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‘My’ media versus ‘the’ media: Trust in news depends on which news media you mean

New research from the Media Insight Project suggests public attitudes about the news media are more complex than many traditional studies indicate, with attitudes varying markedly depending on what media people are asked about.

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Why we click on news stories

Newsrooms track clicks closely, but what motivates news users to click? New research suggests readers are drawn to news that is relevant to their personal interests or happened nearby, news that gives them something to talk about, and news that evokes an emotional response.

Data & analytics

Metrics for News

This API program helps publishers build an empirical, data-informed news strategy through custom-built content analysis software, new journalism metrics and innovative audience surveys.

Good Questions Q & A’s

How young adults define ‘news’: 7 good questions with Data & Society’s Mary Madden

Teenagers and young adults are challenging long-held assumptions about news consumption patterns. We talked to Data & Society's Mary Madden about what news organizations can do to be seen as credible by young adults, how young adults define “news,” and why young adults don’t share as much news on social media.

Guidelines & ethics

Guidance on philanthropic funding of media and news

As nonprofit funding of news grows, what are the best practices for ensuring editorial independence? These two sets of broad guidelines of best practices, one for funders and another for nonprofit media organizations, are the product of more than two years of work exploring the question.

Youth & news literacy

Supporting news literacy: An update on what API is doing

Enabling young people to feel equipped to navigate the media environment — and perhaps even make it better — is crucial. Here's an overview of some of the things we at API are working on in this space, commonly referred to as “news literacy.”

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