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Need to Know: September 22, 2020

Election insights from the AP, a plan to rescue hedge fund-owned newspapers, and how to recognize AI-generated submissions

How to Cover Election Administration in the Midst of a Pandemic

The pandemic, coupled with ongoing litigation, has created a new environment for the administration of American elections. Many voters have misconceptions or concerns about voting this year, especially when they assume information they come across in national news or through social media reflects local circumstances. These misconceptions present fertile ground for misinformation, confusion, and other […]

Need to Know: September 21, 2020

Thinking of diversity as community-building, a hotline for advice on race and gender coverage, and a Supreme Court reporter remembers RBG

Need to Know: September 18, 2020

Local news outlets expand territory, scholarships for ONA20, and TV investigative reports move to streaming services

Need to Know: September 17, 2020

How to build a membership program, beat reporting is changing during the pandemic, and meet the new Table Stakes coaches

Factually: Threats real and imagined

It would be easy if we could just write off conspiracy theories as harmless nonsense. Alas, they might be nonsense, but they’re not harmless. A number of stories this week point to the ways conspiracy theories can lead to harm by causing believers to fear — and sometimes act on — imagined threats, even as […]

American Press Institute introduces 2020 Table Stakes coaches

The American Press Institute (API) today announced the addition of six news leaders from across the journalism industry who will coach news organizations in this year’s Major Market cohort of Table Stakes. The innovative yearlong program, supported by the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, helps news leaders transform their organizations’ journalism and business through intensive […]

How listening informed La Estrella de Tucsón’s reporting during COVID-19

When COVID-19 infection rates began rising in southern Arizona in early spring, two things quickly became clear: one, predominantly Hispanic communities were suffering more than white communities, and two, people in those communities were desperate for reliable, relevant news — ideally, news in their native language. Prior to the pandemic, Liliana López Ruelas, Hispanic community […]

Need to Know: September 15, 2020

How to win journalism grants, using threat modeling to guide election coverage, and who’s into ‘slow news’

Need to Know: September 14, 2020

Apply for free fundraising training, bringing the ‘citizens’ agenda’ to a debate, and how sportswriters are doing their jobs from afar