The News Division at SLA 2015

Saturday, June 13

News Division Board Meeting
News Division officers and appointed chairs report. All division members invited to attend.

Social Media: News Division Networking Event
News Division members and friends get together for a no-host dinner / pub crawl to start kick off the 2015 conference.
Meet at M.J. O’Connors bar at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel (the conference HQ at 425 Summer Street · Boston, Massachusetts, 02210) for a drink around 7:30.

Sunday, June 14

CANCELED – Saving the News: Collaborative Approaches to Digital Preservation (Presented By: news division)
The Digital Revolution shift from analog to digital communication has compounded the challenge of curating and preserving news content for future generations. How can content creators and curators work to prepare legacy archives and born-digital news — in myriad formats — for preservation? How can organizations make news preservation a priority? This session will bring together content creators and stewards. Participants can learn about the latest developments in the field discuss approaches to help bridge the gap between the short-term goals of news producers and the long-term needs of digital preservation.
Convention Center, Room 203

News Division Dinner
Details to be determined.

Tuesday, June 16

My Best Idea Yet
This structured discussion will be dedicated to library success stories. An opportunity to share great ideas that you have used to: generate new revenue; improve client services; preserve and repurpose archival content; introduce new apps or tools; add context or hard data to published content; or save the day. Participants should be prepared to share at least one “best idea” and will take away smart, practical tips to share with their colleagues back home.
Convention Center, Room 255

Breaking the News
Journalists talk about trending media issues, from covering breaking news stories in real time to building online traffic and readership across multiple platforms through social media.
Convention Center, Room 204B

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In Memoriam: Barbara Semonche

We received the sad news today that Barbara Semonche passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. There will be a Remembrance Celebration on June 13th at the family’s home. We have lost a great champion of news libraries, mentor and friend. Her work and dedication to the News Division will long be remembered. She not only devoted countless hours and energy to the News Division but also to other SLA chapters and divisions as well as many students at UNC-Chapel Hill. Many colleagues are sharing warm memories of her on the NewsLib mailing list. Our condolences to the family.


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News division highlights from Vancouver SLA Conference 2014

News division highlights from Vancouver:

Sunday, 8 June  8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. , Vancouver Sun tour
The News Division members and friends toured of The Vancouver Sun/The Province at 200 Granville Street (a five minute walk from the convention center) followed by a visit to a nearby pub on the waterfront.

Monday Morning, June 9 • 8:00am – 9:30am
The news division co-sponsored the SPOTLIGHT SESSION – A.D. (After Digitization): Managing and Marketing your Digital Content with the Archival and Preservation Caucus and Museums Arts & Humanities Division
Heather M. Gordon, City Archivist, City of Vancouver Archives and our own  Kate Bird, News/Graphics Research Librarian at The Vancouver Sun and Province spoke to an audience of roughly 200 people. Heather told about methods of preserving and sharing the city’s history by creating Google- and social media-friendly website and digital policy. Kate described working with the newspaper’s photographic archives including a digital photograph archive of over 1.5 million images and her collaboration with Sun reporter Shelley Fralic on the book “Making Headlines: 100 Years of The Vancouver Sun,” which was a B.C. bestseller, and went on to win the 2013 BC Book Prizes Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

News Division awards reception,  Monday June 9, 2014 7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Boathouse Restaurant – English Bay (1795 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC)
A small, but devoted group of members gathered at the lovely Boathouse Restaurant to watch the sunset and help the News Division honor Kee Malesky, author and former NPR librarian, Carol Campbell, former Library Director at The Daily Oklahoman, now retired; Cliff Pierce, Director of Global Content Alliances for ProQuest Information and Learning; and Amy Disch, former Library Director for the Columbus Dispatch currently working for Meriter Foundation, in Madison, Wisconsin.  Video tributes are coming.

Also of note:
Nora Martin presented her paper on ‘Information Verification in the Age of Digital Journalism’ during the Contributed Papers – Sunday session, Sunday June 8 • 1.30pm3:00pm: Conference Centre West, Rooms 208-209.

