90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post, And The Future Of Newspapers

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post. We look at the future of newspapers as they merge with the digital world.

In this Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, photo, The Washington Post for Kindle application is displayed for purchase on an Amazon Kindle in New York. (AP)

In this Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, photo, The Washington Post for Kindle application is displayed for purchase on an Amazon Kindle in New York. (AP)

It was a bolt from the blue this month when Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said he would buy the Washington Post.  A premier, flagship, storied news franchise, snapped up by a dot-com mogul who made his billions crushing book stores and selling everything online.

Newspapers have been up against it for years now.  Struggling to find their way to revenues in the digital era.  Now, a digital mogul has come to newspapers.  As owner.  Boss.

This hour, On Point:  Jeff Bezos and the future of newspapers as they merge with the digital world.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

John Harris, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Politico.

Chris Hughes, purchased The New Republic in 2012, now publisher and editor-in-chief. Co-founder and former spokesman for Facebook. (@chrishughes)

Bill Keller, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, and former executive editor of The New York Times from 2003-2011. (@nytkeller)

From Tom’s Reading List

The Los Angeles Times: Is Jeff Bezos journalism’s savior or just another bean counter? – “Many have wondered if journalism as we have known it has any future. Metro newspapers have faced a calamitous drop in revenue in the last decade as advertisers have rushed to the Internet like passengers mobbing lifeboats on the Titanic. Ironically, in an age when the public is gorging on information like never before, the most respected purveyors of reliable information — newspapers — have become endangered enterprises.”

The New York Times: Expecting the Unexpected From Jeff Bezos – “No one, apparently including Mr. 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.”

Variety: Future of Print Journalism? Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post Purchase Spurs Questions – “Yet the lingering fear is that while journalists dream of finding a Bruce Wayne — or in the case of the Los Angeles Times, an Eli Broad or David Geffen — they might wind up under the thumb of a Lex Luthor or some Bondian villain, eager to use these shiny new toys to pursue nefarious goals and world domination.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Sep 30, 2014
St. Louis county police officers advance on protestors trying to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP)

Police shootings, cop culture, body cameras. And the big debate over how to protect the public and the police.

Sep 30, 2014
In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Rosser Pryor, Co-owner and President of Factory Automation Systems, examines a new high-performance industrial robot at the company's Atlanta facility.  (AP)

Nicholas Carr says automation, all over, is turning us into zombies. Out of touch with the world. He’s with us.

RECENT
SHOWS
Sep 29, 2014
A 1597 map of Lesbos / Mytilene, Greece by Giacomo Franco. (Flickr / Creative Commons)

How Aristotle invented science. The great ancient Greek, and life on Earth.

 
Sep 29, 2014
In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Peter Thiel speaks in San Francisco. (AP)

Silicon Valley’s Peter Thiel; the entrepreneur, investor and the PayPal co-founder’s call for deep invention.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: September 26, 2014
Friday, Sep 26, 2014

All of you love to listen to old broadcasts when we play them, and Taylor Swift loves the Internet.

More »
Comment
 
NPR’s Chris Arnold On Garnished Wages
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014

NPR’s Chris Arnold took part in a remarkable new reporting series tackling the rise of garnished wages as a way to pay off debt. He talked to us today about the series.

More »
3 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: September 19, 2014
Friday, Sep 19, 2014

Lots of big, contentious topics on the show this week — from Zionism to early education, corporal punishment to development in the Grand Canyon.

More »
Comment