Media Archiving Workshop

Wednesday, February 21st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St., Chicago

Free Event

In Chicago, we have a group of media archivists who do incredible work preserving the audiovisual records of history and culture. In this seminar, we will meet these archivists, who will talk about their respective missions. This seminar is intended for anyone interested in tackling his or her media collection, either in-house or with a vendor. Representatives from Chicago Film Archives, Media Burn Archive, and the Studs Terkel Radio Archive will share best practices for preserving and creating access to your collections of film, video, and audio.




Tom Weinberg – Veteran documentarian who created landmark PBS programs like “Image Union” and “The 90s”. NATAS Silver Circle honoree. Founder of Media Burn Archives.
*  Sara Chapman – Executive Director of Media Burn Archives, which collects, restores and distributes documentary video and television created by artists, activists, and community groups. Media Burn is a project of the Fund for Innovative TV, which has been producing challenging documentary video and television since 1990.
* Tony Macaluso – Executive producer for the WFMT Radio Network, which produced arts and culture programs for an international group of radio stations. He also oversees the Studs Terkel Radio Archive, which will make all of Terkel’s 5,600 radio programs available for the world to explore and re-use.
* Alison Schein – Chief archivist for the Studs Terkel Radio Archive with the WFMT Radio Network.
* Michelle Puetz – Curator of Collections and Public Programs for Chicago Film Archives, regional film archive dedicated to identifying, collecting, preserving and providing access to films that represent the Midwest.

* John Owens
– Veteran multimedia journalist and documentarian, formerly of the Chicago Tribune. Presently a writer/producer for “Through the Decades with Bill Kurtis” on the Decades Network.

Whether you’re in the middle of a video digitization project, just getting started, or planning to start (someday!), this workshop will address best practices and good-enough-practices in workflows, troubleshooting, and quality control. Attendees will learn how to identify formats and their inherent risks, become familiar with the hardware and software used, principles for long-term management, and how to work together with a vendor to get the best result.