If a newspaper goes out of business, what happens to its archives? If a newspaper becomes available only online, what happens to yesterday's (or last year's) news? Why should we care? As the erosion of the traditional media economy and its concomitant decline in readership and revenues transforms one of the pillars of democratic life, a host of challenges emerge. In the past three years alone, more than 160 U.S. newspapers have stopped publishing a print edition or have quit business entirely. These issues will shape the agenda for The Newspaper Archive Summit: Rescuing orphaned and digital content on April 10-12, 2011. We will bring together scholars, journalists, newspaper publishers, librarians, digital archivists, and digital newspaper vendors to discuss the state of newspaper archives and the feasibility and logistics of creating and managing light and dark archives of orphaned and born digital newspapers.

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