Digital journalism's history replaced by a spam blog. The irony.

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

Finishing the day’s blogging on a sad note:

So it appeared that Lim (or someone working for him) had obtained control of — presumably just by buying the domain once it had expired, although we don’t know that — and created as close of a facsimile of the old site as he could, with a lot of the old content. Then he’d added one new fresh “article” on November 12 that promoted his product — and hoped that no one would notice.

Yes, the Online Journalism Review – one of the earliest sites to deal seriously with the digital transition, has been replaced by a spammy site promoting a startup, because its current stewards didn’t get the domain name renewed.

People in this business need to get a whole world more serious about protecting their archives. Those who forget history…

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.