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Feb 29, 2016

The Newseum Will Live-Stream Interviews From SXSW Conference March 12 to 14

Daily Programs Will Examine Issues at the Crossroads of Technology and Freedom of Expression

WASHINGTON — The rapid evolution of media and communication technologies has fundamentally changed how and where people get their information. To explore these issues and their impact on free expression and the First Amendment, the Newseum will live-stream discussions with key thought leaders in technology, media and privacy from the WeDC House at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, from March 12 to 14.

The interviews will be moderated by Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute, and Sonya Gavankar, frequent host of the Newseum’s Inside Media and other programs. This year will be the first time the Newseum has attended the conference.

The Washington D.C. Economic Partnership is leading the nation’s capital’s representation at SXSW as a way to promote the city’s efforts to expand its technology sector, provide a platform to promote innovative startup companies and foster new partnerships between D.C. and national business communities.

“The people who attend SXSW are at the forefront of media and technology, and they will determine how we consume news and information in the future,” said Policinski. “Our goal in attending the conference is to learn what impact these new information channels will have on freedom of expression, and to talk to the people who will be blazing that trail.”

The interviews will be live-streamed over the course of three days, from March 12 to 14. The live stream will be available at and selected clips will be uploaded to the Newseum’s YouTube channel shortly after they are streamed.

About the Newseum

The mission of the Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., is to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — apply to their lives. Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum has seven levels with 15 galleries and 15 theaters. The Newseum also reaches millions of students through its robust offering of on-site classes and workshops. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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