Hello Experience Makers!

Welcome to Journalism 101: Introduction to Mass Media or what will become known from now on as the Experience Makers class. You are a special group of students who have selected to enroll in the very first journalism course offered at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. Thus you are starting a journey of a lifetime. This course is going to help you make one of two choices: Either this journalism profession that I define as the profession of “searching for trouble” will possess you, or you will find out, quick and soon, that the journalism profession is not for you. I am betting on the first.

It used to be that journalism was a profession of content making. It still is, but that is no longer enough. Journalist now are experience makers. Everyone can tell you what happened, but only a journalist can tell how what happened will impact and affect you. You are the one who will add the “What is in it for Me” to our old trusted six friends “What, When, Where, Who, Why and How!”

So, buckle up and get ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime.

Welcome to Journalism 101 at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. You can always reach me via e mail 24/7 at samir.husni@gmail.com

Welcome aboard!

Class notes: This space will update you regularly on your class assignments, readings, test times and other related information. Be sure to visit the blog early and often.

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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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29 Responses to Hello Experience Makers!

  1. Alex McDaniel says:

    Hi everyone!

    I’m Alex, Dr. Husni’s teaching assistant for Journalism 101. My contact information is listed on the syllabus, so feel free to e-mail me if you ever have any questions about the class.

    You will be expected to stay informed on current events, but chances are you don’t have the time to read the New York Times or Wall Street Journal cover-to-cover each day. I recommend checking out The Daily Beast; it’s a wonderful news aggregate. Also, if you have an iPhone, go ahead and download the free news app, Fluent News. It also pulls stories from multiple resources so you can get the best of what’s out there without visiting multiple news sites each day.

    Also, make sure you’re keeping up with local and state news, including The Daily Mississippian, The Oxford Eagle and The Clarion-Ledger.

    Can’t wait to meet you all and get the semester started! Feel free to add me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter (@alexmcdaniel).

  2. Latisha Baker says:

    I’m confused, how do we use this???

  3. Nathaniel Weathersby says:

    I wasn’t able to get into this class in the Fall Semester so I’ve been waiting a while for Journalism 101. Although I was not expecting class assignments and announcements to be posted on a blog, it makes me more excited to be a Journalism major.

  4. Leah Tracy says:

    Although I am not a journalism major, this class seems very interesting. I am very excited to learn more on this subject as the semester progresses, as well as making myself stay more intuned with current events.

  5. Sydney Devers says:

    I was very unsure about taking this class this semester. After attending on Monday and Wednesday, I am very excited to learn in this class.

  6. Marrissa Senneff says:

    I am very excited to be in this class. I can not wait to start on the road to journalism!

  7. Candice Stanford says:

    I am very exited to learn more about journalism! This is my first time to ever write a blog, so I hope in the future I can become more experienced. I am not a journalism major, but after attending Monday and Wednesday class I hope to have a better understanding about the course.

  8. Valone Gordon says:

    I am looking forward to having journalism as the first class of the week for me. It seems very interesting.

  9. Tiquilla McDowell says:

    I was very skeptical about taking Journalism because I knew that it involved a lot of writing. After being in the class for two days, I discovered that I actually like Journalism alot. I am looking forward to the rest of the semester.

  10. Katherine Lence says:

    Well… this ought to be fun and interesting.

  11. Danielle McCord says:

    I just recently decided to change my major to jouralism. After just a few days in this class, I am already super excited about my decision and this journey!

  12. Heather Applewhite says:

    Someone suggested that I take journalism 101 and 102 at the same time so I did. Is that right or do you think it will confuse me?

  13. Samira Abunemeh says:

    I’m excited to take the class as well and can’t wait for the next class. Thank you for the information about the Daily Beast and the iPhone app. It has been very hard for me to be up to date with news since I started college.

  14. Catherine Rodgers says:

    I am really excited about this class! Although I am not a journalism major, I am looking forward to learning more about the history of journalism as well as keeping up with the news and current events.

  15. Kyle Ishman says:

    I just switched my major from engineering to journalism and after experienceing the first two classes I can honestly say I’m already very happy about my decision. I feel like I’m already part of a much more exciting group of people who don’t just sit around and crunch numbers all day..

  16. Lauren Lyles says:

    You have accomplished so many great things. I really look foward to this semester!

  17. Erica Marconi says:

    I recently just changed my major to Broadcast Journalism and I believe I made the right decision! I have enjoyed the two previous classes and I’m just very eager to gain more knowledge about journalism!

  18. Steff Thomas says:

    I am extremely excited for this class. Thank you Professor Husni for accepting me into your class, and for sharing your success with us all. This class will be both rewarding and inspiring. I am sure of it.
    ~Steff Thomas
    Jour 101 8AM.

  19. Ben Tedford says:

    I’m undecided in my major, but I knew I wanted to have a career that is exciting each and every day instead of just a routine job. After Dr. Husni’s first week of classes, I think Broadcast Journalism may very well be that exciting career I’m looking for.

  20. Derickson Flinn says:

    This is my first Journalism class at Ole Miss. It seems like it will be an interesting class. I’ll try to keeping reading the news papers available on campus and keep up with the changing news and events. Take Care.

  21. Gabrielle Krotser says:

    I can’t wait for a fun and exciting semester!

  22. Mara Joffe says:

    This is my second journalism class, and I can already tell it’s going to be much more exciting than the first!

  23. Briana Dubaz says:

    I am so excited for this class. As a journalism major, it seems like a great introduction to the world of Journalism!

  24. Paris Crawford says:

    I am so excited to be under the leadership of “Mr. Magazine!”

  25. Molly says:

    I am very excited about this class and everything we are going to be learning and doing throughout the semester.

  26. Courtney says:

    I am not a journalism major but i look forward to all that this class has to offer.

  27. Jasmine Mays says:

    This is my first time taking a journalism class and I’m really enjoying it. I thought it would be different as in boring but you make it fun and very interesting. This is also my first time commenting on a blog. I look forward to the future of this class and to the blogs that will come.

  28. Marrissa Senneff says:

    Technology is everywhere you look. It’s the loud tornado practice alarm to the cell phone in your hand. No one can go without these things. We have grown to think that cell phones and computers are a necessity and without them we could die. Technology has made life easier and faster and the consumers have fallen in love with that. Companies must thrive to ‘fall in love’ with their consumer in order to prosper. They give us what we want and what we want is the next best thing.

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