Five Can’t-Miss SXSW Events for Journalists

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By Jessica Roy Comment

Long an incubator for hip tech innovations, Austin’s South by Southwest Interactive Conference features pioneers at the forefront of technology and business. Several of these events are geared towards newsrooms in an effort to help journalists integrate cutting-edge technology into their media toolkits. Here are five of the best events for journalists to attend at this year’s SXSW Interactive, running March 11-15.

Open for News: Turning Journalism Inside Out
When: Sunday March 13, 11am
Where: Sheraton
The Guardian’s Deputy Editor, Ian Katz, and Digital Media Correspondent, Jemima Kiss, team up to tackle the history and implications of “open journalism,” focusing on what journalists can learn from businesses and governments who have adapted the transparent “open” model of operation.
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The Death of the Death of Longform Journalism
When: Sunday March 13, 12:30pm
Where: Sheraton
Wasn’t the Internet supposed to obliterate our attention spans, turning all reporting into easily digestible tidbits? Not according to longform.org Co-Founder Max Linsky, whose SXSW presentation will discuss the optimal delivery method for longform stories and how publishers are harnessing innovative technologies to breathe new life into longform journalism.
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Why Journalists Need to Think Like Geeks
When: Sunday March 13, 5pm
Where: Sheraton
The New Yorker Web Editor Blake Eskin aims to bridge the gap between hacks and hackers in this session, which will teach journalists how to think about technology like programmers.
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Investigative Tweeting? Secrets of the New Interactive Reporting
When: Sunday March 13, 5pm
Where: Sheraton
Monika Bauerlein, co-editor of Mother Jones, hosts an interactive session on “why social media is God’s gift to journalism,” and how investigative reporters can apply new media tools like Twitter to scoop even the biggest newspaper brands.
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Conversational Journalism: Do’s and Don’ts of Audience Participation
When: Tuesday March 15, 11am
Where: Sheraton
Using findings from her doctoral research on community journalism, Pacific Lutheran University Professor Doreen Marchionni provides real world tips for how media organizations can best incorporate the efforts of citizen contributors into their own journalistic processes.
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Are you headed to SXSW? Share the panels and discussions you plan to attend with us in the comments!

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