Edward McCain at the first DTMH in 2014Join us at "Dodging the Memory Hole 2016: Saving Online News," where we will explore solutions to the most urgent threat to cultural memory today - the loss of online news content. Journalistic content published on websites and through social media channels, is fragile and easily lost in a tsunami of digital content. Join other professional journalists, librarians, archivists, technologists and entrepreneurs in addressing the urgent need to save the first rough draft of history in digital form.

The two-day forum — hosted by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Journalism Digital News Archive (JDNA)UCLA Library and the Educopia Institute — will feature thought leaders, stakeholders and digital preservation practitioners who are passionate about preserving born-digital news. Sessions will update attendees about existing initiatives, examine critical issues and create a national agenda for protecting online journalism.

About the Dodging the Memory Hole series

This is the fourth event in the DTMH conference series focusing on preserving born-digital news content. Its name, Dodging the Memory Hole, comes from George Orwell’s “1984,” in which photographs and documents conflicting with “Big Brother’s” narrative were tossed into a “memory hole” and destroyed. Today’s memory hole is largely the unintentional result of technological systems not designed to keep information for the long term. The previous three events were held at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library in Charlotte, North Carolina and the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

For more information about the Journalism Digital News Archive and how you can help save the “first rough draft of history,” like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, follow us on LinkedIn or sign up for our Dodging the Memory Hole newsletter 

Want to learn more? Attend a free webinar.

Do you want to learn more about the topic before you register? Have you already registered and want to prepare for attending the event? Sign up now for an informative DTMH 2016 webinar. Visit the webinar page for more information.

Register for one of the following webinar dates:

2 to 3 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Aug. 17.
2 to 3 p.m. CDT Friday, Sept. 16.

Scholarship opportunities for graduate students

Travel scholarships are available for select graduate students to attend the forum at the UCLA Library on Oct. 13 and 14. The travel scholarship committee is especially interested in working with students from underrepresented and underserved communities. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31. Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on availability of funding and a one-page letter of interest.

For complete details on the scholarship benefits, eligibility and application process, visit the scholarship page.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, award RE-33-16-0107-16.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

Check back as we add more speakers to the lineup.


Peter Arnett, Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent

Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent Peter Arnett spent a lifetime covering wars and international crises for major American news organizations, from Vietnam to 2003's Gulf War II and the long bloody aftermath. 

Arnett is best known for his live television reporting from Baghdad during the first Gulf War in 1991. His coverage is credited with making CNN a household name. Millions of viewers tuned in around the world to watch his dramatic live TV accounts of the intense bombing campaign and his interview with President Saddam Hussein. Arnett won a television Emmy for that assignment.

Thirty years earlier as a young news correspondent, Arnett began covering the Vietnam War for The Associated Press. That assignment would last 13 years, from the buildup of U.S. military advisers in the early 1960s to the fall of Saigon in 1975. 

Arnett wrote more than 2,000 news stories from Vietnam for the AP, mainly eyewitness accounts of major battles between American forces and the North Vietnamese army. The late writer-historian David Halberstam described Arnett as "the best reporter of the whole Vietnam War" in his book “The Best and the Brightest.” Arnett received the Pulitzer Prize and many other awards for his Vietnam coverage. 

The 81-year-old Arnett was born in New Zealand and began his career at The Southland Times newspaper in Invercargill. Arnett joined the fledgling CNN in 1981 after a 20-year career with the AP. He changed from print to TV, he says, because he felt television news was taking over from traditional print coverage as the primary means of news delivery. During the next 18 years Arnett and his CNN TV crews covered wars and civil disturbances in scores of countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

As the fear of terrorism grew in the 1990s Arnett kept returning to Afghanistan. He was the first western journalist to have a TV interview with the arch-terrorist Osama Bin Laden, taking place in a shepherd’s hut in the al-Qaida stronghold of the Tora Bora mountains.   

Arnett earlier had written his autobiography "Live from the Battlefield" published by Simon & Schuster in 1994. It received much critical praise and was named a "Book of the Year" by The New York Times.  Lee Winfrey wrote in the Philadelphia Inquirer, "Peter Arnett is one of the greatest war correspondents of all time. He has now written one of the best autobiographies ever wrought by anyone in his dangerous trade."

Arnett joined China’s Shantou University Cheung Kong School of Journalism as a professor in 2007, and remained in that post for seven years, lecturing also at major Chinese and Asian universities. He has been named an emeritus professor of communications at Shantou.

In the Queen’s honors of 2006, Arnett was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to journalism. He is a dual citizen of the United States and New Zealand. His home is in Fountain Valley, California.

Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information

Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information since 1997.  CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the intelligent use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual life. CNI’s wide-ranging agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as director of library automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at University of California, Berkeley School of Information.  

