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Vanderbilt Television News Archive (CWRU/OhioLINK Resource)

Through OhioLINK and CWRU, we have campus wide access to the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, which claims to be the “world’s most extensive and complete archive of television news.” The archive has been recording and preserving television news broadcasts of U.S. national networks since August 5, 1968. It currently contains the descriptions and abstracts of over 725,000 broadcast news stories from 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. National Networks: ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN. It also includes more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming from ABC’s Nightline since 1989. (Use VPN for remote and wireless access).

Online video is available for CNN news broadcasts from 1999 to the present. For instance, a search for “junk science” retrieved 5 titles that can be instantly viewed:

12/22/2011 Crime: Junk Science (Scent Dogs), Evening News CNN, Length: 07:30.
12/21/2011 Crime: Junk Science (Bite Mark Analysis), Evening News CNN, Length: 09:30.
12/20/2011 Crime: Junk Science (Blood Spatter), Evening News CNN, Length: 03:10.
10/21/2009 Texas/Execution/Perry/Hurst Interview, Evening News CNN, Length: 08:00.
08/18/2009 Crime: Forensic Science/Houston Lab (Part I), Evening News CNN, Length:07:10.

In addition, several older titles are listed in the results. These are available to rent via a CWRU purchase order.

01/09/1997 … Junk Science, Evening News ABC, Length: 02:20.
04/02/1995 …Simpson Murder Case / The Trial, Evening News CBS, Length: 02:30.

See “How to Request Items from the Collection” for material not viewable instantly online.