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  • Hawaii News Now Dominates Islands’ Social Media

    Raycom's Hawaii News Now, the digital presence that rolls up its CBS, MyNetworkTV and NBC affiliates, is Honolulu's commanding leader on social media according to Shareablee data. Nicole Bento, its digital content director, says Facebook has become essential as the leading platform for its news brand, and Facebook Live is now a key tool there.  More | Add comment
  • Don’t Even Think About Dropping Your User Comments

    Ron Stitt argues that killing user commenting on publishers’ owned-and-operated sites is about the worst move they can make, as it sabotages one of their best means of engagement. That engagement has a big impact on KPIs like low bounce rates and extended time on site, he says.  More | Comments (2)
  • Beacons Maturing Into Viable Sales Strategy

    Beacons are moving away from the experimental phase and into profitable sales strategy deployment. Matthew Davis describes two recent campaigns that showed this maturation in action as location-based marketing led to a dramatic uptick in click-through rates.   More | Add comment
  • WBRC Tops Birmingham’s Social Media Scene

    Raycom’s WBRC is Birmingham, Ala.’s clear leader among local media on social media performance according to Shareablee data. Shannon Maze, its news director, says Facebook is a crucial driver, as 66% of its web and mobile sessions start there. More | Add comment
  • In Shreveport, La., KSLA Rules On Social Media

    Raycom-owned KSLA paces well ahead of its nearest competitor on social media performance among local media outlets, according to data from Shareablee. It boasts almost a million social actions over the last six months and also leads the market in overall fans/followers. More | Add comment
  • Lexington’s WLEX Leads Social Media By A Nose

    It’s a tight race on social media among local outlets in Lexington, Ky., where Cordillera’s WLEX leads the market in overall actions according to Shareablee data. Gray’s WKYT follows close behind, and passes for the lead on total fans/followers. More | Add comment
  • WPRO-AM Leads Providence-New Bedford Social Media

    WPRO, a Cumulus-owned station, holds a commanding lead over its local competition on social media according to data from Shareablee. The talk station boasts both the market’s highest number of social actions in the last six months and the most fans/followers.  More | Add comment
  • We’re All Accountable For Sales

    GateHouse Media’s Jason Taylor is a sales dynamo who has long been inspiring publishers. Here, Mary M. Collins channels some of his recent advice for sales teams from holding daily meetings to ride-alongs, content quizzes and always keeping a commitment to meaningful training.    More | Add comment
  • WPTV Tops On Social in West Palm

    Scripps-owned WPTV laps its closest competitor in terms of total social actions over the last six months according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley reports that the station has adopted an aggressive Facebook video strategy, using Facebook Live to complement its broadcasts, while major local events like the Orlando shooting underscored the platform's utility.  More | Add comment
  • Papers Must Use Data To Shape Their Monetization Plans

    Troubled newspapers can’t afford a one-size solution to their monetization strategy, Arvid Tchivzhel and Taohang Zhang argue. Rather, the answers lie in their first-party data, which can show them how to maximize total net revenue from both advertising and subscription revenue. More | Add comment
  • Facebook Propels WLBT To Social Leadership

    Raycom-owned WLBT has a commanding lead on social media among its local competitors in Jackson, Miss. according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley looks at the station’s Facebook playbook, which is helping drive such strong engagement.  More | Comments (1)
  • WCTI Leads Greenville, N.C. Social Media

    Bonten-owned WCTI holds a solid lead on local media competition among its Greenville, N.C. peers on social, according to data from Shareablee over the last six months. Gray’s WITN, meanwhile, captured the highest number of fans/followers on social.    More | Comments (3)
  • K-LOVE Dominates Fort Smith, Ark. Social

    Among local media on social in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark., Christian radio broadcaster K-LOVE rules by orders of magnitude according to Shareablee data. Only Tribune-owned KSFM comes remotely close in terms of total social actions over the last six months.  More | Add comment
  • WTVF Wins Nashville Social Media

