First up, thanks to Eira Tansey, whose Tweet prompted me to finally get back here and have a rant.
Archivists we need to be very clear that our best professional allies in the days ahead are journalists & scientists https://t.co/VnMnYSY1Y2
— Flyover Easy (@eiratansey) January 26, 2017
Yes! The (increasing) symbiosis of the work of recordkeepers and journalists, in particular, has been a preoccupation of mine for some time. Both the archival/recordkeeping and journalistic professions are going through fundamental change and risk extinction in the future without significant and rapid evolution. Both are losing their grip on forms of control that once gave them a monopoly; online, anyone can disseminate a story or construct an ‘archive’. Both are operating in the midst of the political forces come into play around information access, and both are struggling to find ways to continue to fulfil their missions as a result. Questions of trust, power, authenticity and connectedness are central to understanding and responding to these changes, for both professions. At the same time, the availability of authoritative evidence of what governments and others do – records – is more crucial than ever, both for journalists who want to want genuinely to offer a counter to so called ‘fake news’, and to society at large. Continue reading