Publications

This page collects the latest from a broad range of the original content API publishes, including Q&As with leaders and thinkers who illuminate the path forward for news organizations, and in-depth research reports.

Field Notes: We’ll be talking about newsroom culture and mentorship in public media in D.C.

On Thursday and Friday, API’s director of newsroom learning Amy L. Kovac-Ashley will attend the annual conference of the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) in Washington, D.C. On Thursday, you’ll see her at the pre-conference afternoon discussion at NPR about the culture of journalism, where PRNDI’s Culture of Journalism Collaborative will talk about best […]

How can journalists deliver the truth in ways that audiences will believe and trust it — and help people get out of their corners?

Journalists are operating in an environment unlike anything they’ve faced before. Fact-based reporting is under assault from public officials who call journalists the enemy of the people. Audiences, more connected through technology, have more exposure to misinformation and propaganda. Most journalists are trained, thoughtful professionals who have spent whole careers trying to get at the […]

Apply now for year-long support to build community listening into your newsroom

The American Press Institute has opened applications for a new year-long program to support news organizations that want to build more of their journalism based on community listening. We’re looking for individuals who want their journalism to be better informed and inspired by their communities’ needs but who need guidance on strategies to make that […]

Factually: Lessons from fact-checking the Notre Dame fire

By now, most people who operate in the world of misinformation are well aware of the conspiracy theories associated with the fire at Paris’ Cathedral of Notre Dame this week. The hoaxes came swiftly and unabashedly: assertions the fire was deliberately started, that there were chants of “Allahu Akbar” outside the church and that a […]

How surveillance concerns affect national security journalists

Today’s journalists owe so much to modern technologies like social media, mobile apps, digital recording devices and cloud storage space — all of which can make reporting easier. However, many of those same technologies are now associated with potential security risks. Mass-surveillance stories like the whistle-blowing saga of Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency […]

Factually: Facebook plays election whack-a-mole

Facebook tackles election misinformation This month, elections kick off in at least five countries around the world. As a result, Facebook and other tech platforms have been doing some last-minute preparation to try to protect their platforms from misinformation. In India, where voters have been stricken with misinformation in the lead-up to the start of the general […]

To help reduce polarization, let’s re-envision news’ opinion sections

Many communities across the country today have unprecedented opportunity to converse with each other, understand one another’s views, and find workable solutions or approaches to the mutual challenges they face. At the same time, we all know this doesn’t always happen. At API, we’re interested in the role opinion journalism can play in facilitating better […]

How to build a metrics-savvy newsroom

Journalists have a reputation for dismissing data about their stories. But it’s undeserved. After all, the axiom “if it bleeds, it leads” describes a newsroom practice driven by the metrics of newsstand sales and broadcast ratings. Pulitzers and Emmys are qualitative data that indicates a reporter’s work is respected by her peers. Journalists don’t hate […]

Nine news organizations receive API’s Metrics for News analytics with Knight Foundation support

We are excited to announce today a new cohort of newsrooms using Metrics for News, the American Press Institute’s analytics dashboard and content strategy program. Metrics for News gives newsrooms powerful journalism analytics that go beyond traditional traffic metrics and offers unique tools to help grow audiences, deepen engagement and drive subscriptions. It’s a strategic […]

How journalists are using DocumentCloud to support facts in their stories

Anti-press sentiment, fueled in no small part by President Trump, has left news organizations looking for new ways to bolster lagging trust. One way to increase trust is to improve the transparency of newsrooms by making journalists’ information-gathering processes more visible to the public. Some newsrooms are accomplishing this by using DocumentCloud, an online platform […]