Owen Thomas is the editor-in-chief of ReadWrite, one of the most widely respected and read technology sites on the Web. But before he got there, he spent 17 years working in the trenches of technology journalism, from the scathing, groundbreaking Suck.com to the trendsetting Red Herring to the fearsome Valleywag.
This year he'll be at SXSW in a session called #siliconvalleyproblems: Can We Fix the Tech Mess?
Owen will reveal how the original Suck.com gave birth to the modern blogosphere, what really motivates online journalists (it's not pageviews), what Silicon Valley's biggest problems are – and how we fix them. He'll also talk about what he's learned about using the Web as a tool for journalism, crafting narratives and telling stories in ways that are uniquely suited to the online world, as well as managing some of the Web's best and most unruly editorial teams.
As one panel voter aptly put it: "This panel should be mandatory curriculum for 1st year SXSW attendees." And we'd add that it should be mandatory for anyone in the business of media too.
It's going to be a great session on Sunday, March 9 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Hilton in downtown Austin.
For a preview, here's Owen talking to Brian Solis about why Silicon Valley isn't a place – it's a movement. If you’re at SXSW this year, this is one you don't want to miss.