Morning News crime reporter Brittini Ray about the necessity for crime coverage and the mental well-being of the journalists who cover it.

November 14, 2018

Dink and Eric NeSmith on community news

In this Season 5 finale of the Lead, Charlotte Norsworthy talks to father-son duo Dink and Eric NeSmith, president and vice president of Community Newspapers Incorporated, about the crucial mission that local newspapers still serve.


October 31, 2018

Tracy Brown on newsroom leadership

In this episode, host Charlotte Norsworthy speaks with Tracy Brown, the deputy managing editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a 1988 Grady College graduate about the presence of audio storytelling at newspapers and leadership development.

October 17, 2018

Jonathan Peters on the state of media ethics

In this episode of The Lead, host Charlotte Norsworthy talks to Jonathan Peters, a communication law professor at the University of Georgia, about media ethics and whether it is time to reexamine journalistic values in today’s changing landscape.

October 2, 2018

Special: News engagement from ONA18

This episode of The Lead features a celebration of News Engagement Day, an annual digital event created to encourage engagement with news and promote understanding about the principles and processes of journalism all across the country.

In this episode, Charlotte Norsworthy talks with three media leaders from this year's Online News Association conference: Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter John Carreyrou, content strategist Sarah Tuley from the USA Today Network and data visualization reporter Brittany Mayes from the Washington Post.