James Piecowye thinking out loud

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Old/New Publishing

Posted on | January 17, 2012 | No Comments

I stumbled upon this piece a few days back.

About 100 Hawaiian-language newspapers published from 1834 to 1948 are being translated by roughly 3,000 volunteers. The newspapers are currently housed in Hawaiian archival collections as originals and microfilmed images, but when the project is finished, more than 60,000 pages of daily life in the Hawaiian Kingdom will be available for viewing on the Internet.

This is the coolest idea I have read about in a long time.

And the 1st thing it made me think about was the rich history of the printed press in the UAE.

Well, if we go back before the federation of the UAE there were a handful of people writing broadsheets, by hand, and placing them on their Majalis doors for the community.

Imagine if these publications could be brought back to life?

In a sense this is the type of historical journalism that the UAE needs to embark upon.

A history project that is still young enough to have materials and people of the era around.

The Awaiaulu project is a great example and a doable idea here in the UAE.

Anyone interested?

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