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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 21, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Facebook is building out “accelerator” programs to help publishers develop subscription and membership revenue (Facebook) But did you know: Google starts ‘subscriptions lab’ for local publishers to develop paid content (Digiday) Google is adding to its year-old Google News […]

Need to Know: March 20, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Facebook is committing $300 million to support news, with an emphasis on local (Nieman Lab) But did you know: How Facebook is spending more to ensure wary publishers rely on it less (Digiday) After years of courting publishers to […]

Need to Know: March 19, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In 2018 Facebook announced it will launch Today In, a section in News Feed that will highlight local news and information (Facebook) But did you know: In many cases, Facebook can’t find enough local news for its Today In […]

Need to Know: March 18, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In 2018 Facebook drastically changed News Feed to make it “good for people” (and bad for most publishers) (Nieman Lab) But did you know: One year in, Facebook’s big algorithm change has spurred an angry, Fox News-dominated — […]

Need to Know: March 15, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The Knight Foundation puts $300 million toward rebuilding local news ecosystems (Knight Foundation) But did you know:As major newspapers continue shrinking, more cities are starting to build ecosystems that focus on better coverage instead of competition (Poynter) On […]

Need to Know: March 14, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Twitter is wondering whether Twitter is bad for society — and Jack Dorsey is starting new research to find out (Recode) But did you know: Twitter reveals big changes to conversations and new camera features (NBC News) Twitter is […]

Need to Know: March 13, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: How the Minneapolis Star-Tribune used calendar invites and other practical tools to help readers “be better voters” (Better News) But did you know: Calendars might be the next great online publishing tool (Poynter) Some news organizations have been […]

Need to Know: March 12, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is on a White House hit list for elimination (Nieman Lab) But did you know: Trump wants to kill federal funding for PBS and NPR (again); it won’t happen, but it’s still damaging (Nieman […]

Need to Know: March 11, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: From 2008 to 2017, newspaper newsrooms shrank by 45 percent (Pew Research Center) But did you know: More than 1,400 other cities and towns across the U.S. have lost a newspaper over the past 15 years (AP) As circulation […]

Need to Know: March 8, 2019

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Facebook will reorient itself from a public forum to a private messaging platform (Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg) But did you know: Will private sharing mark the end of Facebook’s supposed commitment to helping journalism? (Columbia Journalism Review) Facebook’s shift to […]

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