Freedom Forum Institute and Newseum staff will travel to Austin, Texas in March for the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW). These leaders, who drive and shape the organizations’ shared missions of increasing public understanding of a free press and the First Amendment, will participate in discussions and live-streamed interviews with experts in the media, religious liberty and journalism fields.
On Sunday, March 10 at 11 a.m., Sonya Gavankar, director of public relations at the Newseum and Freedom Forum Institute, will lead a meet-up session on “Inclusivity in Media.” Join the Institute and Newseum, two organizations focused on diversity and inclusion programs for journalists for more than two decades, to network and learn how you can foster inclusivity in your media organization of choice.
On Monday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m., Kristen Farrington, executive director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute, will discuss “Effective Religious and Civic Leadership.” Farrington will highlight the First Amendment principles that govern the relationship of religion and government and will define protections for the free exercise of religion. This session seeks to ensure that leaders are able to forge a shared understanding of the place of religion in public life and work together to sustain America’s bold experiment in living with our deepest differences. The Religious Freedom Center is committed to promoting dialogue and understanding among people of all religions and none.
On Tuesday, March 12 at 12:30 p.m., Gavankar will be joined by David Hudson, First Amendment fellow at the Freedom Forum Institute, to explore student journalism and the censorship challenges they face in reporting on controversial subjects in school or in the community. “Student Journalists: Oasis in Today’s News Deserts” will also contemplate the recent rebirth of student activism and engagement as more young people choose to speak out on cutting-edge issues. This session will also discover how student journalists have filled an information gap in news deserts where local coverage is lost or minimal.