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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.
  • Shareable: Ideas and insights you’ll want to share and discuss.

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 […]

Need to Know: June 15, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The influence of social media platforms and technology companies has had a greater effect on American journalism than even the shift from print to digital (The Tow Center) But did you know: Despite concerns about control, news […]

Need to Know: June 14, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Digital advertising revenue across all digital entities (beyond just news) continues to grow, with technology companies playing a large role in the flow of both news and revenue (Pew Research) But did you know: Print circulation, revenue […]

Need to Know: June 13, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: A former Senate Intelligence Committee aide was charged in a leak case where an NYT reporter’s records were seized and press advocates have bashed the US government’s seizure of years of email and phone data from NYT […]

Need to Know: June 12, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The Justice Department suit to stop AT&T from buying Time Warner, an $85.4 billion deal, surprised investors and antitrust experts when it was filed late last year (The New York Times) But did you know: Today’s ruling […]

Need to Know: June 11, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The news coverage last week of high-profile suicides sparked a debate about journalism ethics (NBC News) and suicides sometimes happen in clusters, and epidemiologists and suicide prevention experts have often claimed that media coverage is partially to […]

Need to Know: June 8, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Jeff Sessions said that leak investigations have tripled under Trump (The New York Times) But did you know: A former Senate Intelligence Committee aide was arrested in an investigation of classified information leaks where prosecutors also secretly […]

Need to Know: June 7, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The New York Times has been experimenting with personalization to find new ways to expose readers to stories since the fall (Nieman Lab) But did you know: The New York Times’ ‘Your Weekly Edition’ is a brand-new […]

Need to Know: June 6, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In July 2016, Pew Research Center found that about six in 10 Americans already felt exhausted by the amount of election coverage But did you know: Almost seven in 10 Americans have news fatigue today (Pew Research […]

Need to Know: June 5, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The world is more than 25 years into the web era, more than half of American households have had home Internet for 15 years, and the current smartphone paradigm began more than a decade ago But did […]

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