By: Edward Egros

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Outside the Box: Lessons from SXSW

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Recently the "Outside the Box" crew traveled to Austin, Texas for the first weekend of SXSW, a conference billing itself that celebrates the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries. Specifically, we went to panel conversations devoted to sports, analytics and the media. When it comes to the future of basketball, all of us had strong opinions about the direction of the sport, the extensions to which fans are engaged and who's responsible for the growth of the game and the growth of players.

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#NewsEngagementDay

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This October 4th is News Engagement Day. The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication dedicated this day to making news, "…a national priority again [where] everyone is encouraged to read, watch, like, tweet, post, text, email, listen to or comment on news."

For News Engagement Day, I went to Southern Methodist University and spoke to a digital journalism class about data journalism, or using numerical data to find trends and uncover any cause and effect through quantitative measures. Not only did I explain how I hope to advance data journalism, the class was given an assignment: using baseball data, who should the Texas Rangers root for in the American League Wild Card game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays? In other words, which statistics suggest the Rangers have a better chance to beating once the wild card winner advances to the ALDS? The students then shared their research.

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Special thanks to Prof. Jake Batsell for allowing me to speak to his class and for the photos used in this post.

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