2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Presented by: Knight Foundation

140 Characters, Zero Context

Saturday, March 12
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon F
500 E 4th St

Twitter has changed the journo's playbook. But at what cost? For those of us who cover politics, live-tweeting a meeting (for example) certainly offers plenty of opportunity for scoop, but it can also rob our readers of context. All this while the pressure to participate can distract from deeper, more thorough reporting. Meanwhile, on the business side, some—namely, in this case, the Austin Monitor with its TickTock feature--see an opportunity for monetization. What ethical problems does this all present? And, moving forward, what pitfalls should we look to avoid (as the whole electronic world looks on)?

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Emily Ramshaw at SXSW

Emily Ramshaw


The Texas Tribune

Emily Ramshaw is editor of The Texas Tribune (www.texastribune.org), an Austin-based non-profit news organization that promotes civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics and governm...

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Jamelle Bouie at SXSW

Jamelle Bouie

Staff Writer

Slate Magazine

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer for Slate Magazine where he writes on politics, policy, and race. He is based in Washington D.C., and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Nation, the New York...

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Michael Kanin at SXSW

Michael Kanin


Austin Monitor

Mike Kanin is the President and CEO of the Capital of Texas Media Foundation and the publisher of the Austin Monitor. He has extensive media experience, including many years of freelance reporting....

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Mike DeBonis

Congressional Reporter

The Washington Post

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015, where he developed a broad social media audience th...

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