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

Speakers, panelists and attendees will explore successful solutions to the most urgent threat to cultural memory today: the loss of online news content. Journalistic content, published on websites and through social media channels, is ephemeral, unstable and easily lost in a tsunami of digital content. Join other professional journalists, librarians, archivists, technologists and entrepreneurs in addressing the urgent need to save the first rough draft of history in digital form.

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.

The two-day event is funded by the 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.

Submission types include the following:

Presentation: 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.

Poster: 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.

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. 15. Notification of acceptance will be provided by Sept.15.

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

Elisabeth Joyce  
JDNA graduate assistant

Edward McCain  
Digital Curator of Journalism


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