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“I think that [Trump] challenged our language. He will have changed journalism, he really will have…We didn’t know how to write the paragraph that said, ‘This is just false.’ We struggle with that. I think that Trump has ended that struggle.”
That includes translating political explainers as “part of our attempt to reach new readers who are interested in American politics — but perhaps don’t speak English or understand how American government works.”
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, billionaire Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos talks about the history and character of the Post during a dedication ceremony for its new headquarters in Washington. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told Fox News in an interview on May 12, 2016, that Bezos was using the Post to help Amazon avoid taxes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
“I strongly believe that missionaries make better products. They care more. For a missionary, it’s not just about the business. There has to be a business, and the business has to make sense, but that’s not why you do it. You do it because you have something meaningful that motivates you.”
The news business hopes it won’t end up one sandwich short of a picnic as the new year’s big trends unfold.
“We have to communicate to the public that we are essential. We have to do that through our work, not just through writing columns saying, ‘Boy, you know, you’re going to miss us if we’re not around.'”
The executive director of emerging news products at the Bezos-era Post has been at the forefront of shaping news presentation on mobile devices.
A new head-to-head competition between the Post and the Times is brewing as both papers look at expanding their audiences and revenue through digital networks and niche print products.
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For decades, newspapers moved from local ownership to nationwide chains. Now, the shift is in the other direction — with the help of your friendly neighborhood billionaire.