News literacy

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

Below you will find our other reports or curated insights on this topic.

How do you make ‘digital creativity’ as familiar as writing?

The BBC unveiled details this week on its Make It Digital initiative, a partnership with 50 organizations, including Google, Microsoft and Samsung, which includes giving coding devices to every 11-year-old in the UK (about 1 million). The project aims to “inspire the digital visionaries of the future” with an ambition to “help digital creativity become […]

API working on a new tool for educating young news consumers

When most of us grew up it was clear what we meant by “the news.” We saw boundaries — the nightly newscast, the confines of a newspaper, bulletins on a radio broadcast. Those sources still exist, but so do many more. Young people today are immersed in media, receiving news, marketing and messages from many […]

How they Snapchat: The Huffington Post, Fusion, Mashable, NPR,, and The Verge

Justin Ellis writes about how six news outlets are approaching Snapchat, and not all on the Discover section. “News organizations say their Snapchat presence needs to match the tone of their outlet,” writes Ellis. “That’s why, the joint web presence of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, is focusing its efforts on covering local […]

Both publishers and people don’t care enough about whether viral content is true

Craig Silverman’s in-depth, 100+ page research on the spread of misinformation challenges media on their role in spreading falsehoods. Mathew Ingram notes how the media environment has changed over time, the incentives for publishers with viral news, and how now “the media we consume comes at us from all directions, and the original source isn’t […]

The UK’s Daily Mail’s approach to Snapchat Discover, and courting a new US demographic

While much has been written about Snapchat’s possible “game-changing” opportunities for news, Ben Clarke writes about how Daily Mail is using the launch to reach for the demographic of young females 13-25 in the US. For the Daily Mail this meant reassessing how to deliver its content on mobile in general. Said Clarke of the […]

NIE Week 2015 and API’s growing work on reaching a new generation of news consumers

As we approach News in Education Week (the first week of March, this year March 2 – 6), we wanted to share an update about the American Press Institute’s increasing work in matters related to helping young people be better news consumers and helping publishers better reach the next generation. API hosts and has built […]

Young people value relationships and authenticity online, find it lacking in news media

Hank Green defends his participation as one of three YouTube video creators selected to interview the president after the State of the Union. The interviews received ridicule on cable news and as Green says, “even new media companies like Vice were dismissive.” Green notes, however, “there’s a problem that needs to be solved and this […]

How Finnish publisher Helsingin Sanomat experimented with 2 months on WhatsApp

“We noted that the activity of young people has gone down on Facebook, even here in Finland,” said news editor Jussi Pullinen, which got her team thinking about reaching younger readers through WhatsApp, a mobile messaging service growing in that country and elsewhere. The team decided to try a one-message daily “newsletter” drawn from its […]

Like most people, teens’ use of social media is significantly shaped by race and class, geography and cultural background

Last week Andrew Watts published a Medium essay, “A Teenager’s View on Social Media written by an actual teen,” which was subsequently shared far and wide and drew the attention of teen researcher danah boyd. In this essay, boyd responds to the article, noting that Watts’ essay should not be taken as representative of everyone. […]

Google, tricky ads, frustrated reporters: The AEJMC research

All this week in Montreal, faculty and students from around the world are presenting studies and research on an immense variety of mass communications topics.  About 2,000 people are attending the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference this year, with hundreds of presentations and work sessions taking place. You can read summaries of many of the […]