He is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information Science, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. In 2011 he was appointed co-chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information, where he serves on numerous advisory boards and visiting committees. His work has been recognized by the American Library Association’s Lippincott Award, the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in Public Policy and Practice, and the American Society for Engineering Education’s Homer Bernhardt Award.

Matthew Weber, Rutgers NetSCI Network Science

Matthew Weber is an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, and co-director of the Rutgers NetSCI Network Science research lab. Weber’s research examines organizational change and adaptation, both internal and external, in response to new information communication technology. His recent work focuses on the transformation of the news media industry in the United States in reaction to new forms of media production. This includes a large-scale longitudinal study examining strategies employed by media organizations for disseminating news and information in online networks. He is also leading an initiative to provide researchers with access to the Internet Archive in order to study digital traces of organizational networks. Weber utilizes mixed methods in his work including social network analysis, archival research and interviews. Weber received a Ph.D. in 2010 from the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California.


UCLA's Charles E. Young Research Library is located at 280 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90095.


Rooms are available in the conference block starting at $199 at The Guest House for the nights of October 12 and 13, and limited availability October 14. To book your stay, call The Guest House at 310-825-2923 and identify yourself as part of the Reynolds Journalism Institute group. The reservation deadline is September 11 or until the block is full.


From Los Angeles International Airport:

The closest major airport to UCLA is the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Driving time from the airport varies depending on the day of the week and time of day you are traveling. During non-rush hour traffic times, plan on about a 45-minute drive between the campus and LAX; during rush hour traffic, plan on an hour or more.

From LAX, take the 405 Freeway north to Sunset Blvd. and follow the directions below to the UCLA Guest House:

  1. From the 405 Freeway, exit Sunset Blvd. and travel east on Sunset 2.5 miles.
  2. Turn right onto Hilgard Avenue. Drive south on Hilgard 0.25 miles.
  3. Turn right on Wyton Avenue and proceed to the stop sign.
  4. Turn right onto Charles E. Young Drive East.
  5. The UCLA Guest House is the three-story building located immediately on the right side of the street. There is a 10-minute loading zone in front of the Guest House.

Parking and Shuttle Information

On-Site Guest House Parking:

There is limited first-come, first-serve parking available at the Guest House at the daily campus rate.

Campus Parking:

Additional guest and visitor parking is available in campus Parking Structure 3, one block from the Guest House and at the same daily campus rate (tickets may be purchased at the Front Desk).

Complimentary Campus Express Shuttle (BruinBus):

There is a campus shuttle stop one block from the Guest House. The shuttle operates on weekdays and offers free transportation throughout the campus. Stops include the UCLA Medical Center, the UCLA Wilshire Center and Westwood Village — the small community just south of campus with many shops, restaurants and movie theaters.

Complimentary Evening Van Service:

The Evening Van Service provides a safe way to get around campus during evening hours. Vans operate Monday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. There are five designated areas where vans pick up passengers every 15-20 minutes, and there are a number of designated drop-off locations throughout the campus and the surrounding residential area. You may also call (310) 825-1493 to request a pick-up.

FlyAway Shuttle between UCLA and LAX:

Westwood FlyAway offers hourly direct service between LAX and Westwood and short/long-term parking options in partnership with UCLA. $10 one-way Visa, MasterCard, or American Express Debit or Credit Cards Only (No Cash Accepted)

Stop Locations:

  • Westwood
    • On Kinross Avenue, two blocks north of Wilshire Boulevard, between Gayley and Veteran Avenues at UCLA Parking Structure 32 (map)
    • It’s still about 1.5 miles from the Westwood Flyaway Stop to the Guest House. Anyone planning to use it to or from the airport can take the BruinBus (there is a BruinBus stop directly across from the Flyaway) to/from the stop or use Uber.
  • LAX
    • All FlyAway buses drop off passengers on the Upper/Departures Level at each terminal. Passengers board buses on the Lower/Arrivals Level curbside in front of each terminal under the green "FlyAway, Buses and Long Distance Vans" sign

Getting to the Conference from the Hotel

  1. Walk north on Charles E. Young Dr. for 0.1 miles.

  2. Turn left and walk through the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden.

  3. The UCLA's Charles E. Young Research Library is located is located at the western edge of the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden.

About the Area


There is no cost to register for this event, but registration is required. The registration deadline is September 29.

What does registration include?

  • Admission to the event
  • Two breakfasts
  • Two lunches
  • One reception

How to register 

Select the applicable ticket type below and then the "Register" button at the bottom of the ticket window. You can also visit the Eventbrite page to register. The registration deadline is September 29.

How to view your registration information after you register

After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with your registration information. You can also also visit Eventbrite and log in using the same email address you used to register. 




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