When New York Times media critic David Carr died suddenly this past February, one of the best immediate tributes was penned by Page One documentary director Andrew Rossi. Writing on Take Part, Rossi described the time he spent with Carr as follows:
Following David for two years was a master class not just in journalism but in so many other aspects of life: fatherhood, friendship, house party dancing, short-order cooking and risk taking. He had a deep sense of what mattered to him (his family, his credibility, his craft), but he was willing to go out on a limb, and he was an early promoter of so many digital tools, even if he seemed like a stodgy defender of the old school to some in Silicon Valley.
Yes, he wanted to protect the boots-on-the-ground reporting that heretofore relied on print advertising, but he celebrated the “self-cleaning oven” ethos of the Web, and he believed in the destiny of the Times as a multimedia content creator, not a stack of paper that he readily predicted would become like vinyl records in the not-so-distant future.
Last week, SXSW – where Page One screened in 2011 – announced the launch of the David Carr Prize for Emerging Writers. The deadline for entry is Jan. 29:
The piece should cover what is exciting (or unnerving) about life in the coming years in 2,000 words or less. For example: Do you want to live on Mars? Do fully-functioning, AI-powered robots fill you with hope or fear? Will the next generation of social media apps make us more likely to behave with kindness rather than vitriol? Can engineers succeed where politicians have failed in creating a more peaceful world? Might society mirror movies and books as technological advances catch up to science fiction? SXSW wants to hear your version and vision of where we’re headed.