The Magazine Innovation Center, founded in 2009 at the Meek School of Journalism & New Media at the University of Mississippi, is an international collaboration linking the best thinkers in publishing, marketing, printing, advertising and distribution. It seeks to generate focused innovation in magazines and other print media. The magazine and magazine media industry employ the world's great minds. The center will channel their creativity and intellect (away from the grinds of everyday work and challenges) to provide blueprints for productive change.
MIC will catalyze innovation in order to ensure a thriving future for magazines and magazine media and the print industry. The center offers a wide spectrum of perspectives inside and outside of print media. MIC also introduces the future industry leaders (the students) to the current industry leaders (the magazine and magazine media makers).
Open Source Thinking
Each year magazines and magazine media experts come to the center to participate in extensive and visionary programs. The experts together with the students take the time and resources needed to create practical guidelines and directions for the future success of print in a digital age. Results are distributed worldwide. MIC also hosts the annual ACT Experience that aims to amplify, clarify and testify the future of the magazines and magazine media industries.
The Center is under the directorship of its founder Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni, Ph.D. and a board of directors that guides, navigates and oversees its work. Another group of advisors includes leaders in the fields of publishing, printing, advertising and distribution. They are instrumental in helping identify key issues that affect the growth and health of our industry. They are responsible for seeking out talented people who have innovative ideas and spark. These forward-thinking individuals comprise the proactive energy behind the collaborative efforts of the center.