This year’s South by Southwest Interactive conference has more than 900 panels, meetups and mentor sessions, many of which would interest journalists.
As I read the panel descriptions, I was struck by the lack of mobile-related sessions, the repeated pairing of the words “sexy” and “data,” and the emphasis on how social media is changing the way we tell stories. I was also happy to see that several of this year’s presenters are women. SXSW has struggled to get female presenters, prompting discussions about the need for more women in technology. (When I asked SXSW’s Kelly Krause about this year’s speakers, she said she didn’t yet know the percentage of women.)
Below, I describe the 25 panels that I found most interesting for journalists. Given how many panels there are, I’m sure I’ve left out some good ones. If I’ve missed any that you think should be on this list, feel free to add them to the comments section.