Please join us at Dodging the Memory Hole 2017: Saving Online News on Nov. 15-16 at the Internet Archive headquarters in San Francisco. Speakers, panelists and attendees will explore solutions to the most urgent threat to cultural memory today — the loss of online news content. The forum will focus on progress made in and successful models of long-term preservation of born-digital news content. Journalistic content published on websites and through social media channels is ephemeral  and easily lost in a tsunami of digital content. Join professional journalists, librarians, archivists, technologists and entrepreneurs in addressing the urgent need to save the first rough draft of history in digital form.

The two-day forum — funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant awarded to the Journalism Digital News Archive, UCLA Library and the Educopia Institute — will feature thought leaders, stakeholders and digital preservation practitioners who are passionate about preserving born-digital news. Sessions will include speakers, multi-member panels, lightning round speakers and poster presenters examining existing initiatives and novel practices for protecting and preserving online journalism.

About the Dodging the Memory Hole series

This is the fifth event in the DTMH conference series focusing on preserving born-digital news content. Its name, Dodging the Memory Hole, comes from George Orwell’s “1984,” in which photographs and documents conflicting with “Big Brother’s” changing narrative were tossed into a “memory hole” and destroyed. Today’s memory hole is largely the unintentional result of technological systems not designed to keep information for the long term. The previous four events were held at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri in 2014, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2015, the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. in 2015 and UCLA Library in Los Angeles, California in 2016.

For more information about the Journalism Digital News Archive and how you can help save the “first rough draft of history,” like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, follow us on LinkedIn or sign up for our Dodging the Memory Hole newsletter

The Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, award RE-33-16-0107-16.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

Brewster Kahle

Founder & Digital Librarian, Internet Archive

Brewster KahleBrewster Kahle is the founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the internet's first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the web, selling it to in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 20 petabytes of data — the books, web pages, music, television and software of our cultural heritage, working with more than 400 library and university partners to create a digital library accessible to all.

Jefferson Bailey

Director, Web Archiving Programs

Jefferson BaileyJefferson Bailey joined the Internet Archive in Summer 2014. Prior to joining IA, he worked on strategic initiatives, digital preservation, archives, and digital collections at institutions such as Metropolitan New York Library Council, Library of Congress, Brooklyn Public Library and Frick Art Reference Library. Bailey has worked in the archives at NARA, NASA and Atlantic Records. He has an MLIS in Archival Studies from University of Pittsburgh and a BA in English from Oberlin College.

Mark Graham

Director of the Wayback Machine

Mark GrahamMark Graham has created and managed innovative online products and services since 1984. As director of the Wayback Machine he is responsible for capturing, preserving and helping people discover and use more than 1 billion new web captures each week. Graham was most recently senior vice president with NBC News where he managed several business units including GardenWeb and Stringwire, a live, mobile, video platform for collaborative citizen reporting. Graham was senior vice president of technology with iVillage, an early internet company that focused on women and community.


There is no cost to register for this event, but registration is required. The registration deadline is November 1st.

What does registration include?

  • Admission to the event
  • One reception

How to register 

Select the applicable ticket type below and then the "Register" button at the bottom of the ticket window. You can also visit the Eventbrite page to register. The registration deadline is September 29.

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The next Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Online News forum will be held Nov. 15-16 at the Internet Archive in San Francisco.

Your participation in DTMH 2017 will advance the exchange of knowledge of digital preservation and improve successful practices for the preservation of online news. We invite interested parties to submit proposals for presentations, panels and posters. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following six action areas identified in previous DTMH forums: awareness, legal frameworks, policy, resources, standards and practices, and technology.

Submission and review contact: Proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and include names of presenters, their institutions, and email and phone contact information. Send submissions by email to Edward McCain, RJI digital curator of journalism.

All proposals are due by Aug. 1. Notification of acceptance will be provided by Aug. 30.

Please share this call for contributions with anyone you believe would be interested in participating in DTMH 2017.

Submission types include the following:


Lecture-style presentations telling a success story or highlighting progress made in providing long-term access to born-digital news. Presentations should be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for Q-and-A or 40 minutes with 10 minutes of Q-and-A. Related papers and other materials, if provided, will be published in the DTMH 2017 proceedings in digital form.

Panel discussion

Experts offering in-depth knowledge from multiple perspectives. One panelist serves as a moderator/facilitator. Opportunities to actively involve the audience should be incorporated into the session. Panel discussions should last 40 minutes with 10 minutes of Q-and-A, but may run longer if necessary.

Lightning round

Informal talk lasting five minutes about a success story or progress made in saving online news. Lightning-round talks will be grouped into longer blocks of time as needed for scheduling purposes.


A poster report, up to 36 inches by 48 inches, that relates to one or more conference topics and utilizes graphic elements to provide information in a clear, interesting manner.

Accepted posters will be displayed during the conference and presented to attendees during the poster exhibition. Abstracts, up to two pages in length, will be published in the DTMH 2017 proceedings in digital form.


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