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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 regionalmagazines.org.

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

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