Access to an online TV news archive would be of tremendous value in research and teaching. Instructors in many different kinds of classes, from basic reporting to journalism history, could use TV broadcasts as case studies to illustrate issues in journalism and journalistic ethics. I get frequent requests from students and faculty who want copies of newscasts, but mostly they have to rely on what was written about a broadcast, or, if theyre lucky, a transcript.
- Paul Grabowicz, director of the New Media program, adjunct professor, and assistant dean, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Its currently difficult for a teacher to cite TV news in class or have students research TV news coverage of past events. A publicly accessible online archive of TV news could change that.
A television news archive would be invaluable for studying the evolution of the media, especially how television technology has shaped the way the media gather news. A television archive also makes it possible for students to research TV news coverage, just as students for years have used microfilm to find old newspaper articles. It is imperative that our teaching and research methods reflect the variety of media forms that affect our daily lives—and, clearly, television is one of the most predominant.
- Pamela Burdman, instructor, San Francisco City College, and former staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle