Two and a Half Days of Magazine and Magazine Media Bliss. An Invite to Attend the Magazine Innovation Center’s ACT 8 Experience April 17 to 19 in Oxford, Mississippi.

February 2, 2018

ACT 8 Experience is dedicated to the memory of Jennifer Reeder, VP of Sales at Democrat Printing and Lithography and a board member of the Magazine Innovation Center whose untimely death shocked all of us. May she rest in peace.

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 17-19, because this will be the biggest and best ACT (Amplify, Clarify and Testify) to date.

For less than $400 you can attend and be part of this annual experience. ACT 8 Experience will be a chance for you to inspire industry leaders and future industry leaders to propel the world of magazines into a profitable future. I guarantee you will walk away with better connections and feel inspired about the magazine world outside your bubble.

This year we are welcoming several new faces including Linda Thomas Brooks, President & CEO of MPA, James Hewes, President and CEO of FIPP, the global media network based in the Untied KIngdom, Erik van Erp, Founder and Editor of Print Media News in The Netherlands, Bonnie Kintzer, President & CEO – Trusted Media Brands (formerly Reader’s Digest, and Newell Turner, Editorial Director of the Hearst Design Group.

You’ll have direct access to more than 10 editors and editorial directors, 9 presidents and CEO’s and a slew of marketers, designers and sales consultants. See the list of confirmed speakers so far at the end of this blog. A total of 33 magazine and magazine media makers sharing their knowledge and wisdom in the world of magazine and magazine media making.

Consider this a small vacation. Sit back and listen to prolific speakers tell their stories – their trials and tribulations we all rallied against to become the best writers, designers marketers and business people we could be.

Immerse yourself in the foothills of Mississippi by exploring the small but mighty town of Oxford. Take a step into southern past by strolling the streets in Clarksdale, Mississippi where the Delta Blues Museum and Morgan Freeman’s famous Ground Zero restaurant sit tucked into a humble downtown. Allow your creative juices to flow as you network with industry leaders.

I personally guarantee you will leave Oxford not only with a leg up on the industry but with a belly full of Mississippi fried catfish and an ear full of soothing, Delta blues. It’s a refreshing experience to slow down to the Mississippi pace of life. Enjoy a memorable ACT experience of learning, doing, seeing and living the Mississippi way.

Here is the link to register: http://maginnovation.org/act/register/. We only permit 100 attendees, so hop on now to reserve your spot. Join us this April for an (ACT) experience to remember!

Confirmed ACT 8 Experience Speakers (in Alpha Order) as of Feb. 1, 2018

Joseph Ballarini: Founder and Editor-in-Chief – Tail Fly Fishing magazine

Joe Berger: Publishers Marketing & Sales Consultant, Joseph Berger Associates
Linda Thomas Brooks: President & CEO – MPA: The Association of
Magazine Media
Deborah Corn: Principal, Chief Blogger, and Intergalactic Ambassador to The Printerverse™ – Print Media Centr
Marisa Davis: Associate Director, Product Marketing – MNI Targeted Media
Daniel Dejan: North American ETC (Education, Consulting and Training),
Print Creative Manager – Sappi Fine Paper
Jim Elliott: President – The James G. Elliott Company. 

Erik van Erp: Founder and Editor, Print Media News, The Netherlands
John French: Co-Founder – French LLC

Tony Frost: Senior Vice President, TVGM LLC, TV Guide

Natashia Gregoire: Reputation Manager, Editor, Access magazine – Fed Ex

Abdulsalam Haykal: Founder and Publisher, Harvard Business Review Arabic, United Arab Emirates

James Hewes: President & CEO – FIPP: The Network For Global Media
Mona Hidayet: Executive Director, Clients & Products – Advantage CS

Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni: Founder and Director, Magazine Innovation Center
Joe Hyrkin: CEO – issuu

Todd Krizelman: CEO – MEDIAradar
Bonnie Kintzer: President & CEO – Trusted Media Brands
Jerry Lynch: President – Magazine And Books, Retail Association
Daren Mazzucca: Vice President/Publisher – Martha Stewart Living

Mark Potts: Managing Editor – Alta The Journal of Alta California

Sebastian Raatz: Publisher/Co-founder – Centennial Media

Jen Ripple: Founder and Editor in Chief – DUN magazine

Monique de Ruiter: Former Editor Diversity magazine and VTWonen – The Netherlands

Bo Sacks: President, Precision Media Group

Ray Shaw: Executive Vice President/Managing Director – MagNet

Tony Silber: Former editor – Folio

Franska Stuy: Founder & Editor – Franska.NL, The Netherlands

John Thames: Founder & Publisher – Covey Rise Magazine
Newell Turner: Editorial Director – Hearst Design Group
Liz Vaccariello: Editor in Chief, Parents Magazine, and Content Director, Meredith Parents Network
Jeffrey Vitter: Chancellor – University of Mississippi
Thomas Whitney: President, Democrat Printing & Lithographing

Stay tuned as more speakers are added to the roster…

Don’t wait, register today. Registration is limited to the first 100 people. See you in April.

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