Way back when I did some writing for newspapers and magazines, nothing too big. What do I do with my old clips? Scan and transfer to a CD? Are they worth saving? Do you hang onto your old clips? How long? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
What do you do with old clips?(3 posts) (3 voices)
Keep them! I would definitely scan them in to a digital format (PDF would be best if you can) and then post them online at your site so you can direct editors there when you do queries.
Backing them up on a CD is okay, but CDs have a limited shelf-life - I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I read somewhere that after a certain number of years (around 10) they will degrade to the point that any data stored on them will be useless. So CDs are not a good long-term option.
Which is why I vote for keeping them. Put them into plastic sleeves and keep them in a binder or even a large envelope and store them somewhere. There is a lot of old print articles that has been digitized and put online, but much, much more that hasn't, and may never be put online. Someday your grandkids (or great-grandkids) might like to read what you wrote. So definitely keep it.
Follow Trisha's advice -- keep them! PDFs are good as are jumpdrives. Buy protective covers and start putting your clips in them. Store them in a cool place to minimize any damage.
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