CRRA Wins Catholic Communications Campaign Grant to Digitize Catholic News Service Newsfeeds

The Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) has won a $49,764 Catholic Communications Campaign grant from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for Preservation and Online Access to Catholic History — NCWC/CNS 1920- .  Funds will support the digitization and preservation of newsfeeds from the National Catholic Welfare Council (NCWC), currently known as  the Catholic News Service (CNS) newsfeeds (the Catholic equivalent of Reuters).

100,000 pages of the NCWC/CNS newsfeeds from 1920- (approximately 30 years) will be digitized and made freely available through the CRRA-developed Catholic News Archive , a digital collection of Catholic diocesan and national newspapers.  The newsfeeds will be digitized at the highest quality standards and the resulting digital images will be preserved in perpetuity.

Special thanks go to Katherine Nuss, Archivist for Catholic News Service. Katherine is an active member of the CRRA Digitizing Partners and has  been a source of inspiration and guidance for CRRA’s digitization program.  Katherine provided the sourcing material for the newsfeeds currently in the Archive and will continue to provide source material for the grant’s 100,000 images.  Todd Jensen, CRRA Newspapers Digitization Project Manager, will coordinate efforts with vendors to  ensure that the images and metadata are of the highest quality and are available in a timely fashion.  The content will be accessible within the Catholic News Archive, along with the nearly 8,000 pages of newsfeeds currently available from the Vatican II years. Please see the http://thecatholicnewsarchive.org .

In addition to adding years of the Catholic News Service newsfeeds to the Archive, the grant signals a vote of confidence from the U.S.  Bishops for our work.

About the Catholic Communications Campaign Grants: The CCC funds media projects – print, television, radio and Internet – that further the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ religious, charitable and educational purposes. Proposals must be unique and/or timely. There is a preference not to provide ongoing funding of projects. Proposals that have funding from other sources, indicating a broad support, are more likely to receive priority consideration.

For more information about the CRRA and The Catholic Newspapers Program see http://www.catholicresearch.net/ .