    Scripps’ WTVF topped local media in social media actions over the past six months, but it’s in a close race with Meredith-owned WSMV, which bested it in terms of overall fans/followers according to Shareablee data. More | Add comment
  • In Knoxville, Radio Trounces TV On Social

    When it comes to performance on social media among local media outlets, TV and newspapers don’t hold a candle to radio. WIMZ-FM, a classic rock station, annihilates all comers on total social actions according to Shareablee data, while Scripps’ WKHT, better known as Hot 104.5, commands the vast majority of fans/followers. More | Comments (1)
  • ‘Tags Over Titles’ A Key Lesson For Publisher Videos

    Colorado’s Ballantine Communications has been aggressively producing video content for its newspapers. One of the most important takeaways, says CEO Doug Bennett, is that audiences gravitate to the topics they’re interested in far more than navigating a limited and prescribed slate of online “shows.”   More | Add comment
  • How To Build Your Digital-Age Newsroom

    Ron Stitt lays out a modern vision for the local TV newsroom staffed by multi-tasking, highly productive staffers serving up much more relevant, engaging content (and a lot more of it). Getting there, however, involves completely refiguring budgets and personnel, plus the willingness to do so.  More | Comments (1)
  • Video, Pot Show Promise For Denver Post

    Newsroom morale may have sunk with cutbacks and leadership departures at Digital First’s flagship Denver Post, but Reid Wicoff, its digital sales chief, says its struggles are inspiring innovation. Video — via its nascent DPTV effort — has been a boon, he tells NetNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp, and so has its pot vertical, The Cannabist. In an exclusive interview, he says digital now accounts for almost a third of the paper’s overall revenue.  More | Add comment
  • Now On Media’s CMS Checklist: Distributed Publishing, Monetization

    Many media companies are pushing back against monolithic content management systems, opting for a more flexible set of tools and more APIs. In this special report, Angela Misri looks at how integration with distributed publishing platforms, greater mobility and even monetization tools have risen to the top of media’s CMS needs and their providers’ roadmaps.   More | Comments (5)

