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: June 20, 2019

Digital journalists embrace unions, getting census news to hard-to-count communities, and can towns self-fund local news through taxes

Need to Know: June 19, 2019

Explain your word choices, coverage of US-Iran tension is too unquestioning, and why seeing your profession as identity can hurt

Need to Know: June 18, 2019

How to do long-term reporting projects, why ‘women’s issues’ don’t get covered, and why some people avoid the news

Need to Know: June 17, 2019

Can legislation help local news, Facebook will rate journalists’ credibility, and the problem with ‘electability’ analysis

Need to Know: June 14, 2019

How to cover the ‘citizens agenda’ in campaigns, how to create training resources that work, and Spotify adds news to playlists

Need to Know: June 13, 2019

Learn to use spreadsheets for reporting, what the Google-funded local news sites will do, and people read more clickbait than they admit

Need to Know: June 12, 2019

Use audience ‘sprints’ to grow subscriptions, combine all your engagement metrics, and external ‘public editors’ for major news orgs

Need to Know: June 11, 2019

Improve newsletters through user-level data, why 2020 is the podcast primary, and not naming mass shooters is the new norm

Need to Know: June 10, 2019

Google’s news-related revenue is $4.7 billion, how to get better at Instagram Stories, and news publishers take on Sunday-night TV

Need to Know: June 7, 2019

Promote diverse leaders on potential not experience, where online attention really goes, and how to plan for crowdsourcing