Internet Television News Archive

It’s hard to keep up with all that the Internet Archive has to offer these days.  When it comes to TV news The Vanderbilt Television indexNews Archive may be what first comes to mind (and their coverage goes back to 1968, nothing to sneeze at) but for more recent news the Internet Archive’s Television News Archive is worth looking at.  Open to all, it includes over 600,000 clips from news shows since 2009.  One can filter by networks which, in addition to ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, and CNN (Vanderbilt turf) also include MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, Comedy Central, Estrella TV, and others.

It works like this. Search on a topic (keyword, phrase, name, etc.) and select the clip you are interested in viewing. Then you can further edit with the accompanying transcript to extract the exact quote you want to embed in a document or share on Facebook, Twitter and the like. Material others find significant enough to “quote” in this fashion is saved for subsequent archive users, creating an organically grown archive of popularity within the larger archive. There is an option to borrow full DVDs of the shows from which the search-result segments derive.

Search-result metadata, which appears on the lefthand side of the screen, offers breakdowns by years, networks, programs and also throws up a useful timeline of results.  I thought I’d try a simple search on “nurses” since the nursing profession has been front and center in the news due to the recent Ebola scare in the United States. Sure enough, the spike for mentions of nurses in the news is dramatic.

Search on "nurses" since 2009.

Search on “nurses” since 2009.