ProQuest and Tribune Publishing Agree to Bring News to Academic Institutions

Nov 08, 2002

ProQuest Company's Information and Learning unit and Tribune Publishing, a subsidiary of Tribune Company, have announced a long-term content distribution agreement that will bring current and historical content to academic institutions and libraries via the ProQuest Web-based online information service. Under the agreement, ProQuest will digitize historic news content from Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times and distribute more recent content from all eleven of Tribune's daily newspapers. ProQuest will digitize the complete historical backfiles of Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times from their first published editions in 1847 and 1881, respectively, and make both article and full page images available to users. This historical content will be available to the library market exclusively from ProQuest. In addition, distribution rights for microform and ASCII text from these newspapers, as well as nine other Tribune Company newspapers, are covered by this distribution arrangement. The additional newspapers include: Newport News (VA) Daily Press, Baltimore (MD) Sun, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Stamford (CT) Advocate, Newsday (NY), Allentown (PA) Morning Call, and Greenwich (CT) Time. Both the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times backfiles will be developed as part of the company's ProQuest Historical Newspapers project, which was initiated in 2001 to bring the archival content of newspapers to digital form. Using zoning and indexing processes, ProQuest will digitally reproduce every issue in its entirety. Searchers will be able to enter terms (keywords, dates, author's name, article type, etc.) to search the full file. A results list will supply bibliographic information, including date, page number, and author's name (where provided). Users will also be able to display the full page image of any page in any issue. In addition to the historical content, ProQuest will deliver the full ASCII text of current information for all Tribune Publishing newspapers. Files for the non-historical content will include coverage from the mid-to-late 1980s. Both the current full-text and historical full-image information will be delivered to subscribers via the ProQuest online information service.

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