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Posts Tagged ‘Donald Graham’

Bernard Goldberg Rips WaPo Columnist for ‘Grotesque’ Analogy

There was obviously and understandably no shortage of opinion pieces in the Washington Post this week about the Jeff Bezos deal. But today, fellow journalist Bernard Goldberg takes the paper to task for one of those items.

In the lead paragraphs of an August 6 “WP Opinions” item, Ruth Marcus suggested that selling the paper to Bezos was Donald Graham’s “reverse Sophie’s Choice moment.” Goldberg thinks that’s simply ridiculous and, offensive:

Grotesque, I think, comes closer to describing the comparison Ms. Marcus makes. The decision to sell a newspaper is akin to the decision by a mother about which of her two children to save and which to give to the Nazis for extermination? In what universe would that be?

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Bring Your Voice to The Root

The RootRiding high on the groundswell of pride and honor felt among most members of the black community during President Obama’s 2008 election, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Donald Graham, chairman of The Washington Post, partnered to launch The Root, an online publication covering the nation’s biggest news stories — with an African-American angle.

How does The Root stand out from Huffington Post Black Voices, The Grio and other sites with a similar mission? “We try to differentiate ourselves in the quality of the writing and reporting and in taking perceived wisdom about race and racism and factors that affect the black community and challenging them,” said Lauren Williams, deputy editor. “One of the things that we are noted for is just having really smart content.”

Whether you’re looking to write a reported piece or a personal essay, The Root welcomes submissions from contributors — in fact, half of the site’s content is freelance-written. For pitching etiquette and editor’s contact info, read How To Pitch: The Root.

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WaPo to Offer Another Round of Buyouts

the_washington_post3.jpgEven as word gets out that Washington Post Co. CEO Donald Graham got a sweet bonus last year despite the company’s struggles (and 18 year freeze on his salary) Politico is reporting that more buyouts and possibly layoffs are on the way for the paper.

The buyout offer — dubbed the Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program (VRIP) — is a bit different than last year’s. Only employees in certain departments will be eligible. Employees who are eligible, and meet the requirements — over 50 years old with at least five years experience — will be receiving packets soon.

Weymouth mentioned that if the Post doesn’t “achieve meaningful staff reductions,” there could be layoffs in the future. Brauchli wrote that these are “difficult and uncertain times in our profession.”