About the Contributors

These are the people behind the Journalism Digital News Archive Sustainability Preservation Pilot Project.

Edward McCain

Edward McCain

Principle Investigator, JDNA Sustainability Preservation Pilot Project

Part librarian, part journalist, Edward McCain is all about preserving born-digital news. As digital curator of journalism, McCain founded the "Dodging the Memory Hole" strategic change agenda to address issues surrounding access and preservation of born-digital news collections; saving the "first rough draft of history" as created on a computer or captured on a digital sensor. He works with faculty and staff at the Missouri School of Journalism and MU Library, building a framework of linked programs and functions designed to support and enhance digital news archives.

In his unique capacity at RJI, McCain works with decision-makers in the news industry and thought-leaders in information science to strengthen and broaden the network of stakeholders working toward preserving digital news archives. RJI's close connections with journalistic enterprises allows McCain to gain critical insight into their needs, technological configurations and functionality requirements in order to determine how to best preserve journalism's most valuable digital information.

In recognition of the importance of this work, the Knight Foundation awarded McCain a Knight Library Initiative Prototype Grant in 2015. His research efforts with the Columbia Missourian newspaper, KBIA-FM radio and KOMU-TV of Columbia, Mo. function as a test bed for developing new technologies and methodologies to benefit digital news archives on a broader scale. He is also working with Pictures of the Year (POYi) and the Missouri Photojournalism Archive to preserve their photo collections.

Neely Current

Neely Current

Manager, Information Experience Lab, University of Missouri

Neely Current is the Manager at the Information Experience Lab, a user experience laboratory at the University of Missouri. Neeley has over ten years of experience evaluating websites and software for clients in the education, healthcare, corporate and non-profit sectors. Her background in cultural anthropology, the arts, and library science intersect in the domain of human centered design. Neeley earned her Masters degree from the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri. She is also a certified Project Manager (PMP).

Kenneth Haggerty

Kenneth Haggerty

Ph.D. Candidate, Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri

Kenneth Haggerty is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Haggerty has an M.L.I.S. from the University of Alabama. His research interests include copyright, film archives and documentary film. Additionally, he is a research assistant at the Information Experience Laboratory, a usability lab located at the University of Missouri. For the Knight-JDNA project, Kenneth helped analyze the stakeholder mapping and survey data. He also conducted interviews and assisted with the development of personas.

Grace Choi

Grace Choi

Doctoral Student, Department of Communication, University of Missouri

Grace Choi (MA, DePaul) is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri. Her research interests are digital literacy, digital media production, social media, and creativity. She worked as a research assistant in the project to conduct a content analysis on newspaper content.

Mary Sorenson

Mary Sorenson

Doctoral Student, Department of Communication, University of Missouri

Mary Sorenson is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri. Her research is primarily focused on strategic crisis communication and political entertainment in a new media environment. Mary was a research assistant for the Knight Foundation/Reynolds Journalism Institute and conducted a content analysis as part of the Digital News Archive project.

Blake Anderson

Blake Anderson

Data Analyst, Expressive Analytics, LLC

Blake Anderson received his Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia. As a long-time freelancer, entrepreneur and trained researcher, Blake specializes in advanced software architecture and large-scale data systems. During this project, Blake provided software and database infrastructure to contact and collect articles from newspapers, analyze article metadata and tags from the Associated Press and Open Calais, and visualize results. Blake currently owns and operates Expressive Analytics, LLC out of Columbia, Missouri.

Elizabeth (Lissa) Behm-Morawitz

Elizabeth (Lissa) Behm-Morawitz

Associate Chair, Department of Communication, University of Missouri

Elizabeth (Lissa) Behm-Morawitz (Ph.D.) is Associate Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. Dr. Behm-Morawitz also holds a Courtesy Appointment in Journalism, is a Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, and serves as a Faculty eMentor for Educational Technologies at Missouri. Dr. Behm-Morawitz conducts research on media representations and media effects in traditional and digital contexts. Her work has been supported by the University of Missouri Research Board and Research Council funds and published in journals such as Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Journal of Media Psychology, Computers in Human Behavior, Games for Health, and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. She teaches courses in media effects, new technologies, persuasion, and research methods.