This is one in a series of posts about the panels at this year's South by Southwest — most panels were part of the Interactive track, but some were in Film or Music. All raised a lot of questions, some of which I've asked below; I hope you'll want to join in the conversation.
The journalism-related panels at SXSW were mostly extremely useful, inspiring and thought-provoking. If they occasionally got bogged down in a sort of woe-is-us rehash of the things that are wrong, and the perceived divides between new and old media, it’s to be expected; we all get bogged down in (and depressed by) those lines of thinking from time to time.
That problem is understandable. What’s less so is the way the broad journalism discussions — the dramatically named Media Armageddon panel, the equally sweepingly titled How to Save Journalism panel — never talked about arts journalism. There was a discussion about film criticism during the film track, and a couple of conversations about music journalism, online tastemakers and such. But arts writing wasn’t part of the broader conversation. I think this is a major oversight, the same way I think the laying off of film critics all over the country was a major mistake. Yes, there are a million bloggers posting about every kind of art you can imagine, especially film and pop music. But the number of voices in the conversation is no reason to step out of it entirely.
Speaking of critics, let’s start with the decade’s most defensive discussion of film criticism!
10 pm update:
1. The ODE board will meet with the striking newsroom editors at 8 am tomorrow.
2. The ODE Board has issued a statement after a board meeting. In its entirety:
The Oregon Daily Emerald Board of Directors looks forward to meeting with the newsroom staff Thursday morning, with the goal of ensuring the staff's participation in the continued publication of the ODE.
Steve Smith, who had been offered the position of interim publisher by the ODE board, has withdrawn. The board intends to undertake a national search for a publisher.
The editorial independence of the ODE continues to be of paramount concern, and at no time has the board attempted to undermine that.
In addition, the board remains committed to its responsibility of overseeing the financial stability of the ODE.
We look forward to a prosperous future of providing news to the campus community, as well as a valuable educational opportunity for University students.
3 pm update: We hear the ODE newsroom staff will meet with School of Journalism and Communication dean Tim Gleason at 4 pm. More on this in Update Seven ...
See this link for more info, and we'll post more as we talk to board members, editorial staff and others. Update: The ODE newsroom staff have begun to update their blog after a bit of a slow start this morning.
Basically? It's about student control of the paper, it's about financial health and it's about the board of the ODE making what the students see as a unilateral hiring decision. (Kai Davis' post linked above has way more on that.)
WAY more after the jump.