Jane Dysart spoke on the Big Data & Job Opportunities Panel Monday, June 9 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Job Posting: News Researcher (The Wall Street Journal)

The Wall Street Journal is seeking an experienced research professional based in New York City.  We’re looking for a news hound who wants to be an integral part of big, competitive stories. This person will work in partnership with reporters and editors, enhancing the quality of the news gathering process through the use of online databases such as Accurint, TLO, Nexis, Factiva, PACER, and Courtlink. The ideal candidate also will have some familiarity with accessing public and private databases.  Qualified individuals must be able to handle multiple and varied research assignments. They should have a nose for retrieving and analyzing information, be able to meet tight deadlines, and work well in a team atmosphere. Attention to detail a must. A strong knowledge of current events is key. A master’s degree in library or information science or the equivalent experience in a news library is highly recommended. Some weekend and evening work is required. This person will answer to Jennifer Forsyth, US Editor, but will research for all sections of the Journal. Please contact Ms. Forsyth at if interested

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News Library and Archive Internship: CNN DC bureau

CNN’s DC bureau library and archive is hiring an intern for the Fall 2013 semester. Check out the internship details here:

Applicants must be enrolled students.  Submit an application through the Web site above. Also, email cover letters and resumes to

The deadline to apply is August 9, with interviews to follow.

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Early Bird registration ends this Friday, April 19 for the SLA 2013 Annual Conference in San Diego June 9-11.

Come network with colleagues, learn about the newest industry trends and find out how news research and archive centers just like yours are surviving and even thriving in 2013.

Merrie posted about this link from the Business & Finance Division and the Baseball caucus. It has information about transportation, food and things to do in San Diego. It includes a downtown map.


Sunday, June 9

Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, the News Division is co-hosting two programs at the same time on Sunday.  We all have tough choices to make!

11:45am               Google and Beyond! Gathering Competitive Intelligence
Speaker: Sean Campbell, Co-owner, Cascade Insights
Moderator: Michel Bernaiche, Director – Program Development, Aurora WDC
(Convention Center, Room 14A)

11:45am               SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Position your Career and your Library for The Next Information Boom
Speaker: Jack Plunkett, CEO, Plunkett Research, Ltd
Moderator: Karen MacDonald, Business Librarian, Kent State University Libraries
(Convention Center, Room 6AB)

  • A fast-paced and authoritative look at the changes, technologies and trends that will shape the near future, this presentation is based on Jack Plunkett’s book, “The Next Boom: What you absolutely, positively have to know about the world between now and 2025.” The book won a Gold Medal in the Business Book Awards competition sponsored by Axiom and INC Magazine. This presentation is appropriate for librarians in academia, business, law, science and government agencies.
    Presented By Business & Finance Division, News Division

Monday, June 10

8:30am News Division Annual Business Meeting
Moderator: Debra Bade, Chair, SLA News Division 2013
Location:  Embassy Suites Hotel downtown ( 601 Pacific Highway ). We will meet in the veranda area in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel.

 10:00am               SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Organizing Knowledge
Speaker: Patrick Lambe, Principal Consultant, Straits Knowledge
Moderator: Janice Keeler, Manager, Knowledge Management, NERA Economic Consulting
(Convention Center, Room 6A)

12:00pm               Storytelling across Multiple Platforms
Panelists include Talitha Baker from Invisible Children and InsideClimate News Executive Editor Susan White, whose team just won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and who has edited three Pulitzer-winning packages in the past few years.
Speakers: Talitha Baker, Tour Booking Manager, Invisible Children
Tom Mallory, Homepage Editor, U-T San Diego
Susan White, Inside Climate News
(Convention Center, Room 8)

  • Today’s consumers are using new technologies and platforms to find information they are seeking. Companies and nonprofits must use their content to tell compelling stories through these new media. Panelists from Invisible Children, a social action nonprofit that leapt into the national spotlight with the Kony 2012 campaign, and two evolving media organizations will present examples of, and ideas for, good storytelling on websites, through social media and through video, and will help attendees understand the impact of mobile technology.
    Presented By DSOC Nonprofit Sector Section, News Division

 6:30pm                 UT San Diego Tour and Reception
Location: San Diego Union-Tribune building 350 Camino de la Reina, San Diego
Note: Please enter at the front of the U-T building, behind the flagpoles, and await an escort to the Headliners Club.