Special Reports

How Graham Convinced Bezos To Buy WashPost
Business Insider, May 19, 2016, 7:02 AM EDT
Graham Not Slowing Down After Post Sale
The New York Times, Aug 5, 2014, 8:26 AM EDT
Ex-WashPo Owner Helps Set Up College Fund
The Washington Post, Feb 4, 2014, 5:57 PM EST
WashPo's Weymouth: We're In Great Position
Bethesda Magazine, Dec 30, 2013, 8:29 AM EST
Katharine Weymouth, publisher of The Washington Post, on the paper after its purchase by Jeff Bezos: "We are in a great position. We have a credible brand, deeply engaged readers, [and we] cover Washington. And now we are owned by someone with deep pockets who cares what we do and is willing to invest for the long term." Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos: I Had To Be Talked Into Buying WaPo
Forbes, Dec 2, 2013, 2:37 PM EST
Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and new owner of The Washington Post, told CBS's 60 Minutes he was highly skeptical when Don Graham, the Post’s then-chairman, came to him looking to hand over the paper. He told Graham he “didn’t know anything about the news business” and didn’t consider himself a “logical buyer.” Bezos also said Amazon sees delivery via drones in the future. Watch the full interview here. Link | Add comment
Behind The Jeff Bezos Curtain At WashPo
National Journal, Nov 6, 2013, 8:37 AM EST
Jeff Bezos has yet to truly make a mark on his latest acquisition, The Washington Post. In some ways, that shouldn't be a surprise: The deal closed only a month ago. But that doesn't mean that there hasn't been some potential for a shake-up. One high-profile editor, Fred Hiatt, offered his resignation to the billionaire owner — and Bezos has shown interest in taking down the paper's online paywall when large-scale news events happen. Link | Add comment
Omidyar, Bezos Must Take Risks With Media
The Daily Beast, Nov 4, 2013, 3:56 PM EST
Pierre Omidyar and Jeff Bezos' media investments are tremendous news for America's vulnerable, who are typically ignored by traditional media. But the new ventures must take risks. Link | Add comment
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Buffett Mulled Buying WashPo, But Passed
Fortune, Oct 23, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT
Warren Buffett, head of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns a number of local newspapers through its BH Media Group, says he briefly considered buying The Washington Post, but decided the purchase wouldn't work. Buffett says for him to have bought it for Berkshire would have saddled the next CEO with a metro newspaper that he or she possibly wouldn't want. Link | Add comment
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WashPo Staff Bids Farewell To Grahams
The New York Times, Oct 22, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT
The Graham family said goodbye to The Washington Post after eight decades of ownership with an emotional send-off reception on Monday night for roughly 650 current and former employees at its downtown headquarters. Link | Add comment
WashPo Tells Journos They Must Sell Stock, Oct 3, 2013, 7:48 AM EDT
The Washington Post Co. inadvertantly released a list of journalists who received stock-option bonuses over the past three years in an email to employees informing them they must sell their holdings because of the change in the paper's ownership. The options are worth more than $630 per share at present value, according to a report from Jim Romenesko. Link | Add comment
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Bezos’ Customer Focus Won’t Save News
Memeburn, Oct 1, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT
Tom Foremski: "Would a customer-centric newsroom transform the venerable institution into a newspaper with an almost permanent Miley Cyrus front page, and a bus/tech section always about Apple and Google? ... That's a tough directive because it would mean giving up editorial control to the fickle themes of popular culture, and the loss of an editorial voice — the single most important feature that distinguishes and defines any newspaper." Link | Add comment
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Bezos' WashPo Buy Will Help Boost Kindle
Forbes, Oct 1, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT
Benjy Boxer: "Jeff Bezos probably bought the Washington Post for one reason – the Amazon Kindle. The increase in Amazon's valuation plus the raw material savings from shutting down the printing business at the Washington Post more than justify the $250mm price he paid." Link | Add comment
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What Will Post Co.'s Future Be Without Post?
The Washington Post, Oct 1, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT
As the sale of The Washington Post to Amazon's Jeff Bezos officially closes, what comes next for The Washington Post Co. is as much a mystery as the company's new name, which has yet to be unveiled. Donald Graham, the company's CEO and chairman, is 68, with no obvious successor. And Kaplan, the education business that could comprise about two-thirds of the company's revenue, is in the middle of a massive turnaround. Link | Add comment
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WashPo Closes Sale To Amazon's Jeff Bezos
