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: March 18, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In 2018 Facebook drastically changed News Feed to make it “good for people” (and bad for most publishers) (Nieman Lab) But did you know: One year in, Facebook’s big algorithm change has spurred an angry, Fox News-dominated — […]

Need to Know: March 15, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The Knight Foundation puts $300 million toward rebuilding local news ecosystems (Knight Foundation) But did you know:As major newspapers continue shrinking, more cities are starting to build ecosystems that focus on better coverage instead of competition (Poynter) On […]

Need to Know: March 14, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Twitter is wondering whether Twitter is bad for society — and Jack Dorsey is starting new research to find out (Recode) But did you know: Twitter reveals big changes to conversations and new camera features (NBC News) Twitter is […]

Need to Know: March 13, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: How the Minneapolis Star-Tribune used calendar invites and other practical tools to help readers “be better voters” (Better News) But did you know: Calendars might be the next great online publishing tool (Poynter) Some news organizations have been […]

Need to Know: March 12, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is on a White House hit list for elimination (Nieman Lab) But did you know: Trump wants to kill federal funding for PBS and NPR (again); it won’t happen, but it’s still damaging (Nieman […]

Need to Know: March 11, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: From 2008 to 2017, newspaper newsrooms shrank by 45 percent (Pew Research Center) But did you know: More than 1,400 other cities and towns across the U.S. have lost a newspaper over the past 15 years (AP) As circulation […]

Need to Know: March 8, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Facebook will reorient itself from a public forum to a private messaging platform (Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg) But did you know: Will private sharing mark the end of Facebook’s supposed commitment to helping journalism? (Columbia Journalism Review) Facebook’s shift to […]

Need to Know: March 7, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for privacy violations, which would mark the first major punishment levied against the platform since the Cambridge Analytica scandal (Washington Post) But did you know: Facebook’s Mark […]

Need to Know: March 6, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Journalism blockchain platform Civil failed in its initial coin offering, which aimed to raise $8 million in cryptocurrency to invest in news organizations. It ended up raising only $1.4 million. (Nieman Lab) But did you know: Civil tries a […]

Need to Know: March 5, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “Tennessee Breitbart” is part of a growing trend of opaque, locally focused, ideological outlets, dressed up as traditional newspapers (Politico) But did you know: How PAC-connected activists continue to set up ‘local news’ outlets (Snopes) On February 6, […]