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Change was, is and will continue to be the only constant in the magazine and magazine media world. However, change has evolved from the slow-moving, steam-powered train, to a nuclear-impelled, speed-possessed bullet.

The Magazine Innovation center at the University of Mississippi, which I founded in 2009, continues its series of Experiences, aptly named ACT (Amplify, Clarify and Testify) with the ACT 4 Experience themed: Don’t Let Digital Scare You – The Power of Print Integrated.

The Experience takes place in Oxford, Mississippi at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, starting the evening of November 5, 2013 and ending the night of November 7. The intimate, and highly interactive, gathering is limited to 25 speakers, 60 attendees and 20 students.

The event receives national and international attention and kudos. It also includes a tour of the Mississippi Delta, the B.B. King Museum and the Delta Blues Museum.

This year there will be four interactive panels focusing on: print and the future of the printed press; single copy sales in a digital age; the economic status of the magazine media business, in terms of revenue, mergers and acquisitions; and “let’s do launch,” featuring first hand experiences from publishers and editors of new magazine launches.

In addition, there will be few keynote speeches by leaders in the magazine media industry about the latest in integrating print with digital and contemporary tried-and-true practices of print and print-integrated.

Confirmed speakers as of today (in alphabetical order) for the ACT 4 Experience include:

•Jay Annis, Vice President, Trade Sales at The Taunton Press
•Gil Brechtel, President and CEO, MagNet
•Craig Chapman, Producer,Real Food Real Kitchens
•Laine Craft, Founder and Publisher, WHOA Magazine
•Daniel Dejan, National Print & Creative Specialist, Sappi Fine Paper
•Jim Elliott, CEO, The James G Elliott Company
•Gregg Hano, CEO at Mag+
•John Harrington, Editor of The New Single Copy
•Mikki K. Harris, Assistant Professor & Multimedia Journalist, Ole Miss
•Erik Hannema,Product Manager Creative Services, Sanoma, The Netherlands
•Vanessa Gregory, Freelance Journalist & Assistant Professor, Ole Miss
•Rich Jacobsen, President & CEO, Time Warner Retail Sales & Marketing
•Keith Kawasaki, Senior Director, iostudio
•Donna Kessler, President, Morris Media Network
•Carol Kicinski – Founder & Editor in Chief – Simply Gluten Free Magazine
•Thom Kicinski – CEO – Edgewater Park Media Inc.
•Ed Knudson, EVP, Sales and Marketing, Digimarc
•Donna Levine, Copy Chief, Garden & Gun magazine
•Bernie Mann, Publisher, Our State magazine
•Jordana Megonigal, Editor in Chief, Business Black Box
•Billy Morris, CEO, Morris Communications
•Maarten Lens-Fitzgerald, Layar
•Gary D. Parisher, President, Cheeriodicals
•Reed Phillips, CEO and Managing Partner, desilva+Phillips
•John Puterbaugh, CEO, Nellymoser: a Brown Printing Company
•Roy Reiman, Founder, Reiman Publications
•Lynn Rosen, Editorial Director, Publishing Executive
•Linda Ruth, President, Publishers Total Sales Services
•Bob Sacks, Bosacks.com, President and Publisher
•Tony Silber, General Manager, Red7Media, Publisher of Folio
•Megan Smith, Founder & Editor, Cake & Whiskey magazine
•Lisa Scott, Executive Director, Periodical and Book Association of America
•Franska Stuy, Editor in Chief, Libelle, The Netherlands
•John Thames, Publisher/Editor in Chief, Covey Rise Magazine
•Kelly Waldrop, Assistant Publisher, Covey Rise Magazine
•Geoff Wasserman, CEO, ShowCase Marketing & Business Black Box
•Julie Wilson, Owner/Publisher, STORY magazine

Confirmed Sponsors (as of today) are (in alphabetical order):

•Brown Printing
•Delta Magazine
•Democrat Printing
•Digimarc
•Freeport Press
•The James G. Elliot Company
•Morris Communications
•Publishers Press
•Sappi Fine Paper
•Shweiki Media

Remember, space is limited so “ACT” now.

Click here to register for the ACT 4 Experience…

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