What the Trump tapes can teach journalists about news archives: Even seemingly insignificant pieces of content can be important in the future

The publication of the 2005 tape of Donald Trump shows that value in archiving, says the Journalism Digital News Archive’s Edward McCain “Relatively small, seemingly insignificant kinds of content can be incredibly valuable and important,” McCain says. “We can think about these tapes in terms of other seemingly-mundane stuff that’s recorded all the time. That’s the stuff we don’t think about afterwards, but could be important. What was said in the city council meeting? What promises were made when we passed a bond for a sewage plant? What was the public told? What was the understanding at that time? Those mundane things might become important over the long haul.”