David Deacon’s Yesterday’s Papers and Today’s Technology: Digital Newspaper Archives and ‘Push Button’ Content Analysis in the March 2007 European Journal of Communication is worth pointing out even though it’s from last year. The article is available from Penn Libraries e-journals at the homepage.
This article considers the methodological implications of using digital newspaper archives for analysis of media content. The discussion identifies a range of validity and reliability concerns about this increasingly prevalent mode of analysis, which have been under-appreciated to date. Although these questions do not deny a role for the use of proxy data in media analysis, they do highlight the need for caution when researchers rely on text-based, digitalized archives.