To continue the discussion about the future of news from my recent column "Citizen Bezos": Al Jazeera America is now on air with promises to offer in-...
There's something so beautifully simple about a deadline. It's a thing you don't experience much in most of your life: a clean ending.
In this new environment, the concept of the editorial page as advancing a particular ideological orientation became obsolete as we do not have varieties of political orientations anymore. We have strong polarization of opinions.
The future will definitely be a hybrid one, combining the best practices of traditional journalism with the best tools available to the digital world. Jeff Bezos has already changed the definition of what retail is; our definition of what constitutes news could use the same level of rethinking.
It has often been said that a Jewish boy has a better chance of owning a professional sports team than playing on one. But, lately I've been thinking about all the Jewish guys who at some point in their lives determined that they'd rather write and talk about their favorite sports than play them.
Many people still have the stereotypical notion of the blogger as the pajamarati. While there is a lot of ranting and raving in the blogosphere, many bloggers do engage in real reporting. The definition of who is a journalist or reporter should be interpreted broadly in light of the changing media landscape.
"My biggest fear when I shutdown the service was that no good would come of it," says Ladar Levison, the owner of Lavabit, an encrypted email service ...
I deeply regret that I was unfair to Mr. Kerlikowske and misled the readers of Huffington Post regarding his support and commitment on important public health issues.
Those favoring freedom of speech and behavior should bristle in response to a recent "critique" of U.S. law by a British Lord.
The prosecution made a motion for a "Gag Order" (a motion to disallow media) in the case of Barrett Brown. Brown is one of the subjects of my film, The Reality Wars, which is about the targeting of hacktivists, activists and journalists by the U.S. government.
This week brought the further merging of new and traditional media when Amazon's Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million. The prevailing sentiment from media observers was one of hope -- hope that someone as innovative and entrepreneurial as Bezos can save this valuable part of America's cultural infrastructure. With all the talk this week about preserving great journalism, it's also a valuable opportunity to ponder what's missing from our media landscape. If the purpose of journalism is to give people a better sense of what's happening in their world, reporting only on what's broken isn't enough. How about more on what is working? At a time when our government is deeply dysfunctional, showing how people are having a positive impact in their communities -- and how others can too -- is essential. Let's just hope Bezos succeeds in reviving his new purchase before his 10,000-year clock runs out.
Mr. Bezos' embrace of invention, his almost neurotic attention to detail, his patience and investment in the long view, give the Washington Post and the industry the best shot at relevancy and survival.
Not since 1978 has the journalism industry been made up of so few. The reductions in newsroom staff last year brought the industry down another 30 per...
Although the Internet may have destroyed the newspaper's old business model, we can use it to create a new decentralized system that may generate an even more vibrant marketplace of ideas for the twenty-first century.
The paper is at an important crossroads. Should The Washington Post's legacy of editorial independence, investigative journalism, outstanding writing and reporting, and service to the public become the victim of "frugality" and "customer obsessions", the paper will precipitously decline.
From my desk in a downtown office roughly equidistant from the Post and the White House, I felt a silence muffle the capital at 4:41, the very moment I was reading the breaking news of the Graham-to-Bezos handoff.