Good Questions Q&As

Editor’s Note: We discontinued our Good Questions Q&A series in early 2020. However, you can peruse API’s body of written work, including interviews with innovators in local news, here.

Our Good Questions Q&A series takes you inside the heads of leaders and thinkers who can illuminate the path forward for news organizations.

Many of the interview subjects are people in the news business doing interesting things. Others bring you powerful ideas from outside the news industry, from people like Harvard Business School professor and disruption theory expert Clayton Christensen, Microsoft researcher and youth culture expert danah boyd, or technology futurist Amy Webb.

Creating a culture around engagement and reporting: 9 good questions with Michelle Holmes of the Alabama Media Group

This is part one of a two-part series on a partnership between the Alabama Media Group and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Part one focuses on the Alabama Media Group’s innovation in investigative journalism lab and part two will be about CIR experimenting with new revenue streams as a nonprofit news organization. Read part two […]

How to lean against your biases: A conversation with Daniel Kahneman

It’s not hard to find a reason to recommend Daniel Kahneman’s book, Thinking, Fast and Slow. Kahneman’s book helps understand not only human behavior and decision making, but also journalism and how news stories are reported. His work describes the ways people interpret information incorrectly or with bias — flaws in thinking that can seep […]

An in-house CMS for immersive storytelling: 7 good questions with Jeremy Sherlick of the Council on Foreign Relations

Over the last year, we’ve seen a wide range of interactives from a variety of news sources and we will continue to see more organizations of all scopes do this type of immersive video and multimedia storytelling. The Council on Foreign Relations is a think tank, a membership organization, but also a publisher. CFR has […]

Finding a non-local niche: 6 good questions with Boston Globe’s new Catholicism editor John Allen

Until recently, John L. Allen, Jr. was a senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, one of the largest independent Catholic news publications. He’s the author of the “All Things Catholic” column, senior Vatican analyst for CNN, and the author of nine books on Vatican and Catholic affairs. He’s widely-held as one of the most […]

Modernizing news in the classroom: 7 good questions with the New York Times’ ‘The Learning Network’

Take a look at the New York Times’ blog directory and you’ll see one that’s different than the others: The Learning Network. Originally, in 1998, The Learning Network was the Times’ platform to provide teachers with lessons plans based on Times’ content. In 2009, however, they transformed the platform — and really, the whole idea […]

Breaking down barriers to reading news: 7 good questions with Newsela’s Jennifer Coogan

Newsela is a less-than-a-year-old educational technology startup that uses news articles to teach reading comprehension to youth. What makes Newsela unique is that Chief Content Officer Jennifer Coogan and her team of a dozen freelancers break down and rewrite news relevant to youth, creating versions of the same story at different reading levels. They do […]

Planning for tomorrow’s 20-somethings: 6 good questions with youth researcher danah boyd

danah boyd is a well-known and well-Twitter-followed scholar on topics of both youth and social media. She’s a principal researcher at Microsoft, a research assistant professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center. Very recently, you might have seen news of the launch of danah’s think/do […]

Why fact-checking is the root of journalism: 8 good questions with PolitiFact’s Angie Drobnic Holan

Angie Drobnic Holan is top editor in charge of PolitiFact, a news unit within the Tampa Bay Times organization. She sees fact-checking as a part of journalists’ mission to hold politicians accountable. While technology has changed quickly and challenged the work of journalists, the roots of journalism have not changed and may even become more […]

Correction strategies: 6 good questions with Regret the Error’s Craig Silverman

Craig Silverman is the quotable, go-to source for your publication’s stories on media errors. Outside his job as director of content at Spundge, he writes the popular Regret the Error column at Poynter, which chronicles media errors and takes a look at what went wrong. He’s also the person behind this tweetable story to keep […]

Revisiting disruption: 8 good questions with Clayton Christensen

Clayton Christensen is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers in the world on innovation and disruption. The Economist magazine called his 1997 book “The Innovator’s Dilemma” one of the six most important books about business ever written. The Kim B. Clark professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Christensen is the […]