The massive SXSW festival kicks off Friday in Austin, Texas, with a helping of public media hosts, executives, journalists and others sitting on panels, squeezing into music venues and downing tacos and margaritas with the best of them. We’ll be there covering it, and we’ve made a list of all the pubmedia-related goings-on. Use it as your own guide to help choose among the hundreds of sessions. (You can grab this calendar-friendly link as well.)
Among the most pubmedia-centric panels:
- “Behind the Social at PBS’ Largest Content Provider” — Social media tips from representatives from WGBH-produced radio and TV shows
- “NPR and PBS: Public Media, Reaching New Publics” — Lauren Saks, director of programming for PBS Digital Studios, and Shereen Marisol Meraji of NPR’s Code Switch discuss efforts to reach younger audiences
- “Doc Distribution: Get Up to Speed with PBS Indies” — Intended to introduce filmmakers to public media outlets, this session might also turn into an extension of the ongoing debate between PBS and independent filmmakers who want primetime common carriage for doc showcases POV and Independent Lens. Filmmaker group Indie Caucus is urging supporters of independent films to turn out at the session.
Meanwhile, several other sessions will feature public media personalities as speakers and moderators, including “And While We Are Asking, Is Media Dead Too?” (Bob Garfield), “Social Media: Breaking News or Fixing News?” (Kai Ryssdal) and “Latino Tech-Culture Powers Up” (Maria Hinojosa).
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