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Jeff Bezos Named I Want Media’s ‘Media Person of The Year’

Jeff Bezos GJeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, has been named I Want Media’s Media Person of The Year. Bezos, who purchased The Washington Post in August for $250 million, beat out people like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, and Anna Wintour.

Bezos won not only because he bought WaPo, but because of what might happen to the newspaper industry now that he’s involved:

Bezos shook up the traditional media landscape in 2013 with the announcement of his plan to buy the Washington Post, a leading newspaper for decades and a powerful force in shaping U.S. policy. The acquisition promised not just an ownership change for the 135-year-old institution, but a potential transformation of the ‘disrupted’ newspaper industry.

What does Bezos win for this honor? Just some bragging rights. Hey, it’s better than nothing. Sort of.

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‘Media Person of The Year’ Finalists Unveiled

It’s almost the end of the year, and you know what that means: Lots of “best of/worst of” lists and many, many awards. One honor that typically grabs the attention of the media centric is I Want Media’s annual Media Person of The Year contest, which celebrates “2013′s most memorable figure — for good or ill — in the media industry.”

I Want Media has just opened up voting, so get to it. The polls will close Sunday, December 8, and the winner will be announced the next day. After you’re done logging your thoughts for I Want Media, we suggest you start considering who should win FishbowlNY’s Best Award Award. Voting for that is always close.

Below are the finalists for Media Person of The Year.

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Media Big Shots Discuss Future of Media

Here is some video of I Want Media’s annual “Future of Media” talk. Taking part in this year’s discussion were Mark ThompsonJonah Peretti, Henry Blodget, Cindy Jeffers and Roy Sekoff.

It’s an hour long, but hey, it’s not like you have to work or anything today.

I Want Media’s 2011 Media Person of The Year: Steve Jobs

Ugh. Of course I Want Media’s 2011 Media Person of The Year is Steve Jobs. We thought Jill Abramson was going to pull it out. Seems to us that being the first woman in charge of the best newspaper in the world is more important than making expensive toys, but few of you agreed with us.

According to the voting Jobs blew away the competition, grabbing 42 percent of the vote. The runner-up was Rupert Murdoch, with 18 percent of the votes. Does that mean some people hate-voted? Maybe. Does that mean News Corp. hacked the voting system just enough to make Murdoch look good, but not enough for anyone to question the results? We would never say that.

Check out the rest of the finalists here.

“Twitter Guys” Take Top Media Person(s) Of 2009 Prize

twitter birdie.jpgWe called it.

Last week, when faced with two “Person of the Year” polls, we predicted that the “Twitter Guys,” Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams, were a shoe-in to win I Want Media’s eighth annual Media Person of the Year online poll. Today, the site revealed the results of the poll, with the Twitter team indeed taking top honors. They join the ranks of past media people of the year like Arianna Huffington and 2007′s winner, “Writers On Strike.”

Dorsey, Stone and Williams managed to beat out other top vote-getters this year like Oprah Winfrey and Glenn Beck. And in addition to the top 10 that I Want Media nominated for the poll, there were also write-in candidates like Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, Rush Limbaugh and Nikki Finke, the site said.

We’ll still have to wait a few days to learn who Time magazine picked for their Person of the Year, and although it looked like the Twitter guys might win that competition, too, they weren’t included in the magazine’s recent online poll. But remember, Time magazine editors “reserve the right to disagree” and choose pretty much whoever they want anyway.

Previously: Tis The Season…For Person Of The Year Polls; Will Twitter Be Time‘s Person Of The Year?

Arianna Huffington is Media Person of the Year

ariaggna.pngI Want Media has named Arianna Huffington their Person of the Year, presumably based on your votes. As it happens the top three spots all belonged to women — Tina Fey and Rachel Maddow were the runners up. Says IWM about the choice: “Huffington had a big year in 2008, guiding her liberal-leaning news and blog site to record traffic during the U.S. election season.”

More fun, however, is the comments section which features the picks of some bold-faced media names. Perez Hilton voted Sarah Palin. Tina Brown voted Tina Fey. David Carr voted Mayhill Fowler. And both Frank Rich and Kurt Anderson tapped the Laid-Off Journalist as media person of the year.

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I Want Media’s ‘Media Person of the Year’

journalist08.jpgA the year draws to a close get prepared for the usual onslaught of lists! We all know Time‘s Person of the Year is a non-compete, but I Want Media, which has just launched its yearly Media Person of the Year poll may provide a slightly more open playing field. Here are your choices: Arianna Huffington, Rachel Maddow, Sam Zell, Rupert Murdoch, Tina Fey, The Twitter Trio, Mel Karmazin, Jason Kilar, Eric Schmidt, and closest to our hearts, “The Laid-Off Journalist” (also, Page Six’s pick).

Think they left some out? They are also taking nominations. We would argue that due to his magazine and newspaper selling power (not to mention the YouTube fireside chats) Barack Obama is a obvious but viable choice. Also, how about the citizen journalist, or Tina Brown? Let us know your suggestions!