New York Times staffer: It will be fun to compete against the Bezos-run Washington Post

-- Gawker graphic by Jim Cooke

— Gawker graphic by Jim Cooke

Willamette Week editor-in-chief Mark Zusman recently interviewed Tyson Evans, deputy editor for interactive news at The New York Times. An excerpt:

Zusman: “Jeff Bezos — threat or menace?”

Evans: “Uh, neither. [Laughs] Brilliant guy. …”

Zusman: “There must, in your shop, be — you must have wasted several hours discussing what do you think is going to happen at the Post. There’s a theory that I think is absurd that he’s going to use the Post delivery trucks to start delivering books. My guess is that it’ll go the other way. One of the questions is, obviously, is he going to speed up the end of print at The Post ….”

Evans: “…Who knows what Bezos is going to see when he starts looking at the balance sheets of The Post? I have friends who have businesses where Bezos is an investor — he has a huge portfolio, has picked some really good companies, obviously has figured out economies of scale at Amazon that are mind-boggling in all sorts of dimensions, from servers to books to whatever. So I’m pretty excited for the competition. I think it’s going to be great to have somebody who understands consumption at a level he does, and ideally he’s going to push the Post in a way that’s going to make them really fun to compete with.”

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