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American Press Institute Closing Up Shop

After January merger, Friday is the last day for Reston-based newspaper industry organization.

One of Reston's original office buildings will be vacant after today, the last day of work for staff at the

The API merged with the Newspaper Association of America in January. Neither the NAA or API would comment on whether staff at API would be laid off.

However, The Washington Post reports that Friday is the last day of operations for the Reston staff: eight full time employees and one part-time employee.

The building, located at 11690 Sunrise Valley Dr.,  is a modernist building designed by Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer.

API, in business for 66 years, hosted seminars, conferences and workshops. for thousands of media executives and journalists from around the world. 

API's decline mirrors the unstable state of the newspaper business. As newspapers have faced declining circulation, layoffs and shifting readership habits, they also have been cutting back on special seminars, such as the ones API offered.

The Post reports no decision has been made on the future of the Reston building. 

Tammi Petrine March 24, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Would the owners allow a temporary art gallery to be operated in this building? That would be fun! Had no idea that Marcel Breuer had desiged a building in RESTON! Wow! Very cool. Gotta love that one of a kind, Reston!
Denise B March 25, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Agree - looks like a great place for art!
Leslie Perales Loges March 26, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Sad. And the inside of the building is really quite cool too. I agree with the other comments though, an arts collective and gallery space would be great there.
Bobbi Bowman March 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
The closing of API and the loss of jobs of the staff truly marks the end of an era. API trained several generations of journalists. Its loss is incalcuable.

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