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Jeffrey P. Bezos Visits Washington Post to Meet With Editors And Others (The Washington Post / Style)
The Jeffrey P. Bezos era at The Washington Post had its symbolic beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, when the high-tech magnate indulged in a decidedly low-tech ritual: striking a triangle to summon editors for their afternoon meeting. The chimes, amplified electronically across the Post’s historic newsroom, is a decades-old tradition. The Guardian Speaking to the Post before meeting staff for the first time on Tuesday, Bezos said his major contribution would be to offer his “point of view” to the paper’s leadership. He also said he would provide “runway,” which the Post described as “financial support over a lengthy period in which the management can experiment to find a profitable formula for delivering the news.” AllThingsD Just because Bezos is going to own the press doesn’t mean he has changed his approach to the press. When he speaks to journalists, he says nothing. FishbowlDC WaPo reporter Paul Farhi reports that Bezos has high hopes for the future of the paper in the coming years. Bezos’ quest for a new “golden era” at the Post must’ve come as a great relief to Farhi, as the newspaper is taking a financial nosedive, a nosedive that caused the sale of the organization to Bezos after being owned and operated by the Graham family for the past 80 years. Nieman Journalism Lab Since when is an interview with the new billionaire owner of a newspaper a Lifestyles/Style story?
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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.
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.
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.”
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 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, 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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.