Need to Know newsletter

API’s daily Need to Know morning newsletter provides fresh, useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism. Most of the items that we curate for the newsletter each day also appear here on the website as a cumulative body of knowledge.

Need to Know: January 15, 2021

A vaccine education toolkit for reporters, readers want ad-supported free newsletters, and why to eschew social media marketing

Need to Know: January 14, 2021

How to choose subscriber-exclusive stories, prepare for online harassment, and can local investors rescue local news

Need to Know: January 13, 2021

Use caution with the label ‘Trump supporter,’ the ‘artificial ceiling’ for digital journalists, and how to explain audience engagement

Need to Know: January 12, 2021

Use Slack to let people speak up about insensitive coverage, how to track source demographics, and the growth of mob thinking

Need to Know: January 11, 2021

It’s not about misinformation anymore, the failure to cover white nationalism, and a membership model for local TV news

Need to Know: January 8, 2021

Tips to support peace in reporting on unrest, how to demonstrate credibility, and a streamlined unpublishing process

Need to Know: January 6, 2021

The best business models for community news orgs, understand how your journalism is perceived, and when to ignore misinformation

Need to Know: January 5, 2021

Overburdened USPS threatens small-town papers, putting a name to editorials, and how local news is covering election fallout

Need to Know: January 4, 2021

Hedge fund Alden seeks to own Tribune, finding sustainability in memberships, and new rules for newsgathering by drone

Need to Know: December 23, 2020

Using grant funding to match ad spending, a new New Deal Writers’ Project, and how Google News drives readers away from local news