  • The Union-Tribune Building is about 15 minutes away by car/taxi and within 10 minutes walking distance of the Green Line Trolley.
    To reach the Union-Tribune building by trolley, take the Green Line (Santee) from the Convention Center Station.
    Get off the stop at Fashion Valley Transit Center. The Fashion Valley  stop is about a 7-10 minute walk from the U-T. Head east under the trolley line along the river, turn right at the first street Avenida del Rio, make a second right at the stoplight onto  Camino de la Reina. The U-T building will be on your right.
    Or you can walk downstairs and catch a cab for three blocks or transfer to the MTS Bus route 6 (North Park/30th & Univ.) and travel one stop  to Camino De La Reina at Avenida Del Rio. The trolley ride will take approximately 20 minutes. Contact for assistance reaching the location.On Monday night there is a baseball game at Petco Park opposite the Convention Center, so the trolley station may be crowded, although you will be heading away from most of the traffic. One-way Trolley tickets, available for $2.50 from ticket vending machines, are good for travel for two hours from the time of purchase on any MTS Trolley. Transfers between trolley and bus and Round trips are not allowed with a one-way ticket. Purchase your ticket before boarding the Trolley from the ticket vending machines at each station. Regional Day Passes are $5 and available from ticket vending machines.
  • The event will open at 6:30 with a Tour of the U-T, silent auction and drinks on the 5th floor balcony, facing the sunset.
    The tour will visit the U-T TV studio, U-T San Diego newsroom, and print production facilities and take approximately 45 minutes. If you prefer to skip the tour, which may involve some stairs, you are welcome to head straight up to the bar!

7:30pm                 News Division Awards Dinner

  • This year’s celebration will take place at a catered dinner in the Headline’s Club high above Mission Valley.  Come and celebrate the achievements of Division leaders!  Our Kwapil winner is Justin Scroggs. Catherine Kitchell and Derek Willis will receive Henebry Awards to honor their long-standing contributions to the organization.
    Sponsored by: Bloomberg Law/Bloomberg BNA
    Please RSVP for the banquet to Catherine Kitchell at

Location: Headliner’s Club
San Diego Union-Tribune Building
350 Camino de la Reina, San Diego, CA 92108

Tuesday, June 11

10:00am               South of the Border: Research and Library Resources in Mexico
Moderator: Sandra Dibble, Reporter, Mexico and Border Issues, Union Tribune
Speakers: Kenn Morris, President, Crossborder Group Inc.  Kenn Morris Presentation: PDF or PowerPoint 2010
Lynne Walker, Vice President, Institute of the Americas
(Convention Center, Room 14B)

  • Our speakers will offer research tips and resources useful in researching Mexican businesses, and border-related policy issues, along with a look at freedom of information and transparency in Mexico’s open records laws.
    Presented By News Division, Sponsored by EcoAméricas

2:00pm                 Corporate Libraries: Adding Value in the Workplace
Author and consultant Joe Matthews outlines the building blocks for delivering content and experiences that users want. A graduate course in just 90 minutes!
Speaker:   Joe Matthews, JRM Consulting Inc.
(Convention Center, Room 8)

  • Author and consultant Joe Matthews will discuss how libraries add value to their corporations every day, how they can better communicate that value, and how they can make even greater contributions in the workplace. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Bottom Line: Determining and Communicating the Value of the Special Library and Listening to the Customer (co-authored with Peter Hernon). Presented By News Division
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