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: March 4, 2021

We are hiring a Director of Inclusion & Audience Growth, the growth of philanthropy in local news, and how to assess a news ecosystem

Need to Know: March 3, 2021

How to incorporate engagement into daily work, documenting local news outside the coasts, and the first newspaper-liquor store combo

Need to Know: March 2, 2021

Half of digital subscribers are ‘zombies,’ how some alt-weeklies have survived COVID-19, and how to translate vaccine reporting

Need to Know: March 1, 2021

How to pitch an audience engagement project, Marty Baron’s parting advice for democracy, and the effects of a ‘megapublisher’

Need to Know: February 26, 2021

A first step to regaining conservatives’ trust in news, one place to access public records, and supporting grassroots community news

Need to Know: February 25, 2021

How to revive your unengaged subscribers, investing in America’s Black press, and can a news org leave Facebook and be just fine

Need to Know: February 24, 2021

Explain why you protect people’s privacy in stories, how to do a source diversity audit, and nonprofit news grew in 2020

Need to Know: February 23, 2021

How callouts close audience feedback loops, most Americans say they saw made-up news in 2020, and Facebook reverses Australian news ban

Need to Know: February 22, 2021

How alumni can support student newspapers, a day in the life of an ‘audience journalist,’ and Canada will ask Facebook to pay for news

Need to Know: February 19, 2021

A new method for mapping local news, how to help readers stay civically engaged, and fact-checking could use some humor