NEH-funded NC newspaper survey: please participate!

Posting Date: 
24 March 2015

What happens to yesterday's "digital-first" news articles, videos, and social media content? Where do those news files go after they are published—and will they still exist in a year? Five years? 100?

In other words—is your legacy stable or is it at risk of loss?

We can't answer that question without your help.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-funded "Dodging the Memory Hole" team has prepared a brief survey to collect information about NC newspapers' current digital news practices.

Take the Survey

You are welcome to fill out the survey yourself or to ask anyone in your organization to do so. We will use the survey results to establish a solid baseline of practice today in NC and to propose future projects that address any gaps or problems we may identify.

We will report out on our initial findings at an upcoming NC-based gathering of journalists, librarians, scholars, technologists, publishers, vendors, and other interested stakeholders on May 11-12, 2015, in Charlotte, NC: Dodging the Memory Hole—an event we hope you will consider attending as well.

Your participation is voluntary. All the information that you will provide will be kept completely anonymous in all research results, so that you (and your paper) cannot be identified. The research results will focus only on aggregated findings.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Katherine Skinner at (404) 783-2534 or


The Chronicles II effort brings representatives from critical stakeholder communities (newspaper publishers, press associations, journalism schools, and memory organizations) into structured conversation and debate to foster better understandings of each group’s perspectives, goals, and barriers to collaborative work for the purpose of preserving born-digital newspaper content.

Educopia Institute

The Educopia Institute’s mission is to build networks and collaborative communities to help cultural, scientific, and scholarly institutions achieve greater impact. Since its founding in 2006, Educopia has fostered and hosted communities such as the MetaArchive Cooperative (link is external), the Library Publishing Coalition (link is external), and the BitCurator Consortium. Educopia also pursues research in the areas of digital preservation, scholarly communication, and continuing education. Recent notable projects include the Nexus project on leadership education and the ETDplus project on curating complex thesis and dissertation data.