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Need to Know: Balancing well-being

Welcome to API’s new weekly challenge series, Balancing Well-being. In honor of World Mental Health Day on October 10, Sam Ragland, vice president of Journalism Programs, will share 20 ways to support the well-being of news teams.

Balancing well-being

Why a 20-day, 20-action challenge? Because prioritizing the well-being of ourselves, our journalists, and by relation, our organizations takes deliberate steps toward healthy habits and self-awareness.

Week One Challenges

Five actions to take this week to build resilient mental health habits.

Need to Know: September 29, 2023

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK New research from the Pew Research Center explored how Black Americans view the news media and coverage of Black people. Roughly 80% of respondents said they sometimes see news coverage that is racist or racially insensitive. And only 14% of Black Americans said they think it’s likely that Black people will […]

Need to Know: September 28, 2023

What the public wants from news around the world, Russia is targeting journalists, and the future of FOIA requests

American Press Institute awards $50,000 in Beyond Print Convening grants to support digital transformation

The American Press Institute awarded two $25,000 grants to The Keene Sentinel and the National Trust for Local News to support experimentation and progress around the print transition with the goal of keeping customers and revenues. 

Need to Know: September 27, 2023

Most Black Americans take issue with how Black people are covered, a Gen Z newspaper influencer, and ChatGPT speaks

Need to Know: September 26, 2023

BIPOC newsrooms eye philanthropic funding, a pivot to audio, and editorial AI roles

How community engagement can inform source tracking

You will never know how your community is engaging with your coverage unless you ask. Our partners at the Record-Journal in Meriden, Conn., experienced this firsthand after holding more than 80 conversations with community members and hearing from more than 2,000 survey respondents. 

Need to Know: September 22, 2023

Weekly roundup — API funds 17 civic discourse projects, the Musk-fueled online attack of a reporter, and community-centered journalism principles