Journalism Digital News Archive

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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Call for contributions: Dodging the Memory Hole 2017: Saving Online News
June 16, 2017

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.

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  • McCainspeakwrite plusgood, or How I came up with the name ‘Dodging the Memory Hole’

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    McCainspeakwrite plusgood, or How I came up with the name ‘Dodging the Memory Hole’
    August 25, 2015

    We started digging our current Memory Hole a few decades ago: Technological systems that support the creation and presentation of modern journalism morphed so quickly that we no longer know where the treasure is buried.
  • McCainspeakwrite or How I came up with the name ‘Dodging the Memory Hole’

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    McCainspeakwrite or How I came up with the name ‘Dodging the Memory Hole’
    August 21, 2015

    It’s been two years since I rolled out of Tucson, Arizona, and headed east on Interstate 10 toward the University of Missouri. I brought audiobooks to pass the hours on cruise control. My first selection was George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
  • Preserving a visual record, Part 2

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    Preserving a visual record, Part 2
    July 28, 2015

    Let’s return to the Missourian’s photo desk. Aside from not knowing which drive or disk might hold a certain photo, there was a much bigger problem: There was only one copy of each photo file stored on a drive or disk.
  • Preserving a visual record, Part 1

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    Preserving a visual record, Part 1
    July 23, 2015

    As a digital curator of journalism, I have a tendency to ask people — laypeople and journalists — what types of content they’d like to see or retrieve from news archives. Consistently, photography comes up as one of the top answers.
  • How the Denver Public Library ended up owning the Rocky Mountain News archive

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    How the Denver Public Library ended up owning the Rocky Mountain News archive
    December 17, 2014

    Among the many stories shared at the recent "Dodging the Memory Hole" forum at RJI, none were more gripping and significant than the tale of how the Denver Public Library ended up owning the Rocky Mountain News archive.