Utilize your archives to help readers understand how history shaped your community

From Reynolds Journalism Institute

While an RJI Student Innovation Fellow has been working on a newsletter series that explores racial health disparities at the Carolina Panorama, archives have been a great resource. The archival content that she has used in the newsletter allows subscribers to see the context and scope of these disparities in their community. Many newsrooms have some form of archival content that they can utilize on their social platforms to engage their readers. This content ranges from photos to articles, and videos that are a part of what has shaped the history of the communities they serve.

Here are the organization’s top three tips for utilizing your archives: https://www.rjionline.org/stories/archives-bringing-curiosity-and-context-to-content

Kopana Terry

Also, if you want more access to your newspaper’s archives, contact Kopana Terry, curator of newspapers in the Special Collections Research Center at the University of Kentucky King Library. Her email is kopana.terry@uky.edu and telephone is 859-218-1423. She did a session at the 2020 KPA Winter Convention on digital preservation of newspapers. She’s interested in working with all Kentucky newspapers on preserving their editions digitally.

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