On Aug. 5, the day The Washington Post sale to Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos was announced, staff members were as stunned as readers, according to Post columnist David Ignatius.
On a recent “Meet The Press” panel about the future of journalism, Ignatius discussed the despair at the Post that the paper would no longer be owned by the Graham family, who had been at the helm for 80 years.
Ignatius said it wasn’t until a few hours later that it started dawning on the staff that the resources that Bezos would be bringing to the Post would be practically endless, as would the opportunities to recreate the news in a way that perhaps would be even better than it ever has been.
I know, I don’t work for the Washington Post, but I recently sat next to a former Post editor while in New York where I accepted the Mirror Award on behalf of The Missouri Press Association for the documentary film on The Joplin Globe called “Deadline in Disaster.”
Her take on the future of the press was the same as Greenberg’s. The reinvention of the newsroom is going to be an exciting ride.
So, was sitting in a room filled with cigarette smoke in 1976 and banging out copy on an old typewriter really the “good old days”?
Some may remember it that way, but take it from me — it wasn’t.
As I rapidly approach my 37th year in the newspaper business, I still wake up every day with that sense that something exciting is going to happen and that my staff and I are going to be a part of bringing you that story.
I think the real “good old days” are yet to come.
Carol Stark is editor of The Joplin (Mo.) Globe. Email her at email@example.com.