UM Magazine Innovation Center Gears Up for Annual ACT Conference

Amplify. Clarify. Testify. These are the words that describe the nation’s only annual educational magazine conference, hosted exclusively by the University of Mississippi’s Magazine Innovation Center director Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni.

Deborah Corn, Intergalactic Ambassador to the Printerverse and print professional, speaks to a group of students and faculty during the ACT 8 Conference. Photo from MIC website. 

The conference, held April 23-25, will feature dozens of print and digital media professionals who will discuss the state of the magazine industry and the implications it has on future magazine leaders. All events will take place at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics, located in the School of Journalism and New Media on the Ole Miss campus. 

“The ACT 9 Experience is the only conference of its kind on any university campus nationwide where such a number of magazine media industry leaders interact with the future industry leaders for two and half days nonstop,” Husni said.
The ACT 9 Experience kicks off Tuesday, April 23 with an opening dinner gala at the Ole Miss Inn. Registration is required. Husni will give his opening remarks, along with Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill, Dean of the School of Journalism and New Media Will Norton, UM Provost Noel Wilkin and Head of Medicare Strategic Distribution, Aetna Inc., John Sowell. 

The first annual ACT Experience was held in October 2010, according to the MIC’s website. Since then the event has grown exponentially. For the last six years, the ACT Experience has been dedicated to bringing a host of distinguished CEOs, publishers, editors, designers and media distributors to the university. 

Husni invites members of the public to attend the conference. All lectures and panels are free, he said.

For more information about this year’s agenda, follow this link. Find the list of this year’s speakers here. staff report


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