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: February 20, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: During a 2016 campaign rally, candidate Trump threatened to “open up” libel laws as president, making it easier to sue news organizations (Politifact) But did you know: Justice Clarence Thomas calls for reconsideration of landmark libel ruling (The […]

Need to Know: February 19, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The Knight Foundation released a report calling for more philanthropy, transparency, diversity and disinformation-fighting technology to restore the “crisis of trust” in American journalism (Knight Foundation) But did you know: Knight pledges $300 million to local news, free […]

Need to Know: February 15, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Metrics like page views and time spent on articles — two commonly cited benchmarks — are not nearly as important as the number of readers who are frequent users (Local News Initiative) But did you know: Clicks are an […]

Need to Know: February 14, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Apple plans to keep about 50 percent of subscription revenue from “Netflix for news” service, likely won’t share customer data with publishers (Wall Street Journal) But did you know: The logic behind Apple’s give-us-half-your-revenue pitch to news publishers […]

Need to Know: February 13, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “Launching a paywall is easy. Pivoting a whole business from an advertising-centric mindset to one focused on reader revenue is not.” But did you know: News media needs to convince readers to open their wallets. Consolidation has not helped. […]

Need to Know: February 11, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Facebook declines, Google grows as battle for news audiences continues (Parse.ly) But did you know: Where your new readers are going to come from in 2019 (Nieman Lab) In the first piece of a two-part installment, Nieman Lab’s […]

Need to Know: February 8, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: There was less misinformation during the 2018 midterms than in 2016 (Poynter) But did you know: Researchers say fears about ‘fake news’ are exaggerated (Columbia Journalism Review) Researchers at the University of Michigan recently came to the conclusion […]

Need to Know: February 7, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: With philanthropic gifts to media topping $50 million, Craig Newmark is working to save journalism (The New York Times) But did you know: Poynter, with funding from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, will launch a new media ethics center (Poynter) With […]

Need to Know: February 6, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The Wall Street Journal measures “active days” — the number of days a reader engages with content — to determine how likely they are to subscribe (Nieman Lab) But did you know: Building habit — not page views — […]

Need to Know: February 5, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Hedge-fund-backed media group makes bid for Gannett (Wall Street Journal) But did you know: Gannett rejects takeover offer from Digital First Media (USA Today) On Monday Gannett’s board unanimously rejected an unsolicited proposal to be acquired by media […]