WGBH FIX IT Transcript-a-Thon at the Boston Public Library!

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Join us to help preserve WGBH’s public broadcasting history at the WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library!

After a brief moment on the air, most public broadcasting programs are filed away to languish on shelves, sometimes for decades. For the past five years, The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between Boston public broadcaster WGBH and the Library of Congress, has been hard at work digitizing thousands of broadcast hours from public media’s 70+ year legacy to provide free, public access to this rich and colorful history, and preserve it for future generations at the Library of Congress and at WGBH.

But how do we make this content accessible and searchable? One way is by creating transcripts that can be indexed by websites and search engines. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the AAPB has launched a transcript correction game called FIX IT and a transcript editing platform FIX IT+.. Using machine-generated transcripts, FIX IT audiences engage in a community effort to identify and correct errors in the transcripts. These transcripts then live on in the AAPB, providing improved access for scholars, researchers, students, teachers, lifelong learners and future generations.

On July 12th, we're hosting a WGBH FIX IT Transcript-a-Thon at the Boston Public Library's Newsfeed Cafe to complete selected transcripts from WGBH’s radio and television programs. Join us for cafe sandwiches and beverages while you help in error identification, error correction, or validation of computer-generated transcripts!

Join us to help preserve WGBH’s public broadcasting history on Thursday, July 12th at 6pm (ET). If you can’t be with us for the on-site event, feel free to play right now by visiting and!

*You will need your own laptop and headphones.*

Location: WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library, Johnson Building, First Floor, 700 Boylston Street

Here's a sneak peek at some of the historic WGBH programs we’ll be transcribing:

Press and The People (1958 – 1959) –a weekly television hosted by Louis Lyons Mr. Lyons, together with such guests as James Reston, Edward R. Murrow, Adlai E. Stevenson, Elmo Roper and Barry Bigham, examined the role of the press and how it was performing its function in America.

Prospects of Mankind (1959) – a television roundtable discussion of foreign and domestic affairs featuring leading political, academic, and journalistic experts. Series was hosted by Eleanor Roosevelt and was filmed on location at Brandeis University.

A Conversation with James Baldwin (1963) - Dr. Kenneth Clark interviews author James Baldwin shortly after Baldwin’s now famous 5/24/1963 meeting with United States Attorney General Robert Kennedy regarding the state of Civil Rights in the United States.

Is School Desegregation Working? (1976) – Television debate on the success of school desegregation, moderated by Jim Lehrer.

The First Amendment (1977 – 1980) - a weekly radio talk show hosted by Dr. Bernard Rubin, the director of the Institute for Democratic Communication at Boston University. Each episode featured a conversation that examined civil liberties in the media in the 1970s.

WGBH Journal (1978 – 1979) - a radio magazine that featured segments on local news and current events.


What do I need to bring?

Please bring your laptop, charger, and headphones.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Please refer to the map of car, bicycle and motorcycle parking indicated on the BPL site:


WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library

Johnson Building, First Floor

700 Boylston Street

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