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Nooit meer bladeren? Digitale krantenarchieven als bron

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Marcel Broersma

About Marcel

Marcel Broersma is als hoogleraar Journalistieke Cultuur en Media verbonden aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen en het Groningen Centre for Journalism Studies. Hij leidt hier momenteel het door NWO gesubsidieerde VIDI-project “Reporting at the Boundaries of the Public Sphere. From, Style and Strategy of European Journalism, 1880-2005”. Hierin wordt bestudeerd, onder meer via een grootschalige inhoudsanalyse van negen Britse, Franse en Nederlandse kranten, hoe journalistiek en berichtgeving van vorm en karakter veranderden in de lange twintigste eeuw. Broersma is lid van de wetenschappelijke adviescommissie van het krantendigitaliseringsproject van de Koninklijke Bibliotheek en redacteur van TMG.

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Marcel Broersma No More Pages to Turn? Digital Newspaper Archives as Source

This article analyzes the methodological challenges and the opportunities for future research that are triggered by the rising availability of large databases of digitalized historical newspapers. It argues that these are new sources that differ fundamentally from their analogue equivalents. Media historians have to be aware of the methodological problems that occur when analogue papers are transformed into digital objects. Especially searching digital data with key words is challenging. This implicates that scholars have to make their search strategies explicit and have to be transparent about their methodology. Moreover, it is argued that digitalized newspapers should not be used (solely) for ‘cherry picking’: the eclectic search for quotations that illustrate and liven up a historical argument. Instead newspapers should be considered a serial source that should be studied systematically. The availability of digitized newspapers could so encourage the study and the development of new methodologies for analysing newspaper content.

How to Cite: Broersma, M., 2015. Nooit meer bladeren? Digitale krantenarchieven als bron. TMG Journal for Media History, 14(2), pp.29–55. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18146/tmg.135
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Published on 02 Sep 2015.

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