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: January 18, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “Delay, deny and deflect”: How Facebook’s leaders have fought through crisis (The New York Times) But did you know: How Facebook should embrace meaningful interac— er, accountability (Nieman Lab) Researchers from Stanford and Oxford Universities examined Facebook’s attempts to […]

Need to Know: January 17, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: CNN.com editor in chief says the outlet needs to get better at showing its work, and “Dial up the efforts to be transparent about when we get things wrong or when we change things” (Recode) But did you […]

Need to Know: January 16, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The ad-blocking wars are moving to mobile (Poynter) But did you know: Ad blocking is still a ‘substantial threat to publisher revenue streams’ (Digiday) Ad blocking, which caused mild hysteria in 2016, no longer grabs as many headlines but […]

Need to Know: January 15, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Starting in 2014, several media companies began to take their own publishing systems and repurpose them as platforms that could be used by other publishers (Nieman Lab) But did you know: WordPress.com announces funding to design a publishing […]

Need to Know: January 14, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “Predatory financial institutions have played an enormous, under-appreciated role in the ongoing local journalism apocalypse” (The New Republic) But did you know: Hedge-fund-backed media group Digital First Media makes bid for Gannett (The Wall Street Journal) A hedge-fund-backed […]

Need to Know: January 11, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: As media emphasize subscriptions, news organizations seek to understand different reader types and how to drive each type to subscribe But did you know: Subscription and membership models will become the key revenue focus for the news industry […]

Need to Know: January 10, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Younger Americans are more likely than older Americans to think most news reports are fairly inaccurate, according to our 2018 Media Insight Project study But did you know: People older than 65 share the most fake news, a […]

Need to Know: January 9, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Trump’s border address sparks “extraordinary” debate inside and outside TV networks (CNN) But did you know: Anchors scramble to fact-check Trump after prime-time address (The New York Times) The decision by major broadcast networks to carry Trump’s address live […]

Need to Know: January 8, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Cable news networks no longer air every Trump rally live, instead choosing to monitor events and bring viewers information deemed newsworthy (CNN) But did you know: After initial debate, networks agree to air Trump’s prime time address tonight (CNN) […]

Need to Know: January 7, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: 2017 was the year of push alerts (Nieman Lab) But did you know: In 2018, push alerts featured less yelling and more thinking (Nieman Lab) An analysis of 30 publishers’ mobile notifications shows that the infrastructure of alerts has […]