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: September 29, 2020

An algorithm that powers public service news, adding transparency to investigative pieces, and should debate moderators be fact-checkers

Need to Know: September 28, 2020

Taking care with hacked or leaked materials, the LA Times examines its role in systemic racism, and a new federal bill to save local news

Need to Know: September 25, 2020

What audience-centered pandemic coverage looks like, what is a ‘news desert’, and Twitter urges caution with retweets

Need to Know: September 24, 2020

Grow and diversify your audience through events, the economics of independent journalists, and obstacles to source diversity

Need to Know: September 23, 2020

Simple ways to build trust in your elections reporting, adding historical context to events, and a plan to diversify investigative teams

Need to Know: September 22, 2020

Election insights from the AP, a plan to rescue hedge fund-owned newspapers, and how to recognize AI-generated submissions

Need to Know: September 21, 2020

Thinking of diversity as community-building, a hotline for advice on race and gender coverage, and a Supreme Court reporter remembers RBG

Need to Know: September 18, 2020

Local news outlets expand territory, scholarships for ONA20, and TV investigative reports move to streaming services

Need to Know: September 17, 2020

How to build a membership program, beat reporting is changing during the pandemic, and meet the new Table Stakes coaches

Need to Know: September 15, 2020

How to win journalism grants, using threat modeling to guide election coverage, and who’s into ‘slow news’