The Washington Post, Oct 1, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT founder and CEO Jeff Bezos formally took over as the owner of The Washington Post on Tuesday, officially ending 80 years of local control of the newspaper by the Graham family.Bezos' $250 million purchase was completed as expected with the signing of sale documents. The signing transfers the newspaper and other assets from the Washington Post Co. to Nash Holdings, Bezos' private investment company. Link | Add comment
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A Look At Forces That Shaped WashPo Sale
The Washington Post, Sep 30, 2013, 8:13 AM EDT
For more than 20 years, there has been a growing sense of alarm among The Washington Post's business executives about trends in the industry that could destroy the franchise. Along the way, hard decisions have been made, some underappreciated or forgotten, some of them recent and raw. In the end, the Graham family opted to shop the paper to Robert Allbritton, Michael Bloomberg, David Rubenstein, Eric Schmidt and Amazon's Jeff Bezos. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos: Papers May Become A 'Luxury Item', Sep 27, 2013, 7:55 AM EDT
"Someday, I don't know how many years in the future, it may be decades, but I think printed newspapers on actual paper may be a luxury item," Jeff Bezos, new owner of The Washington Post, says in an interview with the Today Show. "People still have horses, but it's not their primary way of commuting to the office."   Link | Add comment
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Bezos 'Optimistic' About WashPo Future
CNN, Sep 25, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of and new owner of The Washington Post, sat down with CNN Correspondent Dan Simon to talk about the launch of the new Kindle Fire tablets, and opened up about his $250 million purchase of the Post. “For me, I thought the Washington Post is an important institution, and I’m optimistic about its future. It’s a personal investment. I’m hopeful that I can help from a distance in part by providing runway for them to do a series of experiments," Bezos said.
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Data Should Be Top Of WashPo To-Do List
Monday Note, Sep 23, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT
For customer-related technologies, the financial and intellectual backing of Jeff Bezos, and his Amazon experience can give The Washigton Post a huge competitive advantage. Here is what Frédéric Fillou says should be at the top of the to-do list. Link | Add comment
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Memo #2 To Bezos: News Products, Design
Monday Note, Sep 17, 2013, 6:35 AM EDT
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Will Bezos Keep WashPo's Paywall?
Online Publishers Association, Sep 9, 2013, 3:23 PM EDT
While there are still many unanswered questions, a few things became clear in Jeff Bezos' first interview: 1) He's not a fan of the pay wall — at least not how it's structured now; 2) online ads aren't a big winner in his mind either; and 3) he's all about experimentation. Link | Add comment
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Memo To Bezos: Try Washington Post Prime
Monday Note, Sep 9, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT
Frédéric Filloux: "We can be sure Jeff Bezos will try many things with The Washington Post. One could be drawing inspiration from Amazon's fabulously successful Prime service." Link | Add comment
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Sorry, Bezos, News Bundle Isn’t Coming Back
The Washington Post, Sep 5, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT
This week, journalists at The Washington Post got their first look at Jeff Bezos' vision for the Post. There was a lot to like. Bezos emphasized the importance of a focus on the long term, dedication to readers and learning from scrappy upstarts like Business Insider. But part of his vision for the Post represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the online news business — and what it will take for the Post to thrive in it. Link | Add comment
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Bezos To WashPo Journos: Put Readers First
The Washington Post, Sep 5, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT
Jeff Bezos had a simple bit of advice for the staff of the newspaper he'll soon own: Put readers, not advertisers, first. Don't write to impress each other. And above all, "Don't be boring." In a whirlwind series of meetings over two days, the billionaire charmed and disarmed rooms full of skeptical journalists with a relentlessly upbeat vision that evoked The Washington Post's best traditions while promising to update them for a technologically advanced new era. Link | Add comment
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Bezos Meets With Washington Post Journos
The Washington Post, Sep 4, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT
The Washington Post
's new owner, Jeff Bezos, long wary of journalists, held a series of meetings with the paper's editors and reporters Wednesday, saying that he is optimistic about the future of journalism and wants to create a "daily ritual bundle" that would appeal to a variety of readers. Link | Add comment
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Bezos Visits The Post To Meet With Editors
The Washington Post, Sep 4, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT
Jeff Bezos, new owner of The Washington Post, met with editors and company executives Tuesday, but offered few clues about his plans for the newspaper. On Wednesday, Bezos plans to have breakfast with investigative journalist Bob Woodward, lunch with senior editors and a meeting with about 20 other Post journalists. After a tour of the newspaper’s production plant in Springfield, he will hold a town hall meeting with the entire newsroom. Link | Add comment
