The Washington Post announces it will debut four new episodes of the short-form documentary series “Throwback Thursday” during the 2019 SXSW Conference. Directed by Post filmmaker Lindsey Sitz, “Throwback Thursday” explores the hilarious and sometimes gut-wrenching nature of childhood memories as millennials take a look back at their tween years.
Following the screening, Sitz and Post executive producer for video Michelle Jaconi will discuss the inspiration behind the series and how it came together. This event will take place Monday, March 11 at 5pm CT at WeWork (600 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX). To attend, register at: we.co/throwbackthurs.
On Saturday, March 9 at The Copernicus Project by Land O’Lakes (311 E 5th Street, Austin, TX), The Washington Post Live will host “Food for Thought,” a program examining the future of food headlined by executive producer and host of Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ Padma Lakshmi in conversation with Post food reporter Mary Beth Albright. The program will also feature local chefs including Olamaie’s Michael Fojtasek, Barley Swine’s Bryce Gilmore, and Launderette’s Laura Sawicki as well as entrepreneurs, and thought leaders like The Farm Project’s Jacob Pechenik who are rethinking how we procure and cultivate our food. As presenting sponsor of the event, Land O’Lakes will have a segment programmed by WP BrandStudio and moderated by Food Tank’s Danielle Nierenberg which explores the truth about the biggest problems and solutions in today’s food system. The event starts at 1:30pm. To attend, register at: foodforthoughtsxsw.splashthat.com
In addition, Post journalists and digital innovators will participate in SXSW sessions, including:
AI and the future of journalism (March 10, 11:00am, JW Marriott Salon E)
Elite Truong, deputy editor for strategic initiatives
Artificial intelligence is already revolutionizing the news industry, as organizations use machine learning to automate thousands of stories, sift through massive data sets to find trends and outliers, and build bots that scale individual conversations with their audiences. That’s just the beginning. But as the potential for artificial intelligence grows, so do the ethical implications. This session will explore the pitfalls and possibilities of how AI will transform the way we report — and consume — the news.
The human cost of journalism (March 10, 3:30pm, JW Marriott Salon E)
Karen Attiah, global opinions editor
Free societies depend on truth and transparency, but in the era of #fakenews, journalism is under siege. Public trust in the media is at an all-time low, while more journalists are being murdered for doing their job than ever before. This discussion, including Jamal Khashoggi’s editor at The Washington Post, a former war correspondent and VP of communications at News Corp, and the advocacy director for the Committee to Protect Journalists will explore the importance of ground truth -- the lengths that people go to get it, and the lengths that governments go to stop it. They will examine the current dangers, and explore potential solutions for protecting the freedom of information, and reporters’ lives.
The media’s new game: Revenue roulette (March 11, 11:00am, JW Marriott Salon E)
Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, managing editor
As 2018 became the year news organizations again learned to love subscriptions, it also became the year it was apparent that no single revenue model was going to carry the day for most publishers. The imperative? Match a free/ad-driven business with a subscription offering and, in many cases, a membership or events stream. The side effect has been that news publishers have had to dig deeper into how they allocate resources, develop coverage and deploy new technology such as artificial intelligence or advanced algorithms. A panel of industry leaders aggressively probing the possibilities will discuss the challenges, dissect the successes and lay out the kind of practical thinking news and media executives will need to push their organizations forward.
Easy to fool? Journalism in the age of deep fakes (March 12, 11:00am, JW Marriott Salon E)
Jeremy Gilbert, director of strategic initiatives
Simpler tools and more powerful processors have democratized synthetic video — more commonly known as deep fakes. Like photos once were, video is still commonly proof that something happened but suddenly it’s possible to fictionalize actual news video. What does this mean for journalists and their audiences? How do synthetic videos threaten trust in the news media? And how can the media aggressively pursue scoops without risking their credibility in a fast-moving news cycle? What tools exist — or should exist — to detect potential fakes? Who is fighting the potential spread of synthetic videos and what can we do about it?
How AI has and will impact the news media industry (March 13, 11:00am, JW Marriott Salon E)
Jeremy Gilbert, director of strategic initiatives
Artificial Intelligence is a powerful technology that has and will continue to revolutionize and change how news media content is collected, created, and consumed. Media companies can leverage AI to augment their editorial teams, personalize the reader experience, and experiment with new consumption mediums, such as chat bots or conversational UI’s. This session will look into how news media companies are using AI today, what is possible in the future, and what action steps you can employ today if you have not yet integrated AI into your newsroom.
Going global- How gaming attracts the world’s largest brands (March 15, 5:00pm, Austin Convention Center Room 9C)
Mike Hume, assignment editor for NHL, fantasy football and esports
The gaming industry is flourishing and the largest brands in the world are taking a keen note. Learn how these global brand leaders are approaching the gaming space and how their perspectives have shifted dramatically from “the early years” to this new age of gaming. With some of the biggest advertising and marketing players pouring millions of dollars across all sectors of this industry, how will new programs develop and marketing initiatives take shape for the next wave of gaming’s growth?