The Internet Archive recently released a new, very cool tool called TV News Search & Borrow. The searchable collection now contains 350,000 news programs collected over three years from national and metro U.S. networks. You can search by keyword, network, and specific TV show. You can also limit the time period searched by using the timeline slider.
The tool archives the closed caption transcripts of the different news shows and uses that as a searchable database that is linked to the actual video clip. Very cool idea.
And it can help you to find and use a wide variety of news coverage quickly and easily. It’s stated purpose is
to help engaged citizens better understand the issues and candidates in the 2012 U.S. elections by allowing them to search closed captioning transcripts to borrow relevant television news programs. The archive is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired. Older materials are also being added.
You can dig deeper into the broadcast to generate minute-by-minute clickable word clouds by clicking the More/Borrow button the top right corner of each clip. Clicking on a word in the cloud and it lights up in each section of the broadcast summary.
A simple way to use this would be to find current events conversation starts and writing prompts. You could also use News Search to highlight the same keyword but search by different news services such as CNN vs. Fox News.