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API provides many different resources that news organizations, educators, advisors, parents and students can use to better understand how news and media works.

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Helping readers tell the difference between news and opinion: 7 good questions with Duke Reporters’ Lab’s Rebecca Iannucci

One possible explanation for declining trust in news organizations is blurry lines between news and opinion. If someone doesn’t like a commentator’s stance on particular issues, that could color how they look at everything else that news organization does. Plus, research by API shows that people are finding it difficult to tell the difference between […]

WAN-IFRA releases first findings from API-supported inquiry on news literacy

This week is the annual “News in Education Week,” a time when NIE programs at newspaper media across the U.S. typically draw additional attention to the work they seek to do year-round: help young people understand journalism and its value. Coinciding with NIE Week, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has also […]

Supporting news literacy: An update on what API is doing

Enabling young people to feel equipped to navigate the media environment — and perhaps even make it better — is crucial. This week in March is traditionally observed as News in Education Week, and given our history with those programs through the former Newspaper Association of America’s foundation, we wanted to give an update on […]

Tips for how President Trump can improve his media literacy

“With cries of ‘fake news’ coming from all sides, schools are stepping up — teaching media literacy to help students distinguish rumor from fact, hoax from reality” — and President Trump’s suggestion of a terrorist attack in Sweden shows he needs a crash course, too, Margaret Sullivan writes. Though these media literacy tips may be […]

API to partner with Newsela, Rock the Vote for digital student election

At American Press Institute we have the benefit of building upon the work of the Newspaper Association of America’s Foundation, with which API merged with in 2012. Since the inception of the new API, we have remained committed to offering resources for teachers and newspaper professionals who want to teach about news and use it […]

Embrace a culture of experimentation to find methods of reaching young audiences

In the end, successfully reaching Millennial readers requires a process of continually striving to understand this audience — by empowering younger staffers from diverse backgrounds in your newsroom, by writing in an authentic voice, by creating strong visual components to your content, by meeting their needs for news on busy schedules, by understanding as a […]

The best practices for reaching a Millennial audience

The long-term viability of media companies today depends on understanding Millennials — a massive, influential demographic that grew up connected to the Internet, social platforms, and smart devices. This generation, tethered to the world through technology, has developed digital routines that directly affect how they consume and share news. Younger readers have expectations about the […]

Step up your visual journalism skills to stand out in social media

In our study of Millennial news habits, we found that, while there are many pathways to news for young news consumers, social media plays a preeminent role. Looked at as a whole, 88 percent of Millennials get news from Facebook, 83 percent look to YouTube, and 50 percent stays current through Instagram. These are overwhelmingly […]

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