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Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein Remember The Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee

woo1-004A public memorial service was held at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday for Ben BradleeThe Washington Post’s executive editor from 1968-91, a time that included the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. Bradlee died last week of natural causes at the age of 93 at his home in Washington.

The Post’s Dana Milbank wrote of the service:

“More than a thousand filled the cathedral, including scores of Post journalists current and former. Satellite trucks parked in the cathedral driveway and a dozen TV cameras were on the lawn, searching for glimpses of the luminaries inside, among them Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Justice Stephen Breyer, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams and Jim Lehrer.” Read more

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Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 10.8.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

TVNewser World News Tonight with David Muir: First Weekly Win in 6 Years

FishbowlNY Evolve Media Acquires AfterEllen.com

MediaJobsDaily Forecast Reveals Strong Hiring Throughout 2014

Lost Remote Oxygen Rebranding Includes New Tagline and Digital Initiatives

FishbowlDC The Washington Post’s Plans with Jeff Bezos’ Amazon Kindle

SocialTimes Facebook Looking to Become a Better Illness Support Network

10,000 Words Will Reuters’ Digital TV Service Appeal to the Masses?

TVSpy WCVB Win 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for ‘Overall Excellence’

AllFacebook REPORT: Facebook to Launch Anonymous App

InsideFacebook Facebook’s Audience Network: Now Available Worldwide

AgencySpy Global Strategy Directors Leaving Commonwealth//McCann

AllTwitter Top Taliban Spokesman Accidentally Gives Away His Location on Twitter

GalleyCat Print Books Outsold Digital Books During the First 6 Months of 2014

Inside Mobile Apps Chat App Frankly Secures $12.8 Million, Launches SDK Business

PRNewser Microsoft Admits That ‘Much Work’ Remains to Address Its (Lack of) Diversity

UnBeige Visionaire Teams with John Baldessari, Samsung for ‘Celebrity Selfie’ Art Issue

The Washington Post’s Plans with Jeff Bezos’ Amazon Kindle

ICYMI - The Washington Post is using owner Jeff Bezos‘ Amazon product the Kindle to aid in the newspaper’s needed growth.

On Monday, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone wrote:

“For the past few months, a group inside the Post has been working on a new application that will offer a curated selection of news and photographs from the daily newspaper in a magazine-style, tablet-friendly format. The application will come preinstalled on Amazon’s newly updated Kindle Fire tablet, expected to be launched later this fall with the larger 8.9-inch screen, according to people with knowledge of the Post’s plans.”

Stone writes that the app will initially be free for Kindle owners and require a paid subscription in a download later available for Apple and Android products.

The effort is being led by Kerry Lauerman, who joined The Post in July as a senior editor to lead a new mobile initiative. At the time of his hire, Post staff said in an announcement that, “Kerry’s strong editing skills, the vast range of his experience, and his time spent building new products and luring new readers make him especially well-equipped for an initiative focused on the fast-growing mobile readership. Kerry brings to our mobile ambitions the perfect blend of innovation and journalistic chops, as well as a collaborative spirit.”

For more on The Post’s foray with the Amazon Kindle dubbed “Project Rainbow,” click on over to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Washington Post Employees Picket Changes to Retirement Plans

After announcing major changes to future retirement medical benefits and pensions for nonunion employees and plans to pursue the same for its union employees, several dozen Washington Post employees picketed its entrance Thursday afternoon, carrying signs that read “Another Wall Street Smash and Grab” and “Shame on Bezo$.” The recent changes came one year after the paper’s sale to Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com.

Washintonian’s Benjamin Freed writes:

“The picket line appeared to be made up of mid- and late-career employees from the editorial, circulation, and advertising departments. The demonstration included some familiar bylines, like fedora-clad Metro columnist John Kelly, reciting chants like ‘Post employees, unite and fight! Make Jeff Bezos do what’s right!’ “

Washington Post staff writer Fredrick Kunkle, a co-chair of the local union who’s been with the paper since 2000, told Freed that pursuit of a strike is “too soon” to consider.

For more, click on over to Washingtonian’s Capital Comment.”

