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The Washington Post is Making Their Big Move and Here is What the Reporters Have to Say

Heil, Emily. “John Kerry, Jeff Bezos Celebrate Official Opening of New Washington Post Headquarters.Washington Post – Blogs; Washington, 28 Jan. 2016.

Exhibit: In Emily Heil’s article, “John Kerry, Jeff Bezos Celebrate Official Opening of New Washington Post Headquarters,” she reports opening of the new Washington Post headquarters establishes a new era for the newspaper. First reflecting on the successes of the past, the article explores the new achievements to come in the newly dedicated Graham Family Conference Room. This article is key to my research as a demonstration of the transition and emergence of a new era for the paper.

Though it may seem like I am collecting way too many Washington Post articles for this research, but I am doing this in order to get different perspectives on this matter. Reports are the ones who are directly being affected by the move and it is interesting to see what they have to say about the transition in power and the idea of the newspaper as a whole. This piece in particular will be interesting to analyse because it draws attention to the new conference room that is named after the past owners, as tribute. What does that mean for the company? Being known for innovative technological advancements, does Bezos wish to keep some origins of the paper or will he completely transform the concept? As I have mentioned before, the reporters are the one having that first person experience within the company and being the ones to speak out to the public, their work is an excellent exhibition source for understanding the internal modification within the Washington Post.


Niedt, Bob. “The Washington Post’s New Headquarters Mixes the Future of Journalism into Its LegacyWashington Business Journal, 18 Dec. 2015.

Background: In Bob Niedt’s article, The Washington Post’s New Headquarters Mixes the Future of Journalism into its Legacy,” he comments on the relocation of the national paper and what that means for the company. This article gives me the background information on how many employees are working for the newspaper and what is the size of the work space and that kind of information. This is also an article revealing the compositional rhetoric of the interior plan and design of the headquarters. The article also exposes the evolved factors of the newly digitized newsroom. Niedt also mentions that there exists ” the newsroom of the future. But also, there are lots of ties back to the legacy and brand we’ve created over the decades.”

Being a background source, it allows me to better understand the physical difference between the old and new headquarters. This article is essential to my research because it gives my research an outside perspective on the innovations that are happening in the relocated historic newsroom. At the old headquarters, the newsroom was the prized historic possession and many are curious how it was reconstructed. With the dramatic switch in power, came the sudden adaptation to modernized technology; for example there are “monitors are filled with the data that’s the lifeblood of new media: Analytics, the stuff that reveals where the readers are located, which stories they’re engaged with, for how long, how did they landed on The Post’s website and more.”

Bibliography 9&10

60 Minutes.Why Bezos Bought The Washington Post. YouTube. Accessed 3 May 2017.
In Jeff Bezos’ interview on the 60 Minutes show, he opened up about why he chose to purchase the Washington Post and what his plans were for the paper. The 60 Minutes show is know for getting down to the bare bones of the topic, which in this case was: what does the CEO of Amazon have to do with the D.C. based national paper.
I am using this as a background source, because I needed to get a better understanding of the story behind the business deal and why Bezos is getting into the news reporting business.     I believe it is best to use a video of Bezos, telling the public about his future plans for the paper, is the most genuine type of source because I can analyze his tone, physical mannerism and other rhetorical aspects of the interview.

The New York Times. Jeff Bezos: Background on the Amazon Founder Who Bought The Washington Post. YouTube. Accessed 3 May 2017.
In New York Times’ report on Jeff Bezos, they provided a detailed explanation of his successes and how he came about with Amazon. They also mentioned the work he has been doing on the Washington Post.
This is a background source addressing Jeff Bezos’ story and how he became as successful as he is. This is an essential source to my research because I have to know how he got to where he is now in order to understand how will he transform the Washington Post.

Katherine Graham and What the Washington Post is About Now


Davis, Deborah. Katharine the Great: Katharine Graham and her Washington Post Empire. 3rd ed., Sheridan Square Press, 1991.

Background and Argument: In Deborah Davis’ biography, Katharine the Great: Katharine Graham and her Washington Post Empire, she tells the story of Katharine Graham and how she built The Washington Post to be the nation newspaper we known it today and argues that it is the sole strength and confidence of Katherine Graham that represents the reputation of the Washington Post.

