Since 1987, SXSW (South by Southwest) has been bringing together film, music, and media pioneers for two weeks in mid-March to take over Austin, Texas. Over the years, the gathering has grown into a conglomerate, incorporating more topics to capture the contemporary zeitgeist. So on top of film screenings, music performances, and a comedy festival, it now includes a plethora of presentations, panel discussions and meet-ups on everything from tech, design, sports, and food.
With the increased focus on media and politics since the US Presidential elections last year, it’s no wonder SXSW included a new Journalism track to its roaster this year. From fact-checking bots, live video, online trolls, and fake news – the track will tackle tough issues facing today’s media professionals and explore all the positive and negative impacts of technology intersecting with media.
Our very own Steve El-Sharawy is part of the program! His talk will look at how filter bubbles affect media and elections. So if you or your colleagues are in Austin this week, join his talk on Thursday, March 16th.
If you’re not joining SXSW in person this year, you can still dip your toes into the event’s program by joining their exclusive interviews, red carpet coverage, and live performances on Facebook.