WaPo’s Chris Cillizza on Katharine Weymouth Departure: ‘It’s the end of an era’

Today marks a significant day at The Washington Post: the first since 1933 that someone from the Graham or Meyer family is not a part of its leadership. Tuesday was Katharine Weymouth‘s final day as publisher and CEO of The Washington Post after the August 2013 sale of the company to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.

“The Fix’s” Chris Cillizza writes:

“It’s the end of an era — both for the Post and for journalism.  And it’s one I am forever thankful to the Grahams for — not only for what they did when they owned the company but in their decision to sell it in hopes of preserving what has always made it great.”

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The Washington Post Owner Jeff Bezos to Replace Publisher Katharine Weymouth

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Katharine Weymouth

In a 9am email to staff this morning, The Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth announced her imminent departure as the paper’s publisher after 7 years. Beginning October 1, Fred Ryan, formerly with Allbritton Communications and POLITICO, will be publisher and CEO.

According to The Washington Post, its owner Jeff Bezos told Weymouth on August 18th that he had selected a new publisher.

In an interview with the outlet he’ll now lead, Ryan said that he does not have plans to replace executive editor Martin Baron or editorial page editor Fred Hiatt.

The Washington Post was bought by Weymouth’s great grandfather in 1933 and sold to Bezos in August 2013. In her email, Weymouth said that she will offer Ryan and the Post support as an advisor through the end of 2014.

Weymouth’s note to staff after the jump.

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Friday ICYMI – Overheard | World Cup | Revolving Door

In case you missed it, here are some of our fav recent stories across the web.

#Overheard: Yahoo News Political Reporter Chris Moody live-tweets conversations he overheard at the Congressional Baseball Game Wednesday night.

#WorldCup: MediaJobDaily identifies three ways to watch the World Cup at work and keep your job.

#Opportunity: Now with Jeff Bezos, the future of The Washington Post, in a cover story online now (and in print on Tuesday) by the Columbia Journalism Review.

#RevolvingDoor: Head of Nat Geo social media Robert Murray is leaving to launch his own startup to empower people through data, social design, and emerging tech.

#Genius: The Atlantic explores the secrets of the creative brain.

Solomon Highlights Conflict of Interest in Post Reporting of CIA

Microphones At Press ConferenceWord on the street (like actually the street) is that journalist and media activist Norman Solomon is planning a presser outside The Washington Post offices to highlight the newspaper’s refusal to disclose conflict of interests in reporting on the CIA.

More than 30,000 people have signed a petition urging the Post “to be fully candid with its readers about the fact that the newspaper’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA.” Solomon is in the process of delivering the petition to the Post. After doing do, he will be available for comment in front of the building, located at 1150 15th St. NW.

To set up an interview with Solomon, contact Stephen Kent at skent@kentcom.com or 914-589-5988.

Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” and “Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State.

Jake Tapper Resolves to be More Jewish in 2014

We here at FishbowlDC long ago gave up any pretense at self-improvement. But other DC journos aren’t quite as jaded. Lesser-known Bezos property The Express has talked to some local journos about their new year’s resolutions -and the results are revealing. For example: Jake Tapper wants to go to more Hebrew School, question-mark-guy Matthew Lesko has a brand new tattoo, and NBC 4 anchor Aaron Gilchrist doesn’t actually know the city that well. Here are some of the best resolutions from DC media personalities:

Jake Tapper
“Now that my kids are 4 and 6, I want to spend more time getting involved in our spiritual health, in our synagogue — more Sabbath dinners on Friday night, more attendance at Hebrew school, more participation in holidays and, I think, just more discussion of the mysteries of life.” -Jake Tapper, CNN

 
Cokie Roberts“It’s to be more like my mother. She died this summer, and I have been reading the 1,000 letters I have gotten, from people writing about the incredible things she did for them. She, Lindy Boggs, was a member of Congress for nine terms and then U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. She always treated everyone with great love, respect and dignity. As a reminder, I always wear a ring made out of two of her old rings.” -Cokie Roberts, NPR

 

Jummy Olabanji“Mine is to run my first half marathon. I found a training program online; it’s a 20-week program. Another goal of mine is to stick to the training program so I don’t pass out during the race.” - Jummy Olabanji, ABC 7

 

 

 

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