Welcome back, lovers of magazine and magazine media! I know you’ve all been lurking the blog to find out more information regarding our annual ACT Experience, the only Experience that we talk about nothing but magazines and magazine media. This year’s conference – ACT 8 Experience: Print Proud Digital Smart – is not for the faint-hearted. I can assure you we have an interesting lineup of professionals from all over the world. If you’re interested in marketing, journalism, digital or a combination of all, you need to attend this conference. It will be a wild ride of critiquing the current magazine industry and welcoming my magazine students who plan to change it for the better. Mark your calendars for April 17-20, because this will be the biggest and best ACT (Amplify, Clarify and Testify) to date.

As the preparations for the ACT 8 Experience continue, here is our tentative agenda for the two and half days of magazine media bliss:

Magazine Innovation Center’s ACT 8 Experience
at The Meek School of Journalism and New Media
The University of Mississippi

Print Proud Digital Smart
Tentative Agenda April 17 to 20, 2018

Tuesday April 17, 2018
6:00 p.m. Registration and Reception: The Ole Miss Inn Ballroom
7:00 p.m. Opening Dinner Gala: The Ole Miss Inn Ballroom
7:05 p.m. Welcoming Remarks: Jeffery Vitter, Chancellor, The University of Mississippi
7:45 p.m. Keynote Address: Magazines and Magazine Media: A Global View
Linda Thomas Brooks, President and CEO, MPA: The Association of Magazine Media
James Hewes, President and CEO, FIPP: The Network for Global Media, United Kingdom
Tom Quinlan, Chairman and CEO, LSC Communications, Inc.

9:30 p.m. Oxford on your Own.

Wednesday April 18, 2018
All events take place at the Overby Center for the Study of Southern Journalism and Politics
7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast (or breakfast on your own at The Inn)
8:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks: Samir Husni, Founder and Director, Magazine Innovation Center
Welcome to the World of Magazines and Magazine Media, Liz Vaccariello, Editorial Director, Parents Magazine Network, Meredith
Your Brain on Print, Daniel Dejan, ETC Print Creative Manager, Sappi North America
Your Brain on Digital, Joe Hyrkin, CEO, issuu
Be Scholarly, Think Like a Shoemaker: Mona Hidayet, Executive Director, Clients & Products, Advantage CS
10:30 a.m. Break
Deborah Corn, Principal, Chief Blogger, and Intergalactic Ambassador to
The PrinterverseTM – Print Media Centr
Erik van Erp, Founder and Editor, Print Media News, The Netherlands
11:45 a.m. Print Proud Digital Smart
Moderated by Joe Berger, Publishers Marketing Sales Consultant, Joseph Berger Associates
Panelists:
Joseph Ballarini, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Tail Fly Fishing magazine
Tony Frost, Senior Vice President, TVGM LLC, TV Guide,
Mark Potts, Managing Editor, Alta The Journal of Alta California,
Jen Ripple, Founder and Editor in Chief, DUN magazine,
John Thames, Founder & Publisher, Covey Rise Magazine
12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Magazines at Retail: The View from Publisher, Distributor, Retailer & More Moderated by Tony Silber, Magazine-Media Expert, founder of M10 Magazine, President of Long Hill Media
Panelists:
Jerry Lynch, President, Magazine And Books, Retail Association
William Michalopoulos, Vice President, Retail, Sales & Marketing, PubWorX
Sebastian Raatz, Publisher/Co-founder, Centennial Media
Ray Shaw, Executive Vice President/Managing Director, MagNet
Dave Forsman, EVP of Sales, TNG
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. The View from Abroad
Panelists:
Zenebe Likyeleh Beyene, Instructional Assistant Professor of Journalism Instruction and Director of International Programs, Meek School of Journalism & New Media
Natashia Gregoire, Reputation Manager, Editor, Access magazine, Fed Ex
Abdulsalam Haykal, Founder and Publisher, Harvard Business Review Arabic, United Arab Emirates,
Monique de Ruiter, Former Editor Diversity magazine and VTWonen, The Netherlands, Franska Stuy, Founder & Editor, Franska.NL, The Netherlands,
5:00 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m. Awards program The Meek School of Journalism and New Media and The Magazine Innovation Center’s Awards and Presentations:
The Silver Em Award presented to Newell Turner, Editorial Director, Hearst Magazines Design Group
7:15 p.m. Dinner on the Grounds
9:00 p.m. Oxford on your Own

Thursday April 19, 2018
All events take place at the Overby Center for the Study of Southern Journalism and Politics
7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast (or breakfast on your own at The Inn)
8:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Making Money in Magazines and Magazine Media, Bonnie Kintzer, President & CEO, Trusted Media Brands
Making Money in Magazines and Magazine Media, Daren Mazzucca, Vice President/Publisher, Martha Stewart Living, Meredith
John French, Co-Founder, French LLC
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Making Money in Magazines and Magazine Media: A Panel Discussion
Moderated by Jim Elliott, Founder and President, James G. Elliott Co.
Panelists:
John French, Co-Founder, French LLC
Bonnie Kintzer, President & CEO, Trusted Media Brands
Daren Mazzucca, Vice President/Publisher, Martha Stewart Living
Kevin Novak, CEO, Founder and Chief Digital Strategist, 2040 Digital
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Bo Sacks, President, Precision Media Group
1:45 p.m. Print Proud Digital Smart, Mark Potts, Managing Editor, Alta The Journal of Alta California
2:15 p.m. The Mississippi Delta: An Introduction
Panelists:
Scott Coopwood, Publisher, Delta Magazine
Thomas Whitney, President, Democrat Printing & Lithographing
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Board the buses for our annual Mississippi Music and Magazines Delta Tour
5:00 p.m. Delta Blues Museum and tour of Clarksdale
6:30 p.m. Dinner at Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, MS.
9:30 p.m. Back to the hotel and end of the ACT 8 Experience

To register for the ACT 8 Experience click here.

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