31 May 2017

Preserving the News

For the week of June 4, 2017

News outlets produce a huge volume of content. But much of what is printed, posted online or broadcast is uncatalogued or simply disappears. Newsprint, film and tapes deteriorate or get tossed out. And the lifespan of digital media is often fleeting. This week, a look at why many historians worry about our preservation of news and media.

Guests: Kathleen Hansen and Nora Paul from the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the authors of “Future Proofing the News: Preserving the First Draft of History”

  • Part 1 – 12:57

    Part 1
    Newspapers, tapes and film are all susceptible to wear and decay, threating the physical archives of the news. But even today’s digital media, Hansen and Paul warn, is in danger of disappearing.
  • Part 2 – 13:37

    Part 2
    Many of our cherished news archives—from colonial newspapers to WWII radio broadcasts—come not from news organizations but from individuals who took it upon themselves to collect the archives. Hansen and Paul encourage the news media to be more proactive in protecting their work, or, to find an organization like a college or historical society to care for their documents.

    More information on “Future Proofing the News” can be found at: rowman.com

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