Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Internet Archive adds TV News

One issue that historians have with the Internet is that it's not permanent.  Online content can disappear as people shift interests or move to new jobs or institutions.  Embarrassing content can be revised without notice, or disappeared.  Enter the Internet Archive, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving as much of the Internet's content as it can and making that material available to everybody.  What started as a project to archive web pages has expanded its focus to include texts, images, audio and video files, software, and now TV news programs.
  Inspired by the Vanderbilt TV News archive, the Internet Archive of TV News seeks to collect and preserve a wide variety of television newscasts, and make them available to researchers and interested individuals.  The Archive currently goes back to 2009, and includes programs from more than 20 networks (broadcast and cable) and stations aired in Washington DC and San Francisco, CA.  The archive currently hosts more than 355,000 programs, and is working to add pre-2009 programs as well.

  While the Vanderbilt collection goes back to 1968 for some programs, its focus has been on major national evening news programs.  The Internet TV News archive only goes back 3 years (for now) but includes a much wider range of news programs - local news programs in the two markets, a wide variety of non-primetime news programs from the cable news channels, and news shows from cable and satellite networks that aren't full-time news channels - including Spanish language programs and faux news favorites the Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Sources -  Every Minute Of Every TV News Program, Online and SearchableTVNewser
Internet Archive home page -
Internet Archive TV News home page  -

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