Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
War on the Rocks is a national security site for a military “tribe” that knows what it’s talking about
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
Feb. 1, 2016, 11:44 a.m.
Business Models

Jeff Bezos on The Washington Post’s digital strategy, the future of print, and sending Trump to space

The Post and Amazon owner met with the paper’s staffers in a town hall meeting this morning.

Jeff Bezos doesn’t spend much time in Washington, D.C. or at the offices of his Washington Post, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t mean he isn’t thinking about the newspaper he bought for $250 million in 2013. He regularly meets with editors and executives by conference call and in-person in Seattle, but Bezos said he uses some more personal time to think about the paper.

Luckily for us, journalists like to live-tweet events, so Post staffers gave us a play-by-play account of Bezos’ talk.

BezosTweets

In addition to offers to Donald Trump, Bezos discussed the future of the Post’s print edition, the state of diversity in the newsroom, and the importance of turning users who visit the Post online into paying customers. Here are the highlights:

Photo by Esther Vargas used under a Creative Commons license.

POSTED     Feb. 1, 2016, 11:44 a.m.
SEE MORE ON Business Models
SHARE THIS STORY
   
Show comments  
Show tags
 
Join the 35,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
War on the Rocks is a national security site for a military “tribe” that knows what it’s talking about
“If every guy that needs something to do for 30 seconds on his phone starts reading War on the Rocks, we’re doing something wrong. I want this to be a publication that you need if you work on national security.”
From the unbanked to the unnewsed: Just doing good journalism won’t be enough to bring back reader trust
Journalists see readers’ consumption decisions through the lens of quality. But that’s only a small part of what builds a connection between a news organization and an audience.
In West Virginia, a new project is going beyond the coal miner to tell a broader story of Appalachia
“Everyone’s talking to coal miners; we want to introduce you to somebody else that you’re not expecting to see.”