Tag: jeff bezos

by Jefferson Yen

Could billionaires become the grand patrons who save traditional media from self-destruction? That was the thinking when Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes bought the New Republic, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar started First Look Media. But these grand patrons have found that the media world doesn’t come easy. […] more »

by Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

The following opinion piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Chris Hughes and Pierre Omidyar have quickly fallen from grace as the saviors of independent media, as storied editors and journalists flee from the implosions of, respectively, The New Republic and First Look Media. And that’s led to an obvious […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. The group that rules the Web (Paul Ford / The New Yorker) 2. Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Jordan Crook / TechCrunch) 3. Laura Poitras and Amy Goodman to receive I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence (Nieman Foundation) 4. Lessons on censorship from Syria’s internet filter machines (Emiliano De Cristofaro / The Conversation) […] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Courtney Cowgill. 1. White House names Google’s Megan Smith the next Chief Technology Officer of the United States (Nancy Scola / Washington Post) 2. The newsonomics of the Washington Post and New York Times network wars (Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab) 3. Former […] more »

by Fannie Cohen

Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, a one-stop shop for books, streaming movies, and even toilet paper. And they became the world’s largest online retailer with a mix of convenient delivery and low prices that beat the competition. For authors, this has been a mixed bag — Amazon connects consumers with books that don’t […] more »

by Claire Groden

This week, the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein joined a growing group of big-name journalists leaving traditional news outlets for ones that promise to be at the edge of digital innovation. Ezra Klein is bound for his own venture within the digitally native Vox Media, while the New York Times’ David Pogue and ABC’s Katie Couric […] more »

by Mark Glaser

This was a year of great consternation and great exuberance, marked indelibly by the revelations about wide and unregulated surveillance by the NSA, brought by Edward Snowden. And the exuberance came in a return to heady dot-com days with the Twitter IPO, an amazing “look ma, no profits!” way of raising billions of dollars from […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Jeff Bezos’ big 60 Minutes reveal: Delivery drones and private cloud (Barb Darrow / GigaOm) 2. Turning to public to back investigative journalism (Leslie Kaufman / New York Times) 3. Detective.io launches as platform for data investigations (Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk) 4. Viral content is going to be a terrible business model (Bryan Goldberg […] more »

by Zach C. Cohen

It’s a scary but exciting world for newspaper owners right now, especially if they’re in a selling mood. Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, bought the Washington Post last week (while our podcast was on vacation — great timing!), and Red Sox owner John Henry bought the Boston Globe before that. As newspapers […] more »

by Gabriel Kahn

By now, the ink has dried on Jeff Bezos’ acquisition of the Washington Post and commentators have dissected the deal from a multitude of different angles. Yet, I still can’t contain my excitement about what this could potentially mean for the news industry. Billionaires have always lusted after media properties, and this trend hasn’t slowed […] more »