Publications

This page collects the latest from a broad range of the original content API publishes, including survey research on news audiences, strategy studies that offer practical guidance for news organizations, and updates about the work we’re doing.

Local newsrooms should talk about how to cover politicians who promote conspiracy theories like QAnon

Covering conspiracy theories and those who spread them has always been a tricky proposition for journalists. If you are in the business of trying to publish what’s true, how do you treat things that are untrue without amplifying them? When is the right time to write about them and what is the right way to […]

Deadline extended: Apply to improve your 2020 elections coverage with API’s Metrics for News

The American Press Institute has reopened applications for free access to an analytics program that will help publishers track and improve their 2020 elections coverage based on audience needs and engagement. The analytics tool, along with coaching from API staff, will be available at no cost for up to to 60 newsrooms from now through […]

American Press Institute announces 2020 Table Stakes cohort

Six news organizations from across the country will participate in the 2020 Major Market Table Stakes program, a yearlong innovative learning program facilitated by API that helps news organizations transform their journalism and business through intensive change-management training for news leaders. This year’s cohort includes the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., the Akron Beacon Journal […]

How female TV journalists deal with the emotional toll of harassment

This piece is part of API’s Research Review series, which highlights academic research that could be relevant and useful to the news industry. We also hope that this series will spark ideas among academics with an interest in researching the news. Harassment of female television journalists – both online and offline – happens frequently, often daily. Most […]

Apply for free access to improve your 2020 elections coverage using API’s Metrics for News

The American Press Institute has built a special analytics tool that will help newsrooms better understand how their communities are engaging with their 2020 elections coverage and is making the tool available at no cost for up to to 60 newsrooms from now through November. The special elections-focused dashboards are a new feature of API’s […]

New grant will allow API to help newsrooms better understand and refine their coverage of the 2020 elections

Support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies will provide a special version of API’s advanced Metrics for News app free to 60 publishers. The American Press Institute today announced it received a grant of $176,400 from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to help news organizations more effectively cover the 2020 elections. The grant will enable API to build special […]

How COVID-19 is reshaping grantmaking and what news organizations should know

Just when news organizations are feeling the weight of unprecedented audience urgency, the numbing sear of burnout, and the effects of cratering ad revenues, foundations are uncorking millions of dollars in support. This is a precious moment of opportunity in a precarious time for our industry and the communities we serve. But there are substantial […]

How news organizations are asking for audience support in the time of coronavirus

Many news organizations with paid subscriptions are removing barriers to their coronavirus coverage as a public service, and putting that content in front of their meter or paywall. Pairing messaging about the free coverage with a subscription offer is a great way to remind readers the value of journalism while prompting them to support their […]

20 publishers earn free access to track COVID-19 coverage in Metrics for News

In response to the enormous impact of the pandemic on news organizations and communities around the world, API created a special dashboard in our analytics tool Metrics for News to help newsrooms assess the impact of their COVID-19 coverage. Today we’re excited to announce 20 news organizations will receive free access to that data to […]

How Documented uses WhatsApp to reach local immigrant communities

As the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted daily life in the U.S. and around the world, many news organizations have turned to texting services to reach their communities with critical news and information. Platforms like Reach, GroundSource and Subtext have helped news outlets learn about audiences’ information needs and address them directly via SMS. Some news […]