Website Saves Today's Headlines for the Future
2019-01-24 22:51

If researchers want to know what happened on a particular day, they often look at newspapers published on that day.


But what would happen if newspapers were to stop publishing? Future researchers would likely turn to the Web.


The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine at has for years saved, or archived, websites from the past.

多年来,互联网档案馆网站Archive.org上的时光机(Wayback Machine)存档了过去的网站。

But it only does this once a day for news websites, and even less often for other websites.


Twenty-nine-year-old reporter Ben Welsh decided to create a site similar to

29岁的记者本·威尔士(Ben Welsh)决定创建一个类似Archive.org的网站。

But he wanted to archive only news websites. And, he wanted to save their homepages more often.


Mr. Welsh works for the Los Angeles Times newspaper in California. In May he created


The website saves the homepages of seventy news websites from around the world once an hour.


Mr. Welsh says this schedule of what he calls "harvesting" is important in today's quickly-changing news environment.


BEN WELSH: "Because over the course of a day, the narrative arc of a news story can develop quite a bit."

威尔士:“因为在一天之中,新闻报道的叙事弧(narrative arc)会发展不少。”

Mr. Welsh says nothing like had ever been done. He says no one had saved the homepages of so many news websites so often, and made that material available to the public.


He hopes to keep adding to the site until it is archiving material from up to three hundred news websites around the world.


Ben Welsh spends about sixty dollars a month on storage space for


He feared the cost would increase beyond what he could afford, so he asked people for help through the website Kickstarter.


Thousands of Americans use the website to seek money to pay for their projects.


Two days after Ben Welsh made his request, had received promises for half of the five thousand dollars that he had asked for. Within about a week, he had gotten all of it and more. Mr. Welsh says he will use the money to expand his website.


BEN WELSH: "Then my hope is, is on top of that to build some features specifically targeted to media researchers and media critics so that they'll be able to more-easily access data like this to do an analysis of media coverage."


Stephanie Bluestein was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times. She is now an assistant professor of journalism at California State University, Northridge. She believes will prove to be a valuable resource.

斯蒂芬妮·布鲁斯顿(Stephanie Bluestein)曾是《洛杉矶时报》的一名记者,她现在是加州大学北岭分校新闻系的助理教授。她认为PastPages.org将被证明是一种宝贵的资源。

STEPHANIE BLUESTEIN: "Until now we haven't had any archives that's been to this frequency.


So now you could go back and look hour by hour and see the placement of what was the lead story, how the headline changed and how one newspaper played a story versus another one. Now you can actually compare.


Professor Bluestein says today's news changes so quickly that even archiving once an hour may soon not be enough.


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