As a background source, this biography gives me an accurate representation of Katherine as a person and what the Washington Post was like when she ran it. This biography is also an argument piece displaying a perspective to my research of how the move to the new headquarters marks a new transition/evolution for the company within the internal organization and mission.  


“About Us.” Washington Post, 15 July 2014.

Exhibit: On the Washington Post’s public relations page, they exhibit a page solely focusing on explaining what is the reason for the company; in tern this page sets up the rhetorical conversation for the readers to understand their logos, pathos, and ethos. Conventional wisdom has it that in today’s businesses must have a clean mission and vision statement that is well comprehended by the consumer, therefore this webpage is built to provide their readers with the clear statement of the newspaper’s purpose.

This website is beneficial for my research because it provides me with the information which is fed to the press and the people of what they want people to think of the newspaper. As an exhibition piece, I will be analyzing this page in order to pick up clues on what the intentions are and how they differ from the company virtues back in the Graham days. 

Annotated Bibliography 7&8

“Phil’s Stock World.” Phil’s Stock World [Phil’s Stock World – BLOG]; Chatham, 1 Jan. 2017.

In Phil’s Stock World article regarding the Washington Post being caught spreading fake news about “Russian Hackers,” the article focuses on the questionable credibility of the national news source.

Argument: This source helps my research by providing an argumentative viewpoint exposing the current relationship between the media source and it’s audience. The article demonstrates the questionability of the ethos of the news reports. Which demonstrates that the source may not be as credible as before therefore that disturbs the loyalty and relationship between the newspaper and the company.


Singer, Jane B., editor. Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Argument: In Jane Singer’s Participatory Journalism, she describes how the process and the medium of news reporting has evolved over the years. Therefore, it impacted the meaning of hard copy newspapers, making them not as popular as before. This source helps me shape my argument that the medium of new reporting is evolving everyday and therefore the newspaper companies are incentivized to evolve in response.  

The Old and New Washington Post, Transition Through the Eyes of the Reporters

Achenbach, Joel. “Hello, New Washington Post, Home to Tiny Offices but Big New Ambitions.” The Washington Post; Washington, D.C., 7 Dec. 2015. ProQuest.

Must have been the thoughts of Bezos when purchasing the Washington Post.

Exhibit: In Joel Achenbach’s article, “Hello, New Washington Post, Home to Tiny Offices but Big New  Ambitions,” he gives a visual description of the new headquarters allowing the readers to better understand the built environment, focusing on how it differs from the previous one. Achenbach begins by announcing to the newspaper readers that the headquarters of the Washington Post are moving a couple blocks down and into the grand One Franklin Square Building. The reporter reflects on what he got to see of the installation process and provided the readers with verbal plan of the building, describing the space floor by floor. Reflecting back to the old building Achenbach said “Now the old building is on its way to the wrecking ball. The move was announced, and the headquarters put on the market, even before the sale to Bezos.”

I plan to use this piece of evidence as an exhibition piece because Achenbach has a unique perspective on the matter as an inside reporter. I picked this article in particular because it is written by a Washington Post writer, therefore I believe that the information coming from the inside of the newspaper is more genuine than what others may have to say on the matter of the history and current occurrence of the establishments. I find it interesting that he mentions that the old headquarters was on the market even before Bezos purchased the newspaper. As an exhibition piece, this is something I plan to analyze and take into account for what were Katherine Graham’s intentions and how different are they from Bezos’?


Fisher, Marc. “Goodbye, Old Washington Post, Home of the Newspaper the Grahams Built.” The Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2015.

Exhibit: In Marc Fisher’s, “Goodbye, Old Washington Post, Home of the Newspaper the Grahams Built,” tells the story of the traditions in the old headquarters, but more importantly exposes why the building had to be torn down, revealing his perspective on why they chose to relocate. The article also includes a great video about the memories and the archives people have kept in the old building. Yet now they are packing up and are ready to move even closer to the Capitol and therefore closer to all the news.

Though I will be using this article as an exhibit piece to analyze what the reporter, with the first person point of view, has to say about the way the newspaper was run before and how it will change with the move and the new owner. I was especially intrigued by his direct claim that “the