South by Southwest

Death and writing short - the missing SXSW session

I once heard the great Francis X. Clines of the New York Times tell a group of journalists never to apologize for writing about death.  “We tell the morbid truth,” he said. I was scheduled to deliver a workshop on “How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times” on St. Patrick’s Day at SXSW.  But on Friday the Thirteenth … Read More

SXSW report: Washington Post's digital numbers even better than officials claimed

According to Capital New York, Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron and Chief Information Officer Shailesh Prakash gave a presentation at the South by Southwest Interactive festival on how the technological innovations introduced by Jeff Bezos have changed the newspaper's fortunes. And they made a remarkable claim: according to numbers produced by comScore, the Post's number of unique … Read More

From Dan Rather to Vice, here's a look at what SXSW Interactive has for journalists

None of the sessions journalists may enjoy at South by Southwest Interactive actually use the word journalism as a theme. Most of them are called "content and distribution." Whether you're going or just hoping to follow along virtually, SXSW has a lot for journalists. "I think that for 2015, this is probably the most extensive collection of … Read More

Tuesday at SXSW: Sessions for news junkies

Editor’s Note: Poynter is at South by Southwest, the annual music, movie and interactive festival, March 7-16, in Austin, Texas. Look for our Poynter faculty members, Roy Peter Clark, Ellyn Angelotti and Kelly McBride, and digital media reporter Sam Kirkland. We combed through the interactive schedule to find the sessions journalists attending the conference won't want to miss. Read More

Seven lessons from Humans of New York's Brandon Stanton at SXSW

Standing in line to see Brandon Stanton, the man behind the Humans of New York blog and book, was like discovering his blog for the first time. Because Stanton was scheduled to speak at 11:15 a.m. on the stage inside in the SXSW trade show, which didn't open until 11 a.m., it seemed like something big was about … Read More

Sunday at SXSW: Sessions for news junkies

Editor’s Note: Poynter is at South by Southwest Interactive through Tuesday, in Austin, Texas. Look for our Poynter faculty members, Roy Peter Clark, Ellyn Angelotti and Kelly McBride, and digital media reporter Sam Kirkland. Sunday's a packed day of sessions of interest to journalists and those in the news media. Read More

FiveThirtyEight to relaunch March 17

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight will relaunch March 17, ESPN President John Skipper announced Saturday at South by Southwest as he introduced Silver and Grantland's Bill Simmons for a panel on personal media brands. News! Based on @NateSilver538's calculations, there's a 90.617854% chance we’re relaunching FiveThirtyEight on March 17. — FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) March 8, 2014 While talking about leaving The New York Times and deciding to partner with ESPN, Silver criticized old media brands for being "being slow on their feet and not having entrepreneurial spirit." They have no concept of return on investment, he said. Read More

Assange at SXSW: “exodus of national security reporters"

National security reporters from the U.S. are a “new type of refugee,” according to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who addressed South by Southwest attendees via video conference Saturday. “Glenn Greenwald, originally from New York, where is he now?” he asked. (Answer: Brazil.) “Laura Poitras ... where is she now?” (Answer: Germany.) Assange himself has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012. His point: Feeling increasingly threatened by their own governments since last year's NSA leaks keeps some journalists from reporting on government surveillance issues — especially those on the receiving end of classified documents — in the first place, and it forces some of those who do into "effective exile." Read More

SXSW's big themes to follow: surveillance, social and rise of self

Editor’s Note: Poynter will be at South by Southwest, the annual music, movie and interactive festival, March 7-16, in Austin, Texas. Look for our Poynter faculty members, Roy Peter Clark, Ellyn Angelotti and Kelly McBride, and digital media reporter Sam Kirkland. Earlier we looked at sessions journalists should plan on attending. Here are the media-oriented themes we expect to play a big role at the conference, which starts today. Read More

Snowden to speak at SXSW

NSA leaker Edward Snowden will speak via videoconference at South By Southwest, the festival has announced. Snowden in Moscow last July. (AP Photo/Human Rights Watch, Tanya Lokshina)Snowden joins Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian reporter who continues to break stories based on Snowden-provided documents at new site the Intercept, as a festival participant. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will also be interviewed at SXSW via satellite phone. Snowden will speak with Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, on Monday. The Texas Tribune will provide a livestream of the session. Read More

Poynter at SXSW: Schedule of sessions focused on the news media

Editor’s Note: Poynter will be at South by Southwest, the annual music, movie and interactive festival, March 7-16, in Austin, Texas. Look for our Poynter faculty members, Roy Peter Clark, Ellyn Angelotti and Kelly McBride, and digital media reporter Sam Kirkland. We combed through the interactive schedule to find the sessions journalists attending the conference won't want to miss. Read More