Most U.S. news outlets fail to adequately process their born-digital content for long-term survival 

Backup alone isn’t enough to preserve your valuable digital news content, especially if the backup fails or its recovery technology becomes outdated. Many newsroom leaders don’t think about this mission-critical issue until it’s too late. By then their journalists have lost access to years of contextual information that would’ve added credibility and depth to their reporting. Digital preservation is the answer.

If you are a decision-maker in a news organization who recognizes the value of digital archives and want to take action, join us for Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content on November 10-11 at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Missouri. If you know of another person who should attend this event, please forward this message to them now.

Results of a recent RJI survey suggest most American media enterprises fail to adequately process their born-digital news content for long-term survival. The potential for the disappearance of news, obituaries, photographs and video represents an impending loss of cultural heritage for communities and the nation at large: a kind of Orwellian “memory hole” of our own unintentional making.

A broad range of stakeholders, especially journalists, is necessary to develop and implement a strategy to save news archives on a national basis. Your ideas and experience are critical to the success of this event. A special conference hotel rate is available until October 9, so register now.

The event is made possible by grants from The Mizzou Advantage and RJI.

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