Dodging the Memory Hole II: An Action Assembly
Charlotte, NC 
May 11-12, 2015

What will tomorrow bring for yesterday's news?

For centuries, this "rough first draft of history" has been saved and preserved by archives and libraries around the world.

But over the last four decades, news has transitioned from printed paper to digital files, and studies show that these files are in great danger.

Join stakeholders from all angles of this problem—news publishers and press associations, technologists and researchers, libraries and archives, corporations and funding agencies. Together, we will lay a crucial foundation for resolving this information crisis.

What you can expect at Dodging the Memory Hole II:

  • Abundant opportunities to network with journalists, publishers, technologists, vendors, press association directors, librarians, archivists, historians, genealogists, and others that share a stake in the news;
  • Celebration and evaluation of the accomplishments of the seven Action Teams that were launched at the November Forum (they have been quite busy during this six-month interval!);
  • Inspirational speakers who will engage in conversations with each other and with the audience members about emerging practices and needs;
  • Lots of action--including several sets of concurrent "Take Action" sessions where we will collectively accomplish real work on site;
  • A concentrated, cross-sector environment in which we will focus on specific, solvable problems in preserving digital news;
  • The development of approaches to possible partnerships between businesses and public institutions that can work for both private enterprise and the public good;
  • The formation of a second wave of work groups that we will launch at the end of the Action Assembly.
Hosted by the Educopia Institute, the Dodging the Memory Hole II event in May 2015 builds directly upon the foundation of an earlier event - Dodging the Memory Hole 2014 - hosted at the Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Missouri.

Keynote Speaker
Brian Hocker, NBC Universal

Panelists Include
Ben Welsh, Los Angeles Times
Eric Weig, University of Kentucky Libraries
Herbert Van de Sompel, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Ryan Thornburg, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
David Thompson, Kentucky Press Association
Cal Shepard, State Librarian of North Carolina
Leigh Montgomery, Christian Science Monitor
Lisa Macklin, Emory University
Edward McCain, Reynolds Journalism Institute and University of Missouri Libraries
Jim Kroll, Denver Public Library
Martin Halbert, University of North Texas Libraries

We greatly appreciate the National Endowment for the Humanities' generous funding support for this event. 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me or Matt Schultz at Educopia ([log in to unmask]).



Edward McCain | Digital Curator of Journalism
Donald W. Reynolds Institute
218 RJI, Missouri School of Journalism
Columbia, MO 65211
573.882.8049 | m 573-818-5970