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Newspapers in the Digital Age Michael E. Unsworth MSU Libraries [email protected] Current Tribulations: www.onthemedia.org/ OUTLINE Nature & Function Modes: Print Microfilm Digital Observations and Remarks Nature and Function of Newspapers WHAT IS A NEWSPAPER? AN EXISTENTIAL MATTER

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newspapers in the digital age
Newspapers in the Digital Age

Michael E. Unsworth

MSU Libraries

[email protected]

outline
OUTLINE
  • Nature & Function
  • Modes:
    • Print
    • Microfilm
    • Digital
  • Observations and Remarks
what is a newspaper an existential matter
WHAT IS A NEWSPAPER?AN EXISTENTIAL MATTER

15 USCS § 1802: "a publication produced on newsprint paper which is published in one or more issues weekly (including as one publication any daily newspaper and any Sunday newspaper published by the same owner in the same city, community, or metropolitan area), and in which a substantial portion of the content is devoted to the dissemination of news and editorial opinion.”

editions
EDITIONS

From 1990-2009, it had:

  • L.A. ed.
  • Orange County ed. (ceased)
  • Venture County ed.
  • Inland Empire ed.
  • San Diego County ed. (ceased)
  • National ed. (ceased)
constantly evolving
Constantly Evolving

Partial Genealogy. In 1956:

  • Examiner (Brooklyn, N.Y.) MERGED WITH American Hebrew (1935 ) TO BECOME
  • American examiner
  • Jewish week and the American examiner
  • New York Jewish week and the American examiner
  • New York Jewish Week
indexing
INDEXING
  • Keyword, e.g. Factiva (articles from hundreds of newspapers):trash or garbage or solid waste
  • Subject, e.g., National Newspaper Abstracts (of 3 major newspapers):waste materials
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Its eAP “database that holds all AP content and delivers news in all formats: text, audio, photos, video, etc. There is access to eAP from multiple channels. Eventually eAP will replace the current text archive. It currently contains more than 65 million documents.”
  • AVAILABLE ONLY TO THE AP ORGANIZATION ITS MEMBERSHIP, AND SUBSCRIBERS .
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ProQuest’s

Digital Microfilm™

Full Image

Complete newspaper issues in the original full-image context

Ownership

Digital access and the benefit of permanent holdings

Remote Access

Increase usage and return on microfilm investment

Save

Time, money, and resources

© 2009 ProQuest LLC

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“Huggins said that he sold Paper of Record to Google in 2006, but that the deal was secret until late last year, when Google exercised its right to have Huggins stop managing the site. At that point, Huggins expected a transition to having the material appear on Google, but the material just disappeared from public view. “
what s a scholar to do
WHAT’S A SCHOLAR TO DO?

CONSULT WITH YOUR LIBRARIANS

http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23

/news/newspgu.htm

summing up
SUMMING UP
  • Nature & Function of Newspapers
  • Modes:
    • Print
    • Microfilm
    • Digital
addresses
ADDRESSES
  • Digitization Help:

Elizabeth Bollinger

432-6123 x298

[email protected]

  • Newspaper Guide:

http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23

/news/newspgu.htm

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