Library of Congress selects Baptist Press war coverage to include in historic collection

WASHINGTON (BP)--The Library of Congress has informed Baptist Press that the Southern Baptist Convention news service has been selected for an Internet archive about Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The official notification forwarded to Baptist Press from the Library of Congress stated in part:

"The United States Library of Congress preserves the Nation's cultural artifacts and provides enduring access to them. The Library's traditional functions, acquiring, cataloging, preserving and serving collection materials of historical importance to the Congress and to the American people to foster education and scholarship, extend to digital materials, including websites. The Library has selected your site for inclusion in the historic collection of the 2003 War on Iraq Internet materials. On behalf of the Library of Congress, the Internet Archive will be collecting content from your website at regular intervals during the War. The Library will make this collection available to researchers onsite at Library facilities. The Library also wishes to make the collection available to offsite researchers by hosting the collection on the Library's public access website."

Baptist Press has published numerous stories and photos about Operation Iraqi Freedom since the campaign began on March 20. The centerpiece of the coverage is a series of reports, "A Patriot's Faith," by a BP reporting team that was embarked on the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the eastern Mediterranean. The reports by writer Sara Horn, of the corporate communications department of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the images by photographer Jim Veneman, director of visual communications at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., focused on the integration of faith and patriotism by Christians serving in the Navy and Marine Corps units assigned to this ship. Horn and Veneman were aboard the aircraft carrier from March 21-30.

Baptist Press also has reported about the wartime leadership by President Bush and military decision-makers, heroic conduct, those killed in combat or taken prisoner, the work of chaplains in Kuwait and Iraq, church ministries to families of soldiers who have been deployed to the Middle East, and plans for relief ministries once the military campaign is completed.

Baptist Press is a wire service that provides news with a Christian perspective to inform and equip readers for life, work, and ministry.

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