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Bezos Aims For New 'Golden Era' At WashPo
The Washington Post, Sep 3, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT
Jeff Bezos, in an interview with The Washington Post, the newspaper he bought for $250 million last month, wants to bring about a new "golden era" at the Post. “We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient,” he says. “If you replace ‘customer’ with ‘reader,’ that approach, that point of view, can be successful at the Post, too.” Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
It's Time To Think About Nonprofit Papers
Policymic, Aug 27, 2013, 8:25 AM EDT
With The Washington Post being sold to billionaire Amzon founder Jeff Bezos and the Koch brothers recent flirtation with the Tribune Co. newspapers, Benjamin Cosman wonders if it's time for nonprofit newspapers: "With private ownership and profit margins, there is, to varying degrees, always an undercurrent of message. The same may very well be true for a public non-profit newspaper. But the goal should be to shift the concentration of ownership from few hands to many" Link | Add comment
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For Bezos, WashPo Brand Won't Be Enough
Forbes, Aug 20, 2013, 8:34 AM EDT
Eric Bovim on the sale of  The Washington Post to Jeff Bezos: "There have been few success stories in recent years of big media brands embracing technology to preserve their brands. ... Perhaps his newest acquisition is just another piece of curio for the parlor. Very rich people sometimes do what one might deem odd things with their fortunes, though there's perhaps reason to at least hope this commerical visionary sees something we don't." Link | Add comment
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Expecting The Unexpected From Jeff Bezos
The New York Times, Aug 19, 2013, 8:31 AM EDT
David Streitfeld and Christine Haughney: "No one, apparently including [Jeff] Bezos himself, seems to know what he intends to do with that fabled newspaper. This is, after all, a man who once said the quality he most wanted in a wife was the ability to spring him from a third-world prison. He can probably be counted on to think unpredictably." Link | Add comment
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Will Bezos Keep Up WaPo's Open Gov Fight?
Washington City Paper, Aug 16, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT
Lucy Dalglish, University of Maryland journalism professor, on Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post: "Perhaps Bezos has spent enough time in Sun Valley each summer with Post Company CEO Don Graham to have absorbed some of Graham’s sense of community and public service. By keeping the current leadership team, Bezos may be able to pick up some of the Post’s First Amendment ethos." Link | Add comment
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Washington Post And Jeff Bezos' 'To Do' List
CNBC, Aug 13, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT
Jeff Bezos, his designees in Washington and his investment operation have a rather big challenge: How do they get their arms around an exceedingly troubled business, The Washington Post, from 2,500 miles away without a new management team in place? Link | Add comment
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Samuelson: The News Isn't Free
The Washington Post, Aug 13, 2013, 7:48 AM EDT
Robert Samuelson: "Papers such as The [Washington] Post contribute to a free society by undertaking the expensive reporting that others won’t — and which informs us of who we are. But it’s not free. It rests on editorial independence — the ability to pursue stories no matter how inconvenient — and commercial success. Someone has to pay the bills. [Jeff] Bezos’s task is to respect editorial independence and restore its economic base." Link | Add comment
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As Graham Sells Post, A Lesson From Past
The Washington Post, Aug 13, 2013, 7:48 AM EDT
What does it mean when a digital native owns a major news organization? We’re about to find out. Jeff Bezos has not yet revealed his plans for The Washington Post, except for the tantalizing promise that “We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment.” But Dan Beyers says Bezos would do well to remember a lesson from Donald Graham (left) that a newspaper is more than the stories it publishes — it's a business based on relationships. Link | Add comment
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Bezos And WashPo: In The Empire Business
On The Media, Aug 12, 2013, 6:42 AM EDT
Washington Post Sale
For Jeff Bezos, A New Frontier
The Washington Post, Aug 12, 2013, 6:42 AM EDT
Last Monday's announcement that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was buying The Washington Post  for $250 million invited another level of scrutiny for the tech pioneer, one that goes well beyond what attends being a business titan. Bezos’s politics and sense of fairness may come to bear as the newspaper, in a perilous state of flux, takes on a new shape. Link | Add comment
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Publishers Weigh In On Bezos' WashPo Deal
NetNewsCheck, Aug 12, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT
