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9/11 TV NEWS ARCHIVE: LEARNING FROM RECORDED MEMORY




Time:
Wednesday, August 24, 4-6 pm; reception follows

Place: 721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Michelson Theater

The Internet Archive and NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program cordially invite scholars, journalists and students to a mini-conference to introduce the 9/11 TV News Archive.

Television news coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath not only documented one of the most important events in mass memory, but structured its public perception. "Learning From Recorded Memory," a mini-conference, highlights work by scholars using these materials to help us understand how TV news presented the 9/11 events and the international response. The conference will feature a demonstration of Internet Archive's newly relaunched 9/11 TV News Archive, plus short presentations, followed by a reception.

Confirmed speakers (list in progress) include Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt Television News Archive; Carolyn Brown, American University; Deborah Jamarillo, Boston University; Brewster Kahle, Internet Archive; Mark J. Williams, Dartmouth College; and others to be announced.

Our collective recollection of 9/11 and the days that followed is inseparable from the TV news coverage we have all seen. But while television news is inarguably the most vivid and pervasive information medium of our time, it has not been a medium of record. As the number of news outlets increases, research and scholarly access to the thousands of hours of TV news aired each day grows increasingly difficult. Scholars face great challenges in identifying, locating and adequately citing television news broadcasts in their research.

The 9/11 Television News Archive contains national and international news coverage of 9/11 and its aftermath, and is designed to assist scholars and journalists researching relationships between news events and coverage, engaging in comparative and longitudinal studies, and investigating "who said what when."

What kinds of research and scholarship will be enabled by access to an online database of TV news broadcasts? How will emerging TV news studies make use of this service? This conference, co-presented by Internet Archive and NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, will offer contemporary insights and predictions on new directions in television news studies.

We ask all interested in attending to RSVP to rsvp@archive.org. For those interested in the possibility of presenting, we invite brief (10 min.) papers on these topics from scholars, researchers and journalists interested in contemporary and recent TV news, including those who wish to share published research and discuss their research experiences. Talks pertaining to news coverage of 9/11 and its aftermath are especially welcome. Proposals may be sent to Rick Prelinger at rick@archive.org or Howard Besser at howard@nyu.edu.