Stephanie Castellano

Stephanie Castellano is the editorial manager for API. She helps shape API’s editorial direction and produces API’s daily newsletter, Need to Know, which offers fresh, valuable insights for journalists, news executives, researchers and other media stakeholders. Previously, Stephanie was the communications manager for the Newseum Institute, the education and programs arm of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., where she produced a weekly newsletter on press freedom and other First Amendment rights that the Institute is working to advance. Stephanie has also worked as a writer and editor for the Association for Talent Development, a nonprofit dedicated to developing professional talent; and has reported on food and agriculture issues for The Christian Science Monitor, Civil Eats and Next City.

Free content, tools and funding to help your newsroom cover the coronavirus

As newsrooms work flat-out to cover the biggest story of our time, API is highlighting some of the free tools and grant funding that are being developed to supplement newsrooms’ existing resources around coronavirus coverage. We recognize that newsrooms have very little time to explore these opportunities. For that reason, we are focusing on: tools […]

How can photojournalists build trust through their work? 7 good questions with T.J. Thomson

In the social media age, we are inundated with visual information — yet we know very little about how and why these images are made, especially in journalistic contexts. This can be a huge barrier to establishing trust between visual journalists, their subjects, and the people who consume their work. “There are 3.2 billion images […]

Field Notes: We’ll be talking about newsroom culture and mentorship in public media in D.C.

On Thursday and Friday, API’s director of newsroom learning Amy L. Kovac-Ashley will attend the annual conference of the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) in Washington, D.C. On Thursday, you’ll see her at the pre-conference afternoon discussion at NPR about the culture of journalism, where PRNDI’s Culture of Journalism Collaborative will talk about best […]

Welcome API’s new director of accountability journalism, Susan Benkelman

API is excited to announce that Susan Benkelman will join our team as director of our Accountability Journalism Program on Friday, Oct. 26. Susan joins API from The Wall Street Journal, where she served as news editor, helping to shape its journalism across several platforms, and most recently playing a key role in reconceiving the […]

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