The American Press Institute conducts research and training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to chart a path ahead for journalism and news media in the 21st century.


Founded in 1946, the American Press Institute’s (API) mission was to help the news industry fulfill the purpose of the First Amendment – to sustain a free press in the public interest. That mission continues in the modern era.


API initially was located at Columbia University’s Journalism School before moving in 1974 to Reston, Va. In early 2012 API merged with the NAA Foundation, which was established in 1963. The new organization has since expanded its mission of training through research, convening, digital education, workshops and more.


API is an educational non-advocacy 501(c)3 nonprofit organization affiliated with the News Media Alliance. It aims to help the news media, especially local publishers and newspaper media, advance in the digital age.


Visit the American Press Institute website for more information.