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Insights for journalists from South by Southwest Interactive festival



Austin's South by Southwest Interactive festival wrapped up Tuesday, March 13, leaving behind plenty of digital technology lessons and insights for journalists.

For example, Poynter's Steve Myers offers a quick re-cap of a panel called “Is Aggregation Theft?” Panelist Simon Dumenco has created the Council on Ethical Blogging and Aggregation, aimed at creating "common-sense rules" for aggregation, explained The New York Times. Myers offers a link to a chat with Dumenco about proper aggregation and why there's a need for such a council in the first place.

Panelists also explored social media and citizen journalism, such as Sohaib Athar, the man who inadvertently live-tweeted the raid that led to Osama bin Laden's death.

New York Times editor Jill Abramson discussed the future of the Gray Lady and its paywall put into place last year, noting that she was optimistic that "our quality journalism is gonna live on forever, regardless of platform," reported the Huffington Post.

In a Q&A, SXSW panelist Justin Ellis, assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, discussed the business of news, and Business Week offers five takeaways from this year's interactive festival, including "old media wants to play, too."

Mallary Jean Tenore of Poynter offers a run-down of 25 SXSW "don't miss" panels for journalists, ranging from topics on curation, crowdsourcing and long-form journalism to political coverage, data journalism, and the digital divide.

Mashable uses photos to recount "every awesome moment you missed at SXSW," and, inspired by SXSW, Poynter suggests ways for breaking out of the entrenched habits of daily journalism.



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