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: Jan. 6, 2020

A talent crisis in local news, online media job growth, and how to use constructive journalism to engage audiences

Need to Know: Jan. 3, 2020

Last chance to apply for our internship, how to use a Customer Lifetime Value metric, and a trend of ‘speculative journalism’

Need to Know: Jan. 2, 2020

Getting hard-to-reach sources, churn becomes a central problem, and New Year’s resolutions for covering President Trump

Need to Know: Dec. 23, 2019

Publishers look to non-Facebook traffic sources, closing a toxic comments section, and what happens when local papers close

Need to Know: Dec. 20, 2019

Subscribers may demand fewer ads, data journalists supporting each other, and a better approach to crime reporting

Need to Know: Dec. 19, 2019

Sell subscriptions by showcasing the journalism, collaborating with student journalists, and tracking your source diversity

Need to Know: Dec. 18, 2019

Online-only news fights for respect, the human toll of 3,300 journalist layoffs in 2019, and how to solve podcasting’s big challenges

Need to Know: Dec. 17, 2019

How to tap your niche communities, Facebook labels some media ‘state controlled’ and ‘bothsidesism’ pollutes impeachment coverage

Need to Know: Dec. 16, 2019

Anticipate audience questions, collaboration across hundreds of news orgs, and fighting fake news starts locally

Need to Know: Dec. 13, 2019

There is not enough investment in subscriber retention, Wikipedia’s role in local community information, and local news isn’t dying