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News Archiving in Peril

Posted on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 1:17 AM

In the news: According to a recent Columbia Journalism Review report, news outlets aren't doing enough to preserve their digital content.

Last week, the Columbia Journalism Review published its findings on the current state of news archiving. The report painted a rather bleak picture. "What we found was that the majority of news outlets had not given any thought to even basic strategies for preserving their digital content, and not one was properly saving a holistic record of what it produces," Sharon Ringel and Angela Woodall report. "Of the 21 news organizations in our study, 19 were not taking any protective steps at all to archive their web output. The remaining two lacked formal strategies to ensure that their current practices have the kind of longevity to outlast changes in technology."

The report also finds that none of participants are preserving their social media postings. This is problematic because, Ringel and Woodall say, "tech giants can simply flip the switch, causing all traces of platform-centric, strategic publishing agreements ... to vanish.... Historians, scholars, and researchers will lose evidence of how audiences once engaged with news organizations online."

Click here for the complete report.

Also Notable

2019 Moguls and Publishing Summit

Last week, Digiday hosted its annual Moguls and Publishing Summit in Colorado. According to Max Willens of Digiday.com, "The event was held under Chatham House Rule, which means discussions were held on the record, but without personal or company attribution." Topics of discussion included Apple News+, programmatic advertising, branded content, revenue opportunities, and others." Click here to read the anonymous publisher comments.

Marketing Automation Report from Folio:

Folio: has published a new report on marketing automation. It examines how automation is leading publishers to reexamine their marketing strategies. According to the report summary, "publishers are creating more efficient operations that can deliver synchronized messaging on multiple platforms in a virtual instant." To read the summary and download the full report, click here.

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