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 4, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The Washington Post aired a Super Bowl commercial, narrated by Tom Hanks, defending journalism: “Knowing keeps us free” (Washington Post) But did you know: Many people, including journalists, are troubled by the fact that the Washington Post ad […]

Need to Know: February 1, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In July, New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger and President Trump engaged in a fierce public clash over Trump’s threats against journalism, after Sulzberger said the president misrepresented a private meeting and Trump accused The Times and other […]

Need to Know: January 31, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: When newspapers close, the cost of government goes up (Governing.com) But did you know: Loss of newspapers contributes to political polarization (Associated Press) The steady loss of local newspapers and journalists across the country contributes to the nation’s […]

Need to Know: January 30, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: For podcasting, the stakes have gotten higher, the big players have taken notice, and the influx of publishers of all shapes and sizes puts pressure on a podcast economy that still lags in terms of monetization and […]

Need to Know: January 29, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “This increase, as with others in recent years, is not about inflation. It’s about survival and about how the economics of news is changing” — The Washington Post’s former ombudsman Patrick Pexton explaining to readers, in 2013, […]

Need to Know: January 28, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Major layoffs at BuzzFeed, Gannett and HuffPost bring a rocky week in journalism to a close (Poynter) But did you know: Fears are growing that current models of paying for online journalism are broken (The Guardian) BuzzFeed and HuffPost […]

Need to Know: January 25, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: If you let commenters go after your reporters, it hurts your credibility with other readers (Nieman Lab) But did you know: How online comments can damage readers’ perceptions of your entire newsroom (Center for Media Engagement) Uncivil comments can […]

Need to Know: January 24, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Hedge-fund-backed media group Digital First Media makes bid for Gannett (The Wall Street Journal) But did you know: Gannett is laying off journalists across the country (Poynter) Gannett began eliminating jobs all across the country Wednesday in a […]

Need to Know: January 23, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In 2016, The Coral Project unveiled its first product, an open-source app called Trust, to make comments better (Washington Post) But did you know: Vox Media is acquiring The Coral Project, an open-source publishing platform housed within the […]

Need to Know: January 22, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Friday denied an explosive BuzzFeed report that his investigators had gathered evidence showing President Trump told his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress (The Washington Post) But did you know: BuzzFeed […]