Samir Afif Husni University of Mississippi

Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni, Ph.D.  is the founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University f Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media. He is also Professor and Hederman Lecturer at the School of Journalism. As Mr. Magazine™ he engages in media consulting and research for the magazine media and publishing industry.

Dr. Husni is the author of the annual Samir Husni’s Guide to New MagazinesJust Common Sense: Mr. Magazine’s Ideas to Grow and Cultivate Magazine Media ; Magazine Conversations; Magazine Publishing in the 21st CenturyLaunch Your Own Magazine: A Guide for Succeeding in Today’s Marketplace; and Selling Content: The Step-by-Step Art of Packaging Your Own Magazine,. Dr. Husni is also the co-author of Design Your Own Magazine . He is also the editor of The Future of Magazines.

He has presented seminars on trends in magazines and magazine media to the editorial, advertising and sales staff of the magazine groups of the Morris Communications Company, the Finnish media group Sanoma, The South African Media 24 Magazine Group, IOStudio, Hightlights for Children, Inc., 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, Southern Progress magazines, New South Publishing, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Magazine Editors, MPA: The Association of Magazine Media, 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; “a world-renowned expert on print journalism” according to CBS News Sunday Morning and The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “the planet’s leading expert on new magazines.”

Dr. Husni has been interviewed by major U.S. and International 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 world-wide, as well as the major newsweeklies and a host of trade publications.

He has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, CNBC, CNN, CNNFN, PBS, and on numerous radio talk shows including National Public Radio’s Morning and Weekend Editions as well as On The Media.

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.