I know you all think nothing is more exciting than microfilm, but what if I told you that Cook Library now has a new way to look at microfilm!
ProQuest, where we get our newspapers on microfilm, has begun offering microfilm for specific newspapers digitally. Basically, it’s the same as looking at microfilm, but instead, you can do it through the web, on and off-campus, instead of coming to the library and using a microform machine.
For those of you who can't live without the microfilm machines, don't worry - we will continue to get the microfilm at the end of the year.
The newspapers covered are: Barrons, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, all 2000 forward.
Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism has a new study out that examines what makes up "the news." They looked at all the outlets that produced local news in Baltimore from July 19-25, 2009 and then studied the movement of six major news narratives from that week. The results are dramatic:
80% of stories are just repackaged information published elsewhere
63% of news stories were initiated by government officials
95% of the stories that did contain new information came from newspapers
As we know, this is a tough time for newspapers so this study begs the question of who will fill the news hole if newspapers fold. It can't all be repackaged news, right?
Happy new year to all of you communication scholars out there! Looking back at 2009, one of the biggest stories was the Swine Flu and what contributed to or helped thwart its spread. The Boston Globe had a piece in December about how the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) used YouTube and Twitter to get the public information about the epidemic. The article notes the challenges of condensing complicated scientific information into 140 characters and discusses how the CDC "has become the predominant online choice for swine flu information." I think the CDC's use of new media to communicate about H1N1 will be a model for future public health communication campaigns.