Morning Report for September 3, 2013

bezosstoryjeffJeff Bezos says the “three big ideas” that have made successful — put the customer first; invent; and be patient — will be introduced at his Washington Post. Bezos tells Paul Farhi that he’ll be giving his “point of view” to Post leaders about how the newspaper should evolve, but “if we figure out a new golden era at The Post, that will be due to the ingenuity and inventiveness and experimentation of the team at The Post. I’ll be there with advice from a distance. If we solve that problem, I won’t deserve credit for it.” (
* The rise of the Washington Post, as documented by Fortune magazine in 1944. (It’s “a newspaper of courage and conscience and one gaining in national prestige.”) (
* The typical Bloomberg News headline is “a pile of words that somehow adds up to something meaningful, if not understandable.” (
* Maine Gov. Paul LePage blabs to national media but won’t say boo to local reporters. (
* “I find a newsletter personal — more personal than a blog,” says Brendan Dougherty, editor of a daily baseball email newsletter. (
* Charlie Cook found Mark Leibovich’s book “too snarky for my tastes, in fact tasteless in a few places.” (
* Mike Allen is the most followed journalist on Twitter among members of Congress. (
* Review-Journal says in court papers that a proposed deal to stop publishing the Las Vegas Sun wouldn’t crimp media competition in Las Vegas. (
* AFL-CIO writer: “The biggest fault of media companies may be a lack of imagination.” (
* NYT’s John Schwartz: My decision to type for a living didn’t initially sit well with my politician father. (
vanity* Kate Upton is on the cover of Vanity Fair’s 100th anniversary issue. ( | (
* How to write a cover letter for an entry-level media job. (“What I see time after time from young media hopefuls are not the classic no-nos, like misspellings and typos, but what appears to be a fundamental lack of understanding of how to sell oneself.”) (
* Deadline Hollywood claims an “exclusive” on a story tweeted by the “Fifty Shades” author to her 350,000+ followers. (
* Katie Couric is engaged to John Molner. (@GStephanopoulos)