In for the right reasons’

Dan Kennedy, a pro­fessor of jour­nalism at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity who is writing a book on changes in the news­paper industry, said he is encour­aged that Bezos is taking the risk.

He seems to be in for the right rea­sons,” Kennedy said.

He sees it as a civic trust, and wants to run it as a good news­paper, and maybe even expand it,” noting that that Bezos “is really our leading dig­ital visionary when it comes to the con­sumer economy.”

I’m totally opti­mistic that he has put him­self in a posi­tion to do some­thing about this ter­rible calamity that has affected paid jour­nalism,” Kennedy added, noting the lasting lore of Water­gate in Amer­ican journalism.

So many people in my gen­er­a­tion went into jour­nalism because of ‘All The President’s Men,’” he said, refer­ring to the book and film about the Post’s role in the Water­gate scandal.

Every­body wanted to be Wood­ward and Bern­stein. People thought (actor) Jason Robards was the Post’s editor.”

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