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Everyone is Talking About the NY Times Being Sold

Now that Jeff Bezos has put The Washington Post in his cart, all everyone wants to talk about is what this means for The New York Times. Will it be sold? While most are yelling “Yes! Of course!” No one has any idea.

However, the Post’s sale is making media reporters’ mouths water, so they’ve got to say something, even if it means nothing. Below are just a few of the many discussions.

The Post says the Times lack of assets might lead to it being sold:

Whereas The Post has been owned by a diversified media and education company that could absorb some of the newspaper’s continuing operating losses, the New York Times Co. has been shedding assets that might have cushioned its flagship newspaper… The Times Co. owns just two major assets — its famous newspaper and the International Herald Tribune, a global paper that will be rebranded in October as the International New York Times.

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Jeff Bezos to Buy Washington Post for $250 Million

The Washington Post Company has signed a contract to sell The Washington Post and other papers to Jeff Bezos for $250 million. This is Bezo’s buy alone, it has no ties to Amazon.com Inc., which Bezos founded and remains CEO.

The deal includes the Post, the Express News, the Gazette Newspapers, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Fairfax County Times, El Tiempo Latino and Greater Washington Publishing. Washington Post Company will retain Slate, TheRoot and Foreign Policy. 

Katharine Weymouth (CEO and publisher); Stephen Hills (president and general manager); Martin Baron (executive editor); and Fred Hiatt (editorial page editor) will continue in their roles at the Post.

Washington Post to Launch Paywall

The Washington Post is getting into the paywall game. Hey, it’s better late than never. The metered digital subscription system will debut this summer.

Much like the New York Times’ model, WaPo will allow people to read 20 articles per month (aside from its home page and classifieds, which won’t have a limit attached) but after that, they’ll have to pay up. Also — just like the TimesWaPo won’t count visits via social media links.

As of now there is no official word on what the digital subscription plans will cost, but “further details” are coming.

Marcus Brauchli to Step Down from Washington Post

Marcus Brauchli, the executive editor of The Washington Post, is stepping down. Brauchli is leaving his post on December 31 to become vice president of The Washington Post Company, a new role.

“After nearly four and a half years as executive editor, I will step down at year’s end,” said Brauchli, in a memo to staffers, via Jim Romenesko. “It has been a privilege and honor to work with you. What we’ve accomplished in this time, and what you accomplish every day, is a tribute to your ambition, discipline and personal dedication.”

For more on Marty Baron, Brauchli’s successor, head over to our sister site FishbowlDC.

Veteran Journalist Richard Prince Talks Media Diversity

After getting his start at New Jersey’s Star-Ledger, Richard Prince went on to Washington Post where he became part of the “Metro Seven,” a group of African-American journalists who took issue with the paper’s discriminatory practices.

“It was a harbinger of other such cases that took place at other publications, including Newsweek and The New York Times, regarding not only black journalists, but women journalists, to both increase the numbers of these groups and equalize the pay scale,” he recalled in Mediabistro’s latest So What Do You Do? interview. “We never went to court, but after our efforts there was another case at the New York Daily News that did.”

Read the full interview at So What Do You Do, Richard Prince, Columnist for the Maynard Institute?

ProPublica Adds WaPo Veteran Amanda Zamora

ProPublica has named Amanda Zamora its new senior engagement editor. Zamora comes to ProPublica from The Washington Post, where she worked since 2003; most recently as national digital editor. Zamora is also a former Knight Digital Media Fellow and helped found the non-profit news site The Huffington Post Investigative Fund.

“We’re thrilled Amanda is joining us,” ProPublica’s senior editor, Eric Umansky, said. “We’re constantly pushing ourselves to do not only ground-breaking reporting but to do it using all the tools the Internet offers, including social. Amanda will help us super-charge that effort.”

Zamora starts on August 6.

Liz Spayd Leaving The Washington Post

Liz Spayd, the Washington Post’s first female managing editor, is leaving at the end of the year. Politico reports that Spayd accepted a buyout and is expected to leave after the presidential election. Spayd has been with WaPo since 1988, serving in a variety of positions. She has been managing editor since 2009.

According to a memo obtained by Poynter, WaPo’s executive editor, Marcus Brauchli, said there has been no exact date set for Spayd’s departure.

“She [Spayd] is a bulwark of sound judgment upon whom we all have come to depend, whose views are reasoned and thoughtful,” wrote Brauchli. “She is steeped in this great institution’s traditions and has ensured we honor them in our journalism, in whatever form, on whatever platform, at whatever speed we produce it. She epitomizes the best of The Post.”

The Best Responses to Politico’s Absurd Media Bias Article

Politico recently published a piece accusing the New York Times and Washington Post of being “blatantly” biased in favor of Barack Obama. The piece was odd/wrong/ridiculous on a number of levels, and the masses have begun to make their opinions known to Politico.

Below are excerpts from some of the best responses. Enjoy the righteous anger.

Devin Gordon, GQ:

Politico published this story the day after one of its targets, The Times, published an astonishing expose about President Obama’s personal oversight of a terrorist ‘kill list.’ In what universe is that not vetting? Part of Politico’s argument is that these two media outlets have spent far too much time on the silly stuff about the Romney family, chasing stories that have no bearing on candidate Mitt’s qualifications for office — but then, in the same breath, they ignore the Times when it focuses, exceptionally, relentlessly, on the truly important stuff like Obama’s record on national security.

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Doug Frantz Joins WaPo

Politico is reporting that Doug Frantz is joining The Washington Post as National Security Editor. Frantz comes to the paper from Kroll, a consulting firm. Frantz is a former Managing Editor for the Los Angeles Times and former Investigative Reporter and Investigations Editor at the New York Times. He also spent time as an Investigative Reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

Additionally, Frantz is a Pulitzer winner and has been a finalist twice.

Frantz’s first day is June 11.

Two More Awards for New Yorker Freelance Writer Sarah Stillman

Sarah Stillman is a New York-based journalist. She has written about Iraq and Afghanistan for several publications or online sites, including Slate, The Washington Post, the Nation and the Dallas Morning News.

Stillman, the inaugural winner of the New York University Carter Journalism Institute’s Reporting Award, has added two trophies to her mantle. Her piece in the June 6, 2011 issue of the New Yorker was entitled “Invisible Army.”  She documents poor treatment of Third-World nationals working on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Sarah’s compelling story is a perfect representation of the work we’re trying to encourage at a time of cutbacks in editorial budgets,” said Stephen Solomon, associate director of the Institute.

The Reporting Award, in its second year, funds articles on under-reported subjects in the public interest.

Stillman was decorated with the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism and National Magazine Award in the category of public interest.

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