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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.

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 […]

Apply for funds to help start 2019 with better newsroom analytics

News organizations who want to prioritize audience-driven storytelling and simplify their analytics with easy-to-use dashboards can now take advantage of subsidized access to the Metrics for News software and services provided by the American Press Institute. Thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, subsidies are now available to use […]

Welcome API’s new audience engagement strategist, Shirley Qiu

Hi, everyone! I’m the American Press Institute’s new Audience Engagement Strategist. Nice to meet you all. I’ll be working on the Metrics for News team, helping newsrooms around the country make sense of their analytics, and better understand and reach their audiences. (If you’re unfamiliar with Metrics for News, it’s a pretty sweet analytics tool […]

What do newspapers lose when they use non-professional photography?

Photojournalists have not fared well in recent years. In some newsrooms, entire photojournalism staffs have been eliminated. Publishers concerned about the bottom line may reason that photojournalism is a dying art. After all, smartphones are abundant and can be used to create high-quality images. But are photos from non-professionals as compelling as those produced by […]

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