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Upworthy co-founder at SXSW: ‘This is what media should do’

The cofounder of Upworthy, speaking at South by Southwest Interactive on Monday, called for traditional news organizations to find better ways to engage readers with important journalism that previously never had to worry so much about promoting itself.

Grilled by David Carr of The New York Times on Monday, Eli Pariser defended Upworthy’s viral headline tactics with free market language: “We don’t do well unless people like what we do so much that they share it.”

He emphasized Upworthy’s social mission, rejecting Carr’s challenge that some of the site’s content constitutes clickbait without a cause. The site is partnering with ProPublica and advocacy groups for climate change and human rights, and recently shared a video by Lean In about girls being called “bossy.”

Pariser also pointed to a video of aggressive stop-and-frisk tactics in New York that was viewed 17 million times in five days. The 13-minute video isn’t “anybody’s idea of viral content,” Pariser said, but it gave viewers a powerful glimpse into a world they might not be familiar with. Read more

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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

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ONA introduces 5 ethical challenges of social news gathering at SXSW

A working group formed by the Online News Association has identified five key challenges facing those who gather news via social media. Board members Eric Carvin of AP, one of the working group’s founders, and Mandy Jenkins of Digital First Media explained the challenges at South by Southwest Interactive on Sunday.

Here’s a quick look at what they covered. Read more

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n this Wednesday, March 9, 2011 photo, photographer Brandon Stanton, left, prepares to photograph a man on a New York City sidewalk as he works the streets of New York City seeking photos of people he finds interesting, for his project entitled “Humans of New York.” The photos go on his website, at humansofnewyork.com, and are linked to the neighborhoods in which they were taken. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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 to happen.

“Is this the line for Humans of New York?” people kept asking. “Yes,” someone in the line would say. Then three other people who were standing in the line would say, “What’s Humans of New York?”

Then someone would explain the simple concept behind the blog turned book: Some guy takes simple portraits of people in New York, tells a small story about them and people love it. Now it’s a book that’s “on the way to becoming the most widely sold photography book of all time,” which Stanton explained to his audience. Read more

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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

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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.

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

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sits inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Tuesday July 30, 2013. The conviction of Pfc. Bradley Manning shows that journalists must fight to keep their sources safe, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Tuesday, urging other media organizations to follow his group's lead in advocating aggressively on leakers' behalf. (AP Photo/ Sunshine Press Productions)

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

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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

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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

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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

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