Today, NPR librarian Janel Kinlaw is speaking about this project at a conference called Emerging Trends in Digital Stewardship. The hashtag for the conference is #ndsr14 and you can see the full schedule here. Thank you to Lauren Work for inviting us.
Our most popular posts so far have been:
Interviews with late authors, interviews about tech, evergreen stories that still resonate with audience today, stories that make people think how different the world was 30 years ago, comparison pieces, anything we can update
Why we think it works:
1. People like nostalgia. People particularly like nostalgia when there’s context — and accurate context — added. This adds value. The NYTimes does Retro Reports. Nieman Storylab annotates archival stories. Look at BostonArchives. HistoricalPics is wildly successful — though some context would be helpful.
2. We hand curate with some context.
3. The archival audio is placed on a medium where people have to listen to audio — the audio is the focus of each post.
4. Each post can easily be summarized and shared on social.
Janel and Mel