Newspaper Remediation Project

Newspaper Remediation Project

I identified a newspaper article from October 29, 2023 from The Augusta Chronicle regarding the war between Israel and Hamas to remediate. The article titled, “Israel expanding ground operation into Gaza” was written by Isabel Debre, Julia Frankel and Sam Magdy for the Associated Press. The newspaper provided an article that was not too lengthy that could provide a proper training tool for the remediation process. I am still fuzzy about what the remediation process is. Is it a single article written in print form transcribed into digital media, or is it multiple articles from print to digital form coalesced into one digital archive?

The key information within the article was Israel is ramping up its offensive in Gaza as Palestinians attempt to survive in the warzone. The notional target audience is the US Department of Defense open-source intelligence (OSINT) community. I say “notional” because my immediate audience is my fellow students. The Israeli-Hamas crisis is a key topic of interest at work. The crisis is a real, immediate topic in my discourse group.

The article fails to list combatant casualties and forces involved in the fighting. How many Israeli units are involved in the war versus how many Hamas fighters are involved? Where are battles being fought? What is the forward line of Israeli advance? There is no mention of the West Bank in the article, nor did it mention any references to pro-Hamas supporters like Iran. Additionally, who is the Palestinian leaders that are shaping policy and how are they fighting back against Israel? Maps, informational graphics, and videos would enhance the story. The OSINT discourse community thrives on maps, movements, and numbers. The article does not provide any of that information.

If I were writing a report regarding the refugee crisis in Gaza, I would include the names of population centers in Gaza and the West Bank where the fighting is the heaviest and how that impacts aid workers in those areas. What does the Hamas leaders say about the situation? What are the goals of Hamas?

I used Microsoft Sway to remediate the information. Sway was like our digital ghost-writing software. I felt like it was navigable and easy to use. I watched several videos on YouTube about Sway and digitally remediating work. It’s interesting to me that I should involve hyperlinks in my remediation. How do you provide hyperlinks while remediating traditional content into digital format? Does the inclusion of hyperlinks indicate that the article is already found on a digital source? Those sorts of instructions inform me that I have no idea what I am doing.

I sat down and transcribed the entire article into Sway. It took me about 30 to 45 minutes. I included images and maps that allowed the reader to get an idea where geographically Gaza was located in relation to Israel. I am not convinced that I did this correctly.

Jason Ledford

Jason Ledford

Augusta, Ga