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News 'On The Air,' Now Online - TV NewsSearch Database

"The Latest News, at 6:00 pm" is an offer that doesn't apply to yesterday's events, let alone last month's. But with the Libraries new resource, users can travel back years in time to study 'breaking news' as it first aired into living rooms nationwide.

TV-NewsSearch locates material in the collection of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive. The database includes nightly news programs broadcast by the national television networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) and a daily news program from CNN. Abstracts of each story within a regular news program are fully searchable. Regular programs in the collection include:

  • ABC Evening News: August 5, 1968 - Present
  • CBS Evening News: August 5, 1968 - Present
  • NBC Evening News: August 5, 1968 - Present
  • CNN WorldView: October 2, 1995 - November 3, 2000
  • CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports: February 1, 2001 - December 31, 2001
  • CNN NewsNight: November 5, 2001 - Present
  • ABC Nightline: March 24, 1980 - September 12, 1988 Occasional Coverage
  • ABC Nightline: September 12, 1988 - present: Comprehensive Coverage

For complete up-to-date coverage information, check the list of Available Material at the site.

The Archive's collection also includes news coverage of significant events broadcast outside the scope of the regular evening news programs with a focus on the U.S. presidential politics, including political conventions; election coverage; and Presidential speeches and press conferences. The Special Reports collection also includes coverage of major national and world events and major military conflicts involving the United States. Abstracts are not available for items within the collection of Specials, but catalog records generally include a listing of the events and people mentioned in the program. Some of the major items in the collection of Special Reports include:

  • Each Republican and Democratic political convention since 1968 and corresponding election coverage
  • Each televised State of the Union Address since 1968
  • Most major speeches given by U.S. Presidents since 1968
  • Presidential news conferences
  • Coverage of the American hostage crisis in Iran
  • Coverage of the Persian Gulf War
  • Coverage of the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001
  • Coverage of the War in Afghanistan
  • Coverage of the War in Iraq

In addition to keyword searching and browsing by date, the advanced searching includes the option to limit by network, date, reporter, and program type. Videotape copies of programs can be requested for a fee.

Users can access TV-NewsSearch from the frontpage of the Libraries website, either through Library Catalog or by following one of these paths from the Indexes and Databases Web pages:
     General and Multidisciplinary: Current Events and Newspapers
     Arts and Humanities: History
     Social Sciences and Law: General
     Social Sciences and Law: Communication

Posted March 22, 2004