Magazine Innovation Center @ The University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism

About the Magazine Innovation Center

The Magazine Innovation Center (a not for profit organization) is an international collaboration between the best thinkers in publishing, printing, advertising and distribution. MIC seeks to generate focused innovation in magazines and other print media. As an industry, we employ the world’s great minds. The Center will channel their creativity and intellect (away from the grinds of everyday work and challenges) to provide blueprints for productive change.

MIC will catalyze innovation in order to ensure a thriving future for magazines and the print industry. The Center plans to offer a wide spectrum of perspectives inside and outside of print media.

Open Source Thinking
Each year groups of experts will be brought to the Center to participate in extensive and visionary programs. They will be afforded the time and resources needed to create practical guidelines and directions for the future success of print. Results will be distributed worldwide. MIC will also host the annual ACT Experience that aims to Amplify, Clarify and Testify the future of the magazine media industry.

The Center will be under the directorship of Samir A. Husni with a board of directors that will guide, navigate and oversee the work of MIC. Another group of advisors will include leaders in the fields of publishing, printing, advertising and distribution; they will be instrumental in helping to identify key issues that affect the growth and health of our industry. They will be responsible for seeking out talents who have innovative ideas and spark. These forward-thinking individuals will comprise the proactive energy behind the collaborative efforts of the center.


What is the Magazine Innovation Center? Watch the Video.

Click on the above video to learn about the Magazine Innovation Center @ The University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media.
If you would like more information about MIC, feel free to email or write:

Samir A. Husni, Ph.D.
Founder and Director
Magazine Innovation Center
Meek School of Journalism and New Media
218 Farley Hall
University, MS 38677
United States of America
Phone: 1-662-915-1414
Mobile: 1-662-832-6247
Skype: samirhusni

Save the Date: ACT 4 Experience — November 5 – 7, 2013. Don’t Let Digital Scare You: The Power of PRINT Integrated!

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The Magazine Innovation Center is proud to announce the dates for the Fourth ACT (amplify, clarify and testify) Experience at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media @The University of Mississippi. The event will start the evening of November 5 and end the night of November 7. ACT 4 Experience’s theme this year is Don’t Let Digital Scare You: The Power of PRINT Integrated!

Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni, the founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center promises that this year’s Experience is going to be the best yet. More information will be posted on this blog. Stay tuned and reserve the dates.

For more information feel free to email

International Regional Magazine Association Selects MIC as Awards Center

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Oxford, MISS. — This year’s International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA)  Awards will be administered by the Magazine Innovation Center at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

Dan Patrell, president of IRMA and publisher of Maryland Life, said the role of the University of Mississippi center, under the leadership of Dr. Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni, will amplify the annual awards program.

“Everyone involved with IRMA is very excited to take our awards program to the next level through Dr. Husni’s Magazine Innovation Center,” Patrell said. “Working with ‘Mr. Magazine™,’ we’re looking forward to a robust partnership that will celebrate editorial excellence and strengthen the organization as a whole.”

The Magazine Innovation Center’s mission is to channel creativity and intellect to provide blueprints for productive change within the magazine industry. Ole Miss started  a service journalism emphasis almost 30 years ago, and the Meek School holds annual international magazine conferences each fall.

Will Norton Jr., dean of the Meek School, said IRMA’s decision, “Is an indication of how much the magazine program and the Magazine Innovation Center have become an integral part of the magazine industry both in the United States and abroad.”

Dr. Husni, MIC director since the program’s inception, added, “It’s a great honor for the Magazine Innovation Center to host and administer these eminent awards which honor excellence and creativity in writing, photography, design and publishing.”

IRMA is a gathering place and information source for regional magazines. Free and open communication among members is the heart and soul of the organization, which holds an annual conference every fall. The IRMA awards began in 1981 and recognize excellence in all areas of regional magazine publishing. The call for entries for this year’s awards will go out in March. More information is available at

For more information on the International Regional Magazine Awards or to become a member of the International Regional Magazine Association visit

For more information on the Magazine Innovation Center at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media visit

Never Underestimate the Power of Print in a Digital Age: The ACT 3 Experience Oct. 23 – 25, 2012

Twenty Four leaders of the magazine media industry will converge on Oxford, MS to engage in a two and a half days experience regarding the power of print in a digital age. The third ACT (Amplify, Clarify and Testify) Experience hosted by the Magazine Innovation Center (MIC) at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media will take place Oct. 23 – 25, 2012. The gathering is the third “think and do” experience that takes place at MIC, the innovation center founded by Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni that is dedicated to “amplify the future of print in a digital age.”

Registration to the Experience is limited to 60 attendees and 20 students. You can click here to register for the event. Once 60 registrations are received the registration will be closed and no longer accepted. So be the first to register if you want to take part of this triple M experience Magazines, Mississippi and Music.

Here is a list of the confirmed speakers so far (in alphabetical order):

Keith Bellows

VP and Editor in Chief
National Geographic Traveler

Jennifer C. Bergin

Vice President Marketing
Brown Printing Company

Rebecca Darwin
President & CEO
Garden & Gun magazine

Jim Elliott
The James G. Elliott Company

David Friend
Editor, Creative Development
Vanity Fair

Steve Grande

Vice President, Sales
Fry Communications, Inc.

Michael Gross
Owner & President
Paragon Media Inc.

John Harrington
Co-Publisher, The New Single Copy

Lisette Heemskerk

Publishing Director, Linda. magazine
Mood for Magazines, The Netherlands

Sid Holt
Executive Director
American Society of Magazine Editors

Carla Kalogeridis
Editorial Director
Association Media & Publishing

Kevin P. Keefe
Vice President-Editorial, Publisher
Kalmbach Publishing Co.

Mike Koedinger
Founder and CEO
Maison Moderne – Independent Publishing and Media, Luxembourg

Dan Lagani
North America, Readers Digest Association, Inc.

Mike Obert
Managing Partner
Open Book

John Parke
COO, Democrat Printing & Lithographing Co.

Jeramy C. Pritchett

Co-Founder, Blindfold magazine

Roy Reiman

Founder, Reiman Publications
Co-Publisher, Our Iowa magazine

Michael Rooney
Chief Revenue Office
The Wall Street Journal

Bob Sacks

and Precision Media Group

Tony Silber
General Manager
Red 7 Media

Michael J. Simon

EV President, Sales
Publisher Press

Sanne Visser
Glossy Magazines, Sanoma Media
The Netherlands

Dick Waterman

Legendary Photographer and Journalist

For more information on the ACT 3 Experience click here and to be one of the 60 people to register click here.

Never Underestimate the Power of Print… The ACT 3 Experience Oct. 23 – 25, 2012

Mark your calendars. The third annual ACT (Amplify, Clarify and Testify) Experience will take place on the campus of The University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media. The event is set for October 23 to 25. Watch this space for more information.
This year’s theme is Never Underestimate the Power of Print in a digital age. For more information email Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni, Founder and Director, Magazine Innovation Center at