Daily Archives: September 4, 2013

Bezos at this afternoon's meeting (@cillizzac)

Bezos at this afternoon’s meeting (@cillizzac)

NEW —Ben Bradlee on how Jeff Bezos did today: “I thought he was original. That’s what impressed me the most.” (

Tweets from Bezos’s meeting with the Post staff:

* “The death knell for any enterprise is to glorify the past” (@TheFix)
* First test in purchase decision is whether WaPo is important institution. Yes, Bezos decided (@erikwemple)
* Bezos: I am issue-focused and wapo editorial positions “line up” with “mine anyway” (@erikwemple)
* “Feel free to cover Amazon any way you want. Feel free to cover Jeff Bezos any way you want.” (@jjsimonWP)
* “I don’t think we need to keep shrinking the business.” (@clintonyates)
* “If I thought it was hopeless I’d feel BAD for you guys. But I wouldn’t want to join you” (@mboorstein)
* Bezos: “I really do believe that we’ll figure something out…” I’m less optimistic about desktops than I am about tablets. (@tjortenzi)
* “Should it be as easy to buy the Washington Post as it is to buy diapers on Amazon? I think it should.” (‏@CarolLeonnig)
* Mentions “financial runway” and says he can provide that. Must figure out how to “use gifts that the Internet gives us” (@erikwemple)
* On competition: JB worried abt any product that’s 100 percent ad-supported, because then you “start thinking your customer is advertisers.” (@erikwemple)
* “I’m not prepared to make any multi-decade commitments.” — Jeff Bezos (@jjsimonWP)
* Well then. Ben Bradlee, Leonard Downie, Bob Kaiser and Sally Quinn in the front row for the Jeff Bezos town hall at WaPo. (@jfdulac)
* Bezos on Don Graham: “I will never out-Don Don” (@benpershing)
* Bezos says the @nytimes passage on Amazon always declining to comment (then declining to comment) was “hilarious. That was good writing.” (@jfdulac) [Here it is.]
* “I never worked on the school newspaper.” — Jeff Bezos (@jjsimonWP)
* Post employee behind me: This was a tough room. #Bezos aced it (@Brook)

* What Bezos said about Amazon’s pursuit of CIA contracts (


The Washington Post reports its new owner, Jeff Bezos, told staffers: “What has been happening over the last few years can’t continue to happen. All businesses need to be young forever. If your customer base ages with you, you’re Woolworth’s. The number one rule has to be: Don’t be boring.”

* Bezos courts Washington Post editors and reporters (

Baltimore City Paper staff writer Edward Ericson is leading a campaign to buy the alt-weekly from Times Shamrock, which is selling some of its papers.
“My idea — which is not even half baked at this juncture — is that the paper’s existing staff should pool its money and, with the help of a kindly lender (or partner?) with somewhere between $1 million and $2 million, buy the paper and operate it as a for-profit co-op,” he writes.

Ericson adds: “We are not high right now.”

His proposal is after the jump. Read More


The dean finalists are:

Steve Waldman, founder of and a former Newsweek and U.S. News staffer.

Terry McDonell, retired Sports Illustrated editor.

Sarah Bartlett, the director of CUNY’s Urban Reporting program, and a former BusinessWeek, New York Times and Fortune staffer.

* Finalists named to replace CUNY j-school dean Steve Shepard (

globeFormer Globe reporter Carey Goldberg urges the paper’s new owner, John Henry, to have his staff cover the “new” Boston: “I’m not saying that the Globe should stop covering politics and crime and religion. I’m just telling you, Mr. Henry, that as your potential reader, what I most hunger for is more information — explained at a level palatable to the general public — about the knowledge economy that is the shape of our future. I’d bet a lot of money — and hope you will, too — that if you cover it, the advertisers will come.”

* Memo to John Henry: Push the Globe to cover the “new” Boston (

“My name sounds familiar because I’ve been quoted so many times over the last 15 to 20 years. The first time I saw my name in print I couldn’t believe that I made a major newspaper. That made me feel that I accomplished something.”

“One of the things that I’m best known for was I’m the guy who camped out for a full week outside the Apple Store on 59th Street just to be the first one to get a new iPhone. I wanted to see what the phone was like because it was a new product at the time, and I was interested in the media attention that went with it as well.”

“When I was at the Columbus Day Parade, a reporter for the New York Times showed up. When I came even close to mentioning my name, he slammed his book and walked away because word got around his office not to use me for any more interviews.”

“It’s always been a case of the right place, the right time, knowing where reporters are going to do their jobs for the day. My strategy would be to be in the front row, just be myself, show how happy I am to be in the front row, and that usually attracts the attention of not only the crowd around me, but especially reporters themselves.”

“Everything was going smoothly and quietly until the Associated Press sent a memo to all their reporters telling them not to quote me anymore in any of their publications. Part of the memo says that Mr. Packer is eager to be quoted, let’s be eager, too, to quote other people. Yes, I do consider the Associated Press memo [laughs] an accomplishment of my career.”

“I think it’s terrible that reporters are getting in trouble because they’re quoting me. But if I’m their source for an interview, I don’t see where the problem is at all. What I do is not only helping reporters do their jobs, but it’s also helping me tell my family and friends where I’ve been. So it’s a case of helping each other.”

* The most quoted man in news (
* AP memo from 2003: “Packer is clearly eager to be quoted. Let’s be eager too — to find other people to quote” (
* Packer camps out for an iPad in 2010 (

jeff* Jeff Bezos offered few clues about his plans for the Washington Post when he met with the paper’s leaders Tuesday. He meets with staffers today. ( | Matt McClain’s photo of Bezos visiting the Post “makes me think of a tiny alien visiting a backward tribe, like in Star Trek.” (@mathewi)
* Santa Fe Reporter lawsuit accuses New Mexico’s governor of routinely withholding public records from the paper. (
* SF Chronicle: “There are now no remaining broadcast reporters covering politics full time in the Bay Area.” (
* Is The Economist left-wing or right-wing? Neither, it says. (
* “The Daily Show” did just fine without Jon Stewart – but it’s nice to have him back. (
* James Carville is now writing for The Hill. (@thehill)
* Former Life magazine editor Judith Glassman Daniels dies at 74. (AP via
* California weekly publisher rejects the “click-happy, comment-happy, Twitter-happy experience.” (
* Sacramento Bee editorial page editor Stuart Leavenworth is named McClatchy Beijing bureau chief. (
* Hug trees, not dollars: Petitioners want CNBC to improve its climate change coverage. (
* Tribune Co., A. H. Belo, Gannett, McClatchy and Washington Post explore the sale of (
* Many characters in “A Truckload of Ink” bear striking resemblances to Times-Picayune staffers. (
tandy* Family won’t allow technology introduced after 1986 in their house. “We’re parenting our kids the same way we were parented for a year just to see what it’s like,” says the dad. (
* Friends of Scholastic Journalism award winners include Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory. (
* Clarence Page gives a shout-out to his high school journalism teacher. (
* Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, CA, puts up a paywall. (It didn’t learn from the San Francisco Chronicle?) (
* University of Georgia’s Red & Black comes back to life. (
* Akron Beacon Journal publisher Andrea Mathewson retires at 54 after six years on the job. (
* A funeral for the Boston Phoenix is set for Sept. 13. ( | Earlier: Where the Phoenix staff landed. (