Welcome Experience Makers to the Winter Inter-Session

Welcome Experience Makers to the beginning of what can become a journey of a lifetime or an aha moment in life that tells you Journalism is not a major made for you.
Change has always been the only constant in journalism and today is no different. The platforms are changing but the essence of journalism is not. The role of journalists is also changing at a pace that we’ve not witnessed before. You are no longer just purveyors of news and information. Real journalists today have become Experience Makers. To have an impact on the life of your readers, viewers, listeners, users and customers you have to be in the business of creating experiences for all of the aforementioned audiences. There has been no better time to be a journalist. So, get set, get ready and GO!

This blog is going to be the interaction between the newsrooms of the world and the classroom. There will be daily assignments for you to read, daily updates, and if you are going to be a real experience maker, daily comments from you too. During those 11 days that we are going to be spending together, you are to check the blog on a daily basis, comment on a daily basis and post other links and articles you may find of interest to enhance the discussions.


Here is your first link to a major annual study that you will be responsible to read, and tested, a chapter every day during the class. “The State of the News Media 2010 is the seventh edition of an annual report on the health and status of American journalism. The report is the work of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, a nonpolitical, nonpartisan research institute. The study is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and is produced with the help of a number of authors and collaborators, including Rick Edmonds of the Poynter Institute and a host of industry readers.”

Click here to access the report and start reading
Welcome aboard… let the fun, fame and fortune begin!

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About Samir Husni

Samir Husni, aka Mr. Magazine™, is the founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi. He is also Professor and Hederman Lecturer of Journalism at the School of Journalism and New Media. Dr. Husni is the author of the annual Samir Husni's Guide to New Magazines, which is now in its 28th year. He is also the author of Launch Your Own Magazine: A Guide for Succeeding in Today's Marketplace published by Hamblett House, Inc. and Selling Content: The Step-by-Step Art of Packaging Your Own Magazine, published by Kendall Hunt, Magazine Publishing in the 21st Century, published by Kendall Hunt, and co-author of Design Your Own Magazine. He has presented seminars on trends in American magazines to the editorial, advertising and sales staff of the magazine groups of the Morris Communications Company, Hearst Corp., Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Meredith Corp., Reader's Digest Magazine, ESPN the magazine, Sail Magazine, American Airlines Publishing, the National Geographic Society, the Swedish magazine group Bonnier, the Finnish magazine group Sanoma Magazines, Southern Progress magazines, New South Publishing, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Magazine Editors, Vance Publishing Corporation, the Florida Magazine Association, The Magazine Association of Georgia, the National Society of Black Journalists, the Japanese Magazine Publishers Association, and the American Press Institute. He is "the country's leading magazine expert," according to Forbes ASAP magazine, "the nation's leading authority on new magazines," according to min:media industry newsletter; and The Chicago Tribune dubbed him "the planet's leading expert on new magazines." Dr. Husni has been interviewed by major U.S. media on subjects related to the magazine industry. He has been profiled and is regularly quoted in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other newspapers nationwide, as well as the major newsweeklies and a host of trade publications. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNBC, CNN, CNNFN, PBS, and on numerous radio talk shows including National Public Radio's Morning and Weekend Editions. Dr. Husni has also served as an expert witness in several lawsuits involving major media corporations including Time Inc. and American Express Publishing among others. He has been a judge of The National Magazines Awards, The Evangelical Magazines Association, The City and Regional Magazines Association, and The Florida and Georgia Magazine Association Awards. Dr. Husni is the President and CEO of Magazine Consulting & Research, a firm specializing in new magazine launches, repositioning of established magazines, and packaging publications for better sales and presentations. Dr. Husni holds a doctorate in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. When he is not in his office reading magazines, Dr. Husni is at the newsstands buying magazines.
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