Last week, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos purchased The Washington Post for $250 million. NetNewsCheck asked four prominent newspaper publishers what Bezos’ deal may mean for the industry. E.W. Scripps' Rich Boehne: "We’d like to think [this purchase] is confirmation of our strategy and that we’re not alone in concentrating on building much stronger affinity around the newspaper." Full Story | Add comment
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Post Deal Comes As Tech Eyes News Biz
Los Angeles Times, Aug 9, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT
As the news industry has floundered, Silicon Valley has taken note. In recent years, various companies and personalities have turned their attention to the woes of the news business. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Bezos Known For Demanding Style
The Washington Post, Aug 9, 2013, 7:47 AM EDT
In the relentlessly efficient world of Jeffrey P. Bezos, Amazon employees quickly learn when they have overtaxed the attention of their chief executive. He quietly pulls out his smartphone and starts replying to e-mails. In extreme cases, Bezos will walk out. This demanding style is as much a signature of the founder as his famously long-term approach to developing new products or services, say people who have worked with the man. Link | Add comment
Washington Post Sale
Amazon’s Founder Is Looking For A Legacy
Nieman Journalism Lab, Aug 8, 2013, 8:48 AM EDT
The Washington Post
offers Bezos the chance to reinvent a newspaper during turbulent times, and in the process leave something to his family beyond Amazon. Tim Carmody: "Bezos is not Facebook's Chris Hughes looking for a second act, or Boston's John Henry closing the circle on a local empire. And while it's fun to write what-if fan fiction about diabolical schemes Bezos might concoct to turn the Post into an organ for Amazon's interests or use his combined power to become a new tyrant-king, I don't think that's what he's up to either." Link | Add comment
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Can Bezos Ship Online Savvy To WashPo?
Associated Press, Aug 7, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT
Jeff Bezos, head of e-commerce giant, is determined to face the challenge of reversing the financial slide that has hit major U.S. newspapers, raising hope that the Web-savvy executive can provide the industry a template for making the leap from the printed page to digital devices. Full Story | Add comment
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Graham Likely To Keep Diversifying Post Co.
The Washington Post, Aug 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
The Washington Post
may be the iconic brand on the company's downtown building, but the sale of its flagship newspaper turns it into more of a holding company of businesses that have little in common — including education, television, home health care and even furnaces. The new company — which will be renamed after the sale is complete — will resemble a mini-Berkshire Hathaway Link | Add comment
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Bezos Could Apply Amazon Model To Papers
The Washington Post, Aug 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
It remains to be seen whether the experiences of an Internet behemoth can be successfully applied to a legacy newspaper — and whether Amazon-style customer targeting would be palatable at a news organization. But if Jeff Bezos applies the kind of innovations to The Washington Post that have propelled Amazon, he could radically upend traditional assumptions about how the paper delivers its journalism, generates ad revenue and interacts with its readers. Link | Add comment
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Bezos: Values Of Post Do Not Need Changing
The Washington Post, Aug 6, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT
Jeff Bezos in a memo to Washington Post staffers said there will be change at the paper eventually but its mission will stay the same: "The values of The Post do not need changing. The paper’s duty will remain to its readers and not to the private interests of its owners. We will continue to follow the truth wherever it leads, and we’ll work hard not to make mistakes. When we do, we will own up to them quickly and completely." Link | Add comment
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WashPo Behind Peers In Shift To Digital
NetNewsCheck, Aug 6, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT
A new chart from Mashable and Statista shows The Washington Post is trailing its competitors in the quest for digital subscribers. Among the country's top 10 newspapers, the Post is near the bottom with digital as a percentage of total circulation, trailing well behind The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. | Add comment
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What Kind Of Paper Owner Will Bezos Be
New York Magazine, Aug 6, 2013, 8:11 AM EDT
There is no real way to know how Jeff Bezos will run The Washington Post. But although he's never owned a newspaper before, it is possible to draw a few inferences from his track record as an entrepreneur and a boss. And some of his traits could benefit the paper: He's patient, willing to experiment, knows the Internet and is independent and private. Link | Add comment
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US Papers Being Bought Up By Billionaires
Time , Aug 6, 2013, 7:49 AM EDT
From Jeff Bezos and John Henry to Warren Buffett, some of the country's richest men are throwing their money into what many experts are saying is an industry in decline. So why are some of America’s sharpest businessmen falling over themselves to get a piece? Link | Add comment
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Experts: WaPo Sale Further Devalues Papers
The Wrap, Aug 6, 2013, 7:11 AM EDT
In this vastly more challenging and complex media environment, if newspapers don’t find the resolve to put self-interest aside and find ways to leverage their collective audiences, the path to growth and sustainability will become increasingly difficult to navigate. Link | Add comment
Amazon's Bezos Buys The Washington Post
NetNewsCheck, Aug 5, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT
Report: WashPo Likely To Erect Paywall In '13
NetNewsCheck, Dec 7, 2012, 7:03 AM EST
The Washington Post
is likely to end its holdout against a paywall in 2013, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The Journal quoted “people familiar with the matter” who said that the Post would likely roll out a metered paywall next year — “no earlier than next summer” — along with an increase in its newsstand price. WSJ subscribers can read the full report here. | Add comment
CEO: WaPo Looking At Every Kind Of Paywall
NetNewsCheck, Dec 3, 2012, 3:30 PM EST
Washington Post
CEO Donald Graham, who has in the past said that the newspaper would eschew paywalls, today during the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference admitted that the newspaper was examining different models to see if any would work for the Post. "We are obviously looking at paywalls of every type. But the reason we haven’t adopted one yet is that we haven’t found one that actually adds to profits,” Graham said. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo's Graham Sells $6.7M Of Facebook Shares
The Washington Post, Nov 27, 2012, 3:33 PM EST
Why WashPo Will Never Have A Paywall
GigaOM, Jul 19, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT
Mathew Ingram: "The Washington Post CEO [Donald Graham's] inclination leans far more towards experimentation with new media formats and platforms than it does towards backwards-looking efforts like paywalls." Link | Add comment
Graham: Why Paywall Won't Work For Post
Fortune, Jul 18, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT
Donald Graham, CEO of The Washington Post, speaking at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference, told attendees that because 90% of the paper's audience is outside of the Washington area — but that the paper itself has only local distribution — so the premise simply doesn't make sense. Link | Add comment
How Donald Graham Fumbled WashPo
Forbes, Feb 8, 2012, 3:18 PM EST
Jeff Bercovici: "In early 2005 Chairman and CEO Donald E. Graham, tipped off to the then embryonic social networking site by an employee whose daughter was at Harvard, approached Zuckerberg about making an equity investment. Within days the two had a handshake deal for a $6 million infusion. But when Silicon Valley venture firm Accel Partners offered to buy in at a higher valuation, Zuckerberg got cold feet. Graham could have pressed him to honor his verbal contract or at least made a counteroffer. Instead, he encouraged the 20-year-old to follow his heart. Zuckerberg went with Accel." Link | Add comment
Facebook IPO
Facebook, Graham Have Been Very Close
Forbes, Feb 3, 2012, 2:35 PM EST
Facebook's IPO filing also revealed just how close the relationship between the social network and founder Mark Zuckerberg's friend Washington Post Co. CEO Donald Graham is. Graham, who has been a member of Facebook's board since 2008, holds 1 million shares of Facebook stock. Link | Add comment
Zuckerberg, Graham: Facebook Friends
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 11, 2012, 7:27 AM EST
Donald Graham, the 66-year-old CEO of The Washington Post, and 27-year-old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have bridged the age gap — as well as the gap between old and new media — to form an unlikely friendship that has each serving as a mentor to the other. Wall Street Journal subscribers can read the full story here. Link | Add comment
WashPo's Graham Touts New Social Reader
All Things Digital, Sep 29, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT
Washington Post chairman Donald Graham was at Facebook's F8 conference last week to show off the newspaper's new Social Reader app for Facebook.
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Exec: News Sites' Future Has 'Social Element'
Huffington Post, Sep 23, 2011, 7:22 AM EDT
Washington Post Co. CEO Donald Graham on the newspaper's Facebook partnership: "For me, I think in the future, good news sites -- and we're going to be one -- are going to have a social element. And here's the first chance to prove that. Here's the first chance to develop something special. Here's the first chance to see how important this is." Link | Add comment
Graham: WaPo Won't Be Paywall 'Pioneer'
MediaPost, Dec 7, 2010, 8:00 AM EST
The Washington Post will not rush into a paid content model. Washington Post Co. CEO Donald Graham at the 38th annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York said the company will watch how The New York Times performs as it institutes fees next year, and how the Times of London succeeds with its current effort: "We're not going to be pioneers on those experiments, but we'll be watching everyone ... we're quite willing to be followers on this front." Link | Add comment

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