Marty Baron to speak with Newseum CEO Jeffrey Herbst at SXSW

Marty Baron

Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron

Newseum CEO Jeffrey Herbst will interview Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, March 13 at 10 a.m. ET / 9 a.m. CT. The coffee fireside chat, “‘Spotlight’ on the Future of News,” promises to be a lively discussion on how the rapid evolution of media technologies has fundamentally changed the news business and will continue to affect an informed citizenry and our democracy.

Baron had just joined the Boston Globe in 2001 when the paper’s investigative journalism team brought him a story on serial sexual abuse by Boston-area Catholic priests. As the paper’s top editor, Baron spearheaded the investigation by the Spotlight team, which exposed a decades-long coverup in the Boston Archdiocese. Baron and the Globe were awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for public service, and their story is portrayed in “Spotlight,” this year’s Best Picture honoree at the Academy Awards. (Liev Schreiber plays Baron in the film.)

The Newseum’s interviews with thought leaders at SXSW will explore issues of media, technology and privacy, and how the First Amendment affects modern communication at every level. Many of the interviews will be available to watch via live stream at, and selected clips will be posted on the Newseum’s YouTube channel.

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