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

New Media and Government: Holding Our Institutions Accountable

Monday, March 14
5:00PM - 6:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 3-4
110 E 2nd St

Who trusts institutional power anymore, whether in government or media? Not the public. People with all political perspectives are increasingly skeptical of what government, corporations, Wall Street and “Big Media” have to say. But where to turn? In an era of sponsored content masquerading as real news and the merger of entertainment and news, who can be relied on for the truth and how can we help people demand more from our institutions? How can media that reveres “access” above serving their audience truly hold the powerful accountable? Here’s a zesty discussion of where online journalism can, should, and will go in the months and years ahead.

Will it continue to be dominated by huge companies, afraid to tell some stories and more concerned about being part of the establishment or, will it acknowledge the frustration in the land and embrace its watchdog role and do a better job of aggressively digging for meaningful revelations and analysis that help us understand our times and the life-and-death issues we face?

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Andrea Grimes at SXSW

Andrea Grimes

Digital Editor

Texas Observer

I'm the digital editor at the Texas Observer. I know a lot about Bloody Marys.

Russ Baker at SXSW

Russ Baker

Editor in Chief


Russ Baker is the founder and Editor in Chief of the bold, independent, nonprofit news site WhoWhatWhy. He's an award-winning investigative journalist who has worked for some of the world's top med...

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Sean Stone at SXSW

Sean Stone

Co-host of Watching the Hawks

RTI International

Sean Stone co-hosts the daily news show Watching the Hawks on RT International, along with the online interview program Buzzsaw on The Lip TV. Son of the director Oliver Stone, Sean is also an actor and filmmaker.

Tom Philpott at SXSW

Tom Philpott


Mother Jones

Tom Philpott is the Food and Agriculture Correspondent for Mother Jones, and the recipient of the 2015 Gerald E. Loeb Award for Business Journalism, among others. He has worked for Grist Magazine and Reuters.


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