Insights, tools and research to advance journalism

Laurie Beth Harris

Laurie Beth Harris is the Editorial Manager of the American Press Institute, and lead writer of API's morning newsletter, Need to Know.

She is the former copy fellow at Southern Living magazine. Laurie Beth is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While at UNC, Laurie Beth served as copy desk editor at The Daily Tar Heel.

Email Laurie Beth at lauriebeth.harris@pressinstitute.org or follow her @lb_harris.

Helping readers tell the difference between news and opinion: 7 good questions with Duke Reporters’ Lab’s Rebecca Iannucci

One possible explanation for declining trust in news organizations is blurry lines between news and opinion. If someone doesn’t like a commentator’s stance on particular issues, that could color how they look at everything else that news organization does. Plus, research by API shows that people are finding it difficult to tell the difference between […]

How for-profit newsrooms can adapt API’s nonprofit funding guidelines

Earlier this year, API released two sets of guidelines on the ethics of funding nonprofit news, one set for philanthropic funders and one set for nonprofit newsrooms. These guidelines were the product of more than two years of work exploring the question of how to best ensure editorial independence, including a meeting of 18 funders, […]

4 questions nonprofit newsrooms and funders have about their evolving relationships

As journalism’s traditional business models continue to shift, more news organizations are turning to nonprofit and foundation support as a way to support their journalism. But taking money from private foundations rather than commercial advertisers comes with its own ethical issues concerning how news organizations maintain their editorial independence. Funding can be often more tied […]

Journalism driven by stakeholders: 9 good questions with Stakeholder Media Project’s Mark Lee Hunter

More media organizations are being created and controlled by the people who are invested in the issues their organizations are covering, according to Mark Lee Hunter. This form of journalism, called “stakeholder-driven media,” is changing our media landscape and offers lessons for traditional news organizations in building community. Hunter defines stakeholder-driven media as “media [that] […]

5 ways to build trust with your readers going into 2017

Studies have shown that trust in the media is at an all-time low. Especially after a particularly contentious election season, building relationships with readers is essential for newsrooms. Research from API shows that building trust with readers is not only a journalistic aspiration, but a business imperative. People who put a higher premium on trust […]

Measuring investigative journalism’s impact on society: 8 good questions with James T. Hamilton

“The results of [investigative] reporting do not come cheaply, but they are a bargain to society,” James T. Hamilton writes in his new book Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism, out this month from Harvard University Press. Through his research, Hamilton, the Hearst Professor of Journalism at Stanford University, finds that while investigative journalism […]

API continues conversations on the ethics of nonprofit funding in news

Research from API shows that the ethics of taking grants from foundations and gifts from donors to produce news are not fully charted and not without controversy. Nonprofit funding of news also appears likely to grow, including in new ways. Just this month, Philadelphia’s Institute for Journalism in New Media, which will own the for-profit […]

Welcome our new summer fellow, Kasia Kovacs

This week, we’re excited to welcome our new summer fellow, Kasia Kovacs. Kasia is a master’s student at the University of Missouri, studying news reporting with a focus on investigative reporting. She is expected to graduate in December 2016. Kasia also holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and critical theory from William Jewell College. While studying […]

Need to Know newsletter

The smart way to start your day

Each morning we scour the web for fresh useful insights in our Need to Know newsletter. Sign up below.

Featured topics

Go deeper on…

Dive deep on everything we produce about these key topics.

Strategy Studies

The best practices for innovation within news organizations

This Strategy Study presents examples and insights about journalism innovation, offering actionable advice and methods to move your journalism and business forward.