Tucson Sentinel: Did a quarter-million Tucson Citizen newspaper stories go up in digital smoke?. “The bare-bones remnants of the Tucson Citizen’s online archive vanished from public view weeks ago, and corporate staff have given conflicting accounts about whether hundreds of thousands of news stories will ever be accessible again. More than 200,000 reports, mostly local news and sports stories dating from 1993 until the Citizen laid off nearly its entire staff and ceased printing in 2009, had been included in a basic WordPress website set up by the Citizen’s corporate owners in 2014. That website disappeared from the Internet sometime before January 17.”
Times Union: Grondahl: Russian hackers no match for digital archivist. “When a ransomware cryptovirus that originated in Russia struck the Fulton History newspaper website Sept. 7 in Oswego County, it caused one of the world’s most extensive newspaper digitization projects, more than 44 million pages worth, to crash. In an instant, Tom Tryniski’s astonishing accomplishment — homegrown and hand-built across 20 years of relentless toil and an investment of tens of thousands of dollars – seemed to have been obliterated by rogue hackers.” I have so much admiration for this man.
Abundant Genealogy: Newspaper Clippings – Using Reverse Search to Cite Sources and Save Your Sanity. “A well-meaning relative sends you a packet of newspaper clippings about your ancestors. Or you receive several obituaries pasted to 3×5 inch index cards. Or you are given a scrapbook created in the 1920s or 1930s with a variety of news articles clipped from newspapers and magazines. Of course, when clipped there is no date, no newspaper masthead or header with the name, volume number, page number etc. Your relative (or someone) may have handwritten the date or other information along the margins, but rarely do they include everything you need as a researcher. So how do you track down the original source and cite it properly?” nicely done!