Amazon老大Jeff Bezos收购了“Washington Post”,好像在业界引起了很大轰动啊,HFP,NYT…到处的头条!一个行业的颠覆者收购一个传统行业的模范,倒也合情合理。

HuffPost配图用到了一张达斯汀.霍夫曼和罗伯特.雷福德德剧照,他俩合演的“All the President’s Men”讲的是WAPO记者揭露水门事件的故事,正因为此WAPO成就了记者新闻业职业操守的典范。(霍夫曼真的很帅啊!他的经典可不少…)

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可以从维基百科的“凱瑟琳·葛蘭姆”了解一点Graham家族的“华盛顿邮报”历史。

而Jeff Bezos在收购后,写给WAPO的信也是值得一看的,行文不错!

By Jeff Bezos, Tuesday, August 6, 4:41 AM

To the employees of The Washington Post:

You’ll have heard the news, and many of you will greet it with a degree of apprehension. When a single family owns a company for many decades, and when that family acts for all those decades in good faith, in a principled manner, in good times and in rough times, as stewards of important values – when that family has done such a good job – it is only natural to worry about change.

So, let me start with something critical. 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.

I won’t be leading The Washington Post day-to-day. I am happily living in “the other Washington” where I have a day job that I love. Besides that, The Post already has an excellent leadership team that knows much more about the news business than I do, and I’m extremely grateful to them for agreeing to stay on.

There will, of course, be change at The Post over the coming years. That’s essential and would have happened with or without new ownership. The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy. We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment. Our touchstone will be readers, understanding what they care about – government, local leaders, restaurant openings, scout troops, businesses, charities, governors, sports – and working backwards from there. I’m excited and optimistic about the opportunity for invention.

Journalism plays a critical role in a free society, and The Washington Post — as the hometown paper of the capital city of the United States — is especially important. I would highlight two kinds of courage the Grahams have shown as owners that I hope to channel. The first is the courage to say wait, be sure, slow down, get another source. Real people and their reputations, livelihoods and families are at stake. The second is the courage to say follow the story, no matter the cost. While I hope no one ever threatens to put one of my body parts through a wringer, if they do, thanks to Mrs. Graham’s example, I’ll be ready.

I want to say one last thing that’s really not about the paper or this change in ownership. I have had the great pleasure of getting to know Don very well over the last ten plus years. I do not know a finer man.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bezos

最后来一张经典的Jeff Bezos。

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