This page collects the latest from a broad range of the original content API publishes, including survey research on news audiences, strategy studies that offer practical guidance for news organizations, and updates about the work we’re doing.

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 […]

Thank you to these 2020 collaborators for strengthening journalism

2020 was a hinge moment in American history and for journalism. As the year passes, we wanted to take a moment to thank those with whom we were fortunate enough to collaborate. If fact-based journalism is to survive and serve democracy, it will owe much to the expertise, dedication, insight, leadership and passion of those […]

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 […]

Two innovative news leaders join API Board of Trustees

The American Press Institute today announced two new members of its Board of Trustees: Paulette Brown-Hinds, founder of Voice Media Ventures, and Amanda Zamora, co-founder and publisher of The 19th. The two leaders expand API’s board experience in leading independent news businesses and nonprofits. The founder of Voice Media Ventures, Brown-Hinds is a second-generation publisher […]

Best practices for journalists covering crises on Twitter

This piece is part of API’s Research Review series, which highlights academic research that could be relevant and useful to the news industry. We also hope that this series will spark ideas among academics with an interest in researching the news. It may seem that this year has been one crisis after another — a […]

Why the Philadelphia Inquirer is investing in service journalism

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, many newsrooms began pouring energy and resources into producing news that audiences could use to navigate the crisis as it pertained to their lives — whether they were dealing with sickness or job loss, adapting to at-home schooling and childcare, or merely trying to make […]

API and REJ to help publishers of color connect community listening and revenue

Borealis Philanthropy’s Racial Equity in Journalism Fund and the American Press Institute announced a partnership today to support publishers of color who want to explore how learning methods for listening and in-depth engagement with specific audience segments can lead to stronger journalism and new revenue streams. Over the next year, API and REJ together will […]

13 tips for covering likely election scenarios

American elections are highly decentralized, with local and state laws and processes governing election administration in more than 10,000 jurisdictions across the country. As in elections past, issues will pop up in some jurisdictions and not in others. It’s critical for journalists to understand what those issues might be, how the misinformation ecosystem will accelerate […]