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API publishes essays, interviews and other short-form content about the innovative and replicable work being done inside news organizations, as well as ideas and research that can further audience-centered journalism.

Getting the conversation around trust in media unstuck

This is the third installment of a column from API Executive Director Tom Rosenstiel, published in partnership with the Poynter Institute, about the press and politics, culture and media ethics, technology and the search for sustainability for news. Read the first column here and the second here. Journalists — at least good ones — believe they […]

How local news organizations are taking steps to recover from a year of trauma

More than a year after the global pandemic became official, local journalism still grapples with the fallout — not only from the coronavirus but also by an intense nationwide racial reckoning, regional disasters including fires and storms, and ever-present gun violence and mass shootings. The flood of news events over the past year also exacerbated […]

How newsrooms can do less work – but have more impact

We’ve published a lot of articles at API about innovative things that news organizations are doing — they’re hosting events, they’re launching newsletters, they’re starting new beats, they’re translating more stories, they’re running reader hotlines, they’re campaigning for civility. All of it is good and meaningful work. But you know what our most popular piece […]

Keeping opinion local: The benefits of cutting national politics from opinion sections

When news organizations face cuts, opinion editors and writers are some of the first on the chopping block: Their work can be replaced by that of national syndicated columnists, saving precious dollars. But new research suggests that the long-term effects of that decision may be detrimental to local news organizations. Local news audiences, treated to […]

7 questions to help local media rebound in 2021

Worldwide, the lives of most journalists have been consumed over the past 12 months by cataclysmic events both anticipated and unexpected. But no media organization has been battered more than the local newsroom. Journalists in America’s towns and small cities were the first responders to massive COVID-19 outbreaks, police shootings, protests, violent demonstrations, fractious political […]

Is local journalism dying? Look closer.

This is the second installment of a column from API Executive Director Tom Rosenstiel, published in partnership with the Poynter Institute, about the press and politics, culture and media ethics, technology and the search for sustainability for news. Read the first column here. “Chaos often breeds life when order breeds habit,” wrote Henry Adams. So it […]

Block Club Chicago’s coronavirus hotline connects readers with questions to reporters with answers

People have questions. Journalists have answers. But it can be surprisingly difficult to connect the two. Someone wondering, for example, what COVID-19 testing options are available in their neighborhood can easily miss that story from their local news source, and they probably won’t go digging around on its website to find it. Helpful information can […]

How a small-town paper is applying conflict mediation skills to its opinion content

Editor’s Note: The American Press Institute is exploring how news organizations are reimagining opinion journalism to support constructive conversations in their communities. This essay by Julie Hart, digital editor for The Laconia Daily Sun in Laconia, New Hampshire, follows a series of 2019 essays and summit. *** Our small, community newspaper in rural New Hampshire has always stuck […]

A new chapter for the press: 5 ideas for moving forward after Trump

A new column from API Executive Director Tom Rosenstiel, published in partnership with the Poynter Institute, about the press and politics, culture and media ethics, technology and the search for sustainability for news. Today, in partnership with Poynter, I launch a new column. In the coming months, it will cover a range of matters — the […]

How collaborating helped two Idaho publishers engage Latino audiences

A core goal of journalism is to lift up underheard voices. Sometimes, the best way to do that is to give those voices a stage and a microphone — and then get out of the way. That’s what happened at the culmination of a yearlong effort between Idaho Education News, a nonprofit news site, and […]