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Ellen Hume on the Future of Journalism

From the Christian Science Monitor's Centennial Conversation. The full playlist, including more clips of Ellen Hume, Mark Jurkowitz, Doug Smith, and Sree Sreenivasan is available here:

Public archives and Flickr: Interview with Michelle Springer of the Library of Congress

Half dozen major government libraries, including the New York Public Library, the Dutch Nationaal Archief, and the State Library of New South Wales, all have something in common: they each have uploaded thousands of their archives' photographs and associated metadata to the photo-sharing website Flickr for (nearly) unrestricted sharing, commenting, and collective tagging.

But the groundwork for these enterprises was laid by colleagues of Michelle Springer, Project Manager for Digital Initiatives at the U.S. Library of Congress.

Since January 2008, Springer has been shepherding a pilot program, uploading chosen collections to the Library of Congress' Flickr site, including "The 1930s-40s in Color" and "News in the 1910s". As her report on the pilot describes (, the results were impressive:

Martha Spanninger on "What is civic media?"

Martha Spanninger, New York, NYSenior Producer, NOW on PBS