The Journalism Digital News Archive (JDNA) initiative’s mission is to preserve news content originally produced in digital formats. Over the past four decades the transition from analog to digital systems in news media has transformed the way journalistic content is produced and accessed. Like other creators of “born-digital” content, news media have employed a series of evolving file formats and technical infrastructures, many of which are now — or may soon be — obsolete.

In response to these challenges, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and University of Missouri Libraries saw the need to preserve and maintain the legacy of born-digital news media and established the world’s first digital curator of journalism position. This position laid the groundwork for forming JDNA, with the goal of creating and supporting sustainable systems for preserving born-digital news content. By exploring best practices to archive and access content and resources, including text, photos, video and interactive news apps, JDNA seeks novel approaches for developing scalable digital news preservation enviroments.

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