The annual South by Southwest® (SXSW) festival—which celebrates the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture—is fast approaching, and the public now has the opportunity to vote for the sessions they’d like to hear at the 2022 event. Here are the Reuters-led sessions, focused on combatting misinformation and representation in media available to vote for ahead of the March conference:
Solutions to living in a post-truth era
The rise of political and health misinformation has dominated social media, instantaneously shifting the perception of established fact among individuals and communities around the world. With divisions steeped through political and media echo chambers, a post-truth era now questions our universal truths, creating even more divide. This session explores how media literacy is critical when navigating the digital information ecosystem and taming the infodemic – knowing how and when to harness your skills in deciphering what’s real or fake and the role that Big Tech, journalism and governments play in this.
Speak for yourself
Representation in media has increasingly become a hot-button issue. Marginalized groups, including women, people of color, the LGBT+ community, have for many years been rarely seen and often not heard in news coverage. With local news in crisis across the United States and news deserts growing by the day, issues of representation remain as prevalent as at the industry’s peak, when local news often failed to reflect needs and voices of all the people in a locality. News ownership and leadership, even when well-intentioned and thoughtful, was far from diverse. What interested largely white, male owners and editors defined what made “news.”
How do we change that calculus, broaden our understanding of what “news” is, and truly write for and about the myriad communities across the country?
Cast your vote between now and August 26, 2021.
[Reuters PR blog post]
Deepal . Patadia @ tr.com