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#DTMH2016: Saving Online News (RAD recap)

Dodging The Memory Hole is an action-oriented conference and event series that brings together journalists, technologists, and information specialists to strategize solutions for organizing and preserving born-digital news.


  1. NPR's Research, Archive & Data Strategy team sent Candice Kortkamp to the conference to participate and report back on things learned.
  2. Questions from NPR's RAD team: 1. How are organizations approaching the issue of saving digital news? 2. What are the costs/human resources associated with this undertaking? 3. How does a team lobby for this type of preservation at their organization? 4. Is there an experimental way to do this before committing? 5. Could we conduct a pilot program with minimal impact on our daily responsibilities? 6. How are news apps/blogs/social media content+ comments being archived?
  3. Did these questions get answered in 2 days? Don't we wish! #DTMH2016 was an opportunity to discuss what is being done and what still needs to be done in this field, and to connect with like-minded individuals who are pressing their organizations to support these initiatives.
  4. Topics of note:

  5. Born-digital news preservation in perspective: Clifford Lynch, Ph.D., executive director, Coalition for Networked Information
  6. Why save online news? Chris Freeland, Washington University; Matt Weber, Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Laura Wrubel, The George Washington University; moderator Ana Krahmer, Ph.D., University of North Texas
  7. Kiss your app goodbye: the fragility of data journalism: Meredith Broussard, New York University; Regina Lee Roberts, Stanford University; Ben Welsh, The Los Angeles Times; moderator Martin Klein, Ph.D., Los Alamos National Laboratory