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Journalism Archives Management (JAM): The 5 Ws of Journalism Archives Management

What is Journalism Archives Management (JAM)?

Journalists and strategic communicators create large amounts of digital content. What happens to that content after its creation? Will it be discoverable next year? In five years? 

Journal Archive Management (JAM) provides a set of best practices for journalism and strategic communication students to preserve and manage their content long after it has been created.

JAM: The 5 W's

Who will be using JAM?

  • The goal is to have all journalism and strategic communication students, faculty and staff following JAM best practices.
  • As JAM becomes a practiced Missouri Method, it should be diffused throughout the media environment.

What is JAM?

  • JAM is a set of best practices for labeling and storing digital content so that it can be discovered and reused when needed.

When will we begin using JAM best practices?

  • Initially, JAM best practices will be introduced and followed in the J2150, J1100 and J1010 core courses.
  • By the fall semester of 2017, JAM should be used by all journalism and strategic communication students.

Where will JAM be used?

  • The Missouri School of Journalism. 
  • JAM best practices will be shared throughout the University of Missouri campus and beyond.

Why is JAM needed?

  • Students may need to provide evidence of their academic output or portfolios of their work for employment. JAM will make it easier to find and reuse content.
  • Everyone, especially journalists and those in the creative communication fields need to develop lifelong digital preservation practices. 
  • Each individual should be responsible for the content he or she creates.