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 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, […]

Need to Know: March 4, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Spotify has bought two podcast startups and it wants to buy more (Recode) But did you know: Luminary aims to be the Netflix of podcasts (New York Times) “We want to become synonymous with podcasting in the same […]

Need to Know: March 1, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: A regular habit — not the number of stories read or the time spent reading them — is the best indicator that a subscriber will keep paying for news (Local News Initiative) But did you know: How local […]

Need to Know: February 28, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “What independent journalism needs more than ever from Silicon Valley is a significant transfer of wealth.” (Columbia Journalism Review) But did you know: A tax on digital ad spend (*cough* Facebook and Google) could bring in $2 billion […]

Need to Know: February 27, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Knight Commission report calls for “radical transparency” in newsrooms (Aspen Institute) But did you know: ‘Explain your process’ box improves perceptions of news organization (Medium, Trusting News) A new study from the Center for Media Engagement at the University […]

Need to Know: February 26, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “Venture philanthropy” is coming to journalism: the funding draws in capital from mission-minded individuals or groups and then invests in social enterprises, while also providing coaching (Nieman Lab) But did you know: The American Journalism Project has […]

Need to Know: Feb. 25, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: To build trust, most Americans say it’s important for journalists to offer more about a story’s sources or evidence, according to our 2018 Media Insight Project survey. But did you know: Data journalism at The Washington Post […]

Need to Know: February 22, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Many major newsrooms, champions of transparency in other cases, remain tight-lipped about their newsroom diversity (Nieman Lab) But did you know: Fewer women than men report the news, with the biggest gaps at Reuters and the AP (Nieman Lab) […]

Need to Know: February 21, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: 76 percent of Americans cite local TV news as a highly trusted source of news, the most of any medium (Poynter) and TV news is still Americans’ top news source (Pew Research Center) But did you know: Of […]