Publications

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.

Deadline extended: Apply to assess and improve your 2020 elections coverage with API’s Metrics for News

*The new deadline is Sept. 15, 2020 The American Press Institute has reopened applications for free access to an analytics program that will help publishers track and improve their 2020 elections coverage based on audience needs and engagement. The analytics tool, along with coaching from API staff and connections to a cohort of newsrooms focused […]

American Press Institute announces 2020 Table Stakes cohort

Six news organizations from across the country will participate in the 2020 Major Market Table Stakes program, a yearlong innovative learning program facilitated by API that helps news organizations transform their journalism and business through intensive change-management training for news leaders. This year’s cohort includes the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., the Akron Beacon Journal […]

The primaries so far: Are states ready for November?

The 2020 primaries so far in states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have shown a lack of readiness for voting in a pandemic. Many states are, at the same time, implementing new rules or laws, meaning voters and elections officials were already dealing with change before the health crisis hit. Journalists, advocates and policymakers are all […]

Trusted Elections Network Round-Up, 6/16/20

API’s Trusted Elections Network connects journalists with experts in elections and misinformation to help audiences participate knowingly and meaningfully in elections this year. As part of that effort, we’ll publish occasional roundups of elections- and misinformation-related news we’re tracking, especially from participants in the network. If you’d like to learn more about the Trusted Elections […]

How female TV journalists deal with the emotional toll of harassment

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. Harassment of female television journalists – both online and offline – happens frequently, often daily. Most […]

New grant will allow API to help newsrooms better understand and refine their coverage of the 2020 elections

Support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies will provide a special version of API’s advanced Metrics for News app free to 60 publishers. The American Press Institute today announced it received a grant of $176,400 from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to help news organizations more effectively cover the 2020 elections. The grant will enable API to build special […]

Talking about misinformation with First Draft

The spread of misinformation can be a black box. Bubbles, filters and algorithms form the boundaries of our online life, and they tend to delineate what we see when we’re browsing. We may try to reflect on what we’re missing and seek news from an atypical source to keep ourselves in check. But even if […]

Nine lessons from Wisconsin’s chaotic spring election

Wisconsin’s election on April 7 was a test of how a democracy functions in a pandemic.  Democracy held on, but at a price. The election offered a window into the logistical challenges of trying to forge ahead with voting at a time of social distancing, and it was a closely watched battleground in the larger […]

Trusted Elections Network Round-Up, 5/7/20

API’s Trusted Elections Network connects journalists with experts in elections and misinformation to help audiences participate knowingly and meaningfully in elections this year. As part of that effort, we’ll publish occasional roundups of elections- and misinformation-related news we’re tracking, especially from participants in the network. If you’d like to learn more about the Trusted Elections […]

How COVID-19 is reshaping grantmaking and what news organizations should know

Just when news organizations are feeling the weight of unprecedented audience urgency, the numbing sear of burnout, and the effects of cratering ad revenues, foundations are uncorking millions of dollars in support. This is a precious moment of opportunity in a precarious time for our industry and the communities we serve. But there are substantial […]