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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Reviving Digital Into Print?

The Irony of Writing Online About Digital Preservation

Last month, The Atlantic published a lengthy article about information that is lost on the web. That story itself is in jeopardy.

Meredith Broussard | November 20, 2015

Recently, Adrienne LaFrance wrote in The Atlantic about the digital death and rebirth of a story that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2008. Because “The Crossing,” a 34-part series originally published by the Rocky Mountain News, was born digital, it was not as easily archived as print stories, and its journey from obscurity to resurrection was moving.
I loved LaFrance’s story. It was masterfully written, and it touched on most of the issues that digital preservationists grapple with every day. Coincidentally, the story was published the same week as a special issue of Newspaper Research Journal called “Capturing and Preserving the ‘First Draft of History’ in the Digital Environment,” which is a collection of scholarly papers (including my own) about preserving digital news.

<more at; related links: (Special Issue: Capturing and Preserving the First Draft of History in the Digital Environment. September 2015, vol. 36, no. 3) and (New CRL Analysis: “Preserving News in the Digital Environment”. May 6, 2011)>

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