Many newspaper veterans may be fearful about the outcome of the sale of the Washington Post to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, but a University of North Texas journalism professor calls the sale “a positive sign that ‘old school’ management approaches to running a newspaper are outdated.”
Cornelius “Neil” Foote Jr., assistant professor in UNT’s Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, says the sale “is indicative of the disruptive change happening in the newspaper business,” but adds that Bezos “brings a new perspective, new energy and undoubtedly a more e-centric approach to running a business.”
“Bezos has a lot to offer from the good, the bad and the ugly of the Amazon.com model, particularly on understanding consumer buying patterns, customization and marketing,” says Foote, who was a staff writer for the Post from 1986 to 1990 and researches the future of newspapers and online journalism. “All that he has said indicates that he values quality journalism. That’s a plus and should erase the fears of many who are concerned. My guess is that he will surround himself with a diverse group of advisers to preserve, and maybe even resurrect, the Washington Post brand.”
Foote may be reached at 214-448-3765 or firstname.lastname@example.org.