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The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3Competition and Disruption, 1900-2017$
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Martin Conboy and Adrian Bingham

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424929

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424929.001.0001

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Digital News, Digitised News

Digital News, Digitised News

(p.211) Chapter Nine Digital News, Digitised News
The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3

Scott A. Eldridge II

Edinburgh University Press

The emergence of a robust internet in Europe from the mid-1990s marked a shift in the way we think and talk about print news, as newspapers and magazines experimented with different opportunities to publish content online. At the same time, these new technologies also changed the way we access news archives – a ‘digitizing’ turn that has seen vast print archives converted to datasets. This chapter explores these developments as parallel discussions of ‘digital’ and ‘digitized’ news. It first explores the Guardian’s transition online, including its missteps, as a key innovator in the newspaper-to-digital transition. Second, it explores the challenges faced by national research libraries, wrestling with vast amounts of digital news, while rapidly digitizing their analogue archives.

Keywords:   Digital Newspapers, Digital Archives, Guardian, Online News, Digital Journalism

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