May 23, 2022

Conference Paper: “Missing Links: The Digital News Preservation”

The following paper was presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly) Newspaper Section Satellite Meeting in Lyon, France, August 13-15, 2014.


Missing links: The digital news preservation discontinuity


Dorothy Carner
University of Missouri-Columbia

Edward McCain
Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri-Columbia

Frederick Zarndt
Global Connexions


International Federation of Library Associations/WLIC 2014
Newspaper Section Satellite Conference


That the spread of printed news has changed dramatically since the Internet and the Web is no news to anyone. The Christian Science Monitor, in print since 1908, ceased daily publication in 2009 to focus on web-based publishing (CSM still publishes a weekly print edition). One month before this, The Seattle Post Intelligencer stopped its print edition. More recently, Lloyd’s List, which claims to be the world’s oldest newspaper, announced that it would stop its print edition. These are but a few examples of news publishers that no longer print the news on paper.

While these newspapers stopped printing news, they did not stop publishing news. Instead they now concentrate on digital news.

Similarly and until only recently, the IFLA Newspapers Section has focused on cataloguing, collecting, and preservation of printed news. With few exceptions, Section members do not catalog, collect, and preserve digital news with the same diligence as they have in past given to newspapers.

In this paper we will review digital news publishing, both for traditional news publishers like the Christian Science Monitor and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and for digital only publishers like The Huffington Post, The Texas Tribune, NewsWhip, and others. We will especially look at the publishers’ digital preservation policies and practices.

Direct to Full Text Paper (32 pages; PDF)

See Also: Additional Papers/Presentations at IFLA’s Library Division, Newspaper Section Satellite Meeting

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