Report: API to become part of NAA

I’m told that the American Press Institute (API) is expected to become part of the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) early next year, possibly as an asset of NAA Foundation.

“Both NAA and API have shrunk considerably in recent years, just like all journalism nonprofits,” my source points out. This has been discussed for at least two years, I’m told, and the talks intensified after Caroline Little — a former API board member — was named NAA president in June.

Little told me this morning: “We’ve been talking about possibly putting the two together, but there’s nothing definitive at this point.”

I hear that an official announcement could come as early as February.

API board chairman Tom Silvestri was in a meeting this morning at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he’s publisher. I’ll post his comment after we talk.