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RIP Village Voice: An Archival Cautionary Tale? Peter Schjeldhal is a former contributing writer at the Village Voice, which permanently shuttered last week as an online journal almost a year after discontinuing its print edition. Schjeldhal’s anecdotal recollection of visiting the paper’s archives three years ago

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What Happens When Discarded Archives Go Public

Some of the most poignant photographs in American history come from FSA photographers like Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange who traveled through depression-era country-side and documented the struggles of traveling farmers. Many of the photographs that were popular then are

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Organizing Data for Accountability: The Washington Post Tracks Fatal Police Shootings in the U.S.

Beginning in 2015, the Washington Post has been compiling a database of fatal police shootings in the United States. According to their methodology, they have been combing through “local news reports, law enforcement websites and social media,” as well as

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What the news media can learn from librarians

WE CAN ALL AGREE IT’S BEEN A ROUGH SEASON for the news media. Hostile political crowds, accusations of slander, and struggles with what Guardian editor Katharine Viner has called the “waning power of evidence” and “diminishing status of truth.” Today

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by Hugh McLeod

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