Archiving digital journalism

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Katherine Boss of New York University; Ben Welsh of Los Angeles Times
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 9:00am
  • Location: Salon A&B
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Digital journalism is disappearing. Chances are, if you read a cool piece of interactive journalism on the web today, that same story won't be online in two years. How can we stop this erosion? How can you, as an individual journalist, make sure that your clips remain available online after you switch jobs? In this panel, journalists and librarians will explain how tools borrowed from libraries and from the field of reproducible scientific research can help ensure that we'll be able to read today's news on tomorrow's computers. We'll talk about ways to use the most popular online archiving site, the Internet Archive; we'll talk about simple strategies for saving visual journalism, and we'll give an update on an exciting new project to preserve news apps.

Speaker Bios

  • Katherine Boss is the Librarian for Journalism, Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. Her research focuses on the challenges of archiving data journalism. She is currently part of a team working on a grant-funded project to build an emulation-based web archiving tool (more info here: https://savingjournalism.reprozip.org/). @katy_boss

  • Ben Welsh is the editor of the Data Desk, a team of reporters and computer programmers in the Los Angeles Times newsroom. He is also an organizer of the California Civic Data Coalition, an network of journalists working to open public data, and the founder of PastPages, an open-source archive dedicated to better preserving digital news.

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