Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Civil Rights and Storytelling on Sunday 11th March

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  • Still Invisible? Waging Stories with Social Media

    by Jackie Mahendra, Heather Cronk, Jehmu Greene, Felipe Matos and Joe Sudbay

    What does it mean to wage a story? In this panel, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas describes the moment of coming out as an undocumented immigrant, an "outlaw" in his own country. He explores the ways in which his radically visible story traveled from the New York Times to Facebook to Youtube and back -- and forced a toxic national debate into a human frame. As context for Jose's incredible story, Joe Sudbay, Deputy Editor of AMERICABlog, describes how bold, hi-tech storytelling transformed the political calculus during the waning months of the last Congress and landed him in a meeting with President Obama at the White House. Felipe Matos takes us on a journey that reinvents what it means to push for civil rights: a 1,500 mile walk from Miami to DC, tweeted at every turn.These hypervisible, once-invisible stories are changing what we thought we knew about the communities that are "coming out," as well as how to tap the power of social media to ignite change.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Longhorn, Omni Downtown