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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.

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  • Off the Top: A different take on the top story of the day.
  • Try This at Home: Useful insights and ideas you can try yourself.
  • Offshore: News and insights from journalism around the world.
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  • Up for Debate: Points of debate and discussion about what’s happening in journalism.
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Need to Know: June 29, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Five dead in “targeted attack” at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis (The Baltimore Sun) But did you know: ‘We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow’: Capital Gazette journalists report on shooting in their own newsroom (Capital Gazette) From […]

Need to Know: June 28, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard:  Five decades after Kerner Report, representation remains an issue in media (Columbia Journalism Review) But did you know: While more women are taking on leadership roles in radio and TV, fewer people of color are working in radio […]

Need to Know: June 27, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Earlier this year BH Media Group eliminated 148 jobs and left 101 positions vacant, reducing its workforce by 6 percent (Bloomberg) But did you know: Lee Enterprises will take over management of Berkshire Hathaway newspapers (Chicago Tribune) In an […]

Need to Know: June 26, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Apple News’s human editors prefer a few major newsrooms (Columbia Journalism Review) But did you know: With a light jab at Facebook, Apple News launches a 2018 midterm elections section that’ll “steer clear of rumor and propaganda” (Nieman […]

Need to Know: June 25, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Twitter can be a hostile and dangerous place for women (New York Magazine) But did you know: A new study finds male political reporters retweet other men three times more often than their female colleagues (Vox) Anyone who follows […]

Need to Know: June 22, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The interiors of the detention centers where children are being kept from their parents are still largely out of public view because the government has gone to great lengths to keep the media at bay (CNNMoney) But […]

Need to Know: June 21, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Americans with high political awareness, those who are very digitally savvy and those who place high levels of trust in the news media are better able to accurately identify news-related statements as factual or opinion (Pew Research […]

Need to Know: June 20, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: There is not enough philanthropic dollars flowing into journalism to make up for the gaps in what has been lost from legacy newsrooms (The Shorenstein Center at Harvard and Northeastern University) But did you know: There is […]

Need to Know: June 19, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: 50 percent of the public say they are only a little familiar with the term “op‑ed,” or don’t know what it is But did you know: How are Americans doing at distinguishing between factual and opinion statements […]

Need to Know: June 18, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In April 30 percent of The Denver Post staff was laid off and the newspaper’s hedge-fund owners interfered in the editorial process (CityLab) and Civil promises that you don’t have to care about blockchain to care about […]

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