Looking Back on SXSW 2019

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The SXSW conference expanded our global community of industry leaders who are passionate about defending the First Amendment.

Since returning from Austin, Texas, Newseum and Freedom Forum Institute staff remain committed to and confident in the future of the First Amendment following their time at SXSW 2019.

Over three days, our featured speakers had the opportunity to share their expertise and leadership experiences across three different sessions. Our SXSW sessions were filled with thought-provoking questions about fostering inclusivity in media organizations, the place of religion in public life and censorship challenges facing student journalists. The panels we hosted included:

Inclusivity in Media focused on creating and improving upon diversity and inclusion programs for journalists and featured:

  • Sonya Gavankar, director of public relations at the Newseum and Freedom Forum Institute;

Effective Religious and Civic Leadership promoted dialogue and understanding between people of all religions and none, featuring a speaker from the Religious Freedom Center:

  • Kristen Farrington, executive director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute;

Student Journalists: Oasis in Today’s News Deserts discussed how student journalists have filled an information gap in news deserts where local coverage is lost or minimal. Speakers included:

  • David Hudson, First Amendment fellow at the Freedom Forum Institute;
  • Sonya Gavankar, director of public relations at the Newseum and Freedom Forum Institute.

Check out some of our favorite SXSW moments on the Newseum’s Flickr album or watch our Facebook Live with content from the Institute’s panel discussion on student journalism.

We also enjoyed taking part in other sessions that introduced us to new connections, technology and ideas. This year, the SXSW conference expanded our global community of industry leaders who are passionate about preserving the integrity of a free press and defending the First Amendment. Did you attend one of our sessions? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter by tagging @Newseum and @FreedomForumIns.

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