Dodging the Memory Hole 2016: Saving Online News forum organizers today announced a travel scholarship program for select graduate students to attend the forum at the UCLA Library on Oct. 13 and 14. The travel scholarship committee is especially interested in working with students from underrepresented and underserved communities. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.

A Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will support these DTMH-IMLS scholarships, which will be offered to students enrolled in graduate programs (e.g., library/information science, journalism, computer science or related fields) in the U.S. A minimum of 10 students will be selected for the awards. As part of their participation, recipients are expected to complete short-term projects supporting the goals of the conference (see forum goals below).

Award criteria

Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on availability of funding and a one-page letter of interest. This letter should provide justification of the requested funds, which are expected to be used primarily for reimbursement of travel-related expenses, and a project proposal for a deliverable that supports one or more of the six conference goals (see below). Proposed projects must be well defined and relatively short-term. Each scholarship recipient will be paired with a designated project sponsor. The scholarship recipient and primary sponsor will be responsible for clear and timely communication in order to complete the stated goals of the project satisfactorily and on time.

Key proposal elements for the letter of interest include:

  • one-page in length (single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman)
  • justification of requested funds (a simple budget of travel expenses and any other anticipated expenses needed)
  • proposal for a deliverable that supports one or more conference goals (see below)
  • projects must be well defined and short-term (expected completion by Dec. 31, 2016)
  • submitted by Aug. 31, 2016 deadline
  • "DTMH-IMLS 2016 Travel Scholarship" in the email subject line

Application deadline

Send the letter of interest by email to by Aug. 31 with “DTMH-IMLS 2016 Travel Scholarship” in the subject line. The one-page application should be a typed single-spaced letter in 12-point Times New Roman. Failure to follow these guidelines may invalidate the application.


The following expenses will be eligible for reimbursement via scholarship funds:

  • Travel to and from the UCLA Library in Los Angeles.
  • Hotel rates and fees for two nights.
  • Per diem meals and expenses for two and a half days (some meals will be provided at the conference).

In addition, Wi-Fi access and other necessary incidental expenses may be covered, as determined in advance by the scholarship committee.


To be considered for the DTMH-IMLS 2016 scholarship, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Submission of a one-page letter of interest by Aug 31.
  • Current enrollment in a graduate program (e.g., library/information science, journalism, computer science or related fields) in the U.S.


Potential scholarship projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Authoring or editing a portion of an event-related white paper.
  • Visualizations of tweets and-or other social media mentions before, during and after the DTMH 2016 forum.
  • Providing an overview of the archival coverage of select news publishers.
  • A quick test of "archival readiness” of news publishers’ websites (e.g., 13 percent of web resources from can not be archived due to access restrictions or technical difficulties.
  • Other scholarly output from the forum.

Thinking “outside the box” is encouraged.


Those interested in a scholarship are encouraged to sign up for a one-hour webinar that will be held at 2 p.m. CDT Aug. 17. The webinar will provide contextual information that may be relevant to scholarship proposals. It will also provide prospective applicants the opportunity to talk directly to two of the DTMH-IMLS travel scholarship committee members.

About the Dodging the Memory Hole series

DTMH 2016 will be the fourth event in the Dodging the Memory Hole series, an outreach initiative of the Journalism Digital News Archive’s program to preserve born-digital journalism. News content created or captured for an online audience are vulnerable to a variety of threats including hardware failures, software obsolescence, environmental and human-caused disasters and link rot. The DTMH 2016 forum builds on previous efforts to save born-digital news content, but narrows the focus to protecting news content published online.

The forum goals are as follows:

  1. Produce and publish an outline for a proposed national agenda for preserving online born-digital news.
  2. Identify concrete roles for each stakeholder that will help accomplish this agenda.
  3. Facilitate cooperation and knowledge-sharing between news technologists and digital preservation experts.
  4. Examine how technology platforms such as content management systems can be adapted to work with existing digital preservation infrastructures.
  5. Better prepare students -- especially those in library science, archival and museum studies and information sciences -- for the digital preservation needs of 21st-century journalism.
  6. Identify specific projects that will advance online preservation practice today.


Reimbursement of approved expenses will be dependent on the awardees’ project delivery on or before Jan. 15, 2017.


For more information about Dodging the Memory Hole or the DTMH-IMLS 2016 scholarship, contact Edward McCain, project principal investigator, at


This event is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Award and a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Additional support is provided by UCLA Library and the Educopia Institute.


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