Political and government reporting

Local newsrooms should talk about how to cover politicians who promote conspiracy theories like QAnon

Covering conspiracy theories and those who spread them has always been a tricky proposition for journalists. If you are in the business of trying to publish what’s true, how do you treat things that are untrue without amplifying them? When is the right time to write about them and what is the right way to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Covering the campaign during coronavirus: What journalists need to know

This is the second in a series of articles aimed at helping local news leaders and experts address misinformation and election integrity issues in the lead-up to November. The first, here, covered how news organizations can be transparent with audiences about fighting election-related misinformation.  Seven months before Election Day, the coronavirus has pushed the 2020 […]

Are you fighting misinformation? Tell your audience

This post is part of API’s 2020 election network, a project to help local news leaders and experts address misinformation and election integrity issues in the lead up to November. On Thursday, March 26 at 1 p.m. ET, Joy — director of Trusting News — will be answering your questions about building trust. Sign up […]

Election 2020: The role of local news in honest elections

Voters get information about candidates, issues and the mechanics of their elections from an increasingly vast media ecosystem that includes conventional media, partisan media, social media and even outright “fake news” sites. As contradictory messages proliferate, it can be hard for people to know what, exactly, is true. What should legitimate news outlets do in […]

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: Takeaways from the SOTU

Fact-checking the State of the Union The State of the Union represents, as CNN’s Brian Stelter called it, the Super Bowl of fact-checking. And like this year’s football game, there was a lot of interest for an event that may or may not have lived up to its hype, depending on your perspective. After watching the […]

Fact-checkers adapt to heightened combat, facing politicians who are repeating lies and pushing back

Fact-checkers in the past year have come to resemble emergency physicians doing triage in a raging epidemic. The amount of work is overwhelming, but they feel more essential than ever. Volume is not their only challenge. At both national and local levels, the journalists who attempt to hold politicians accountable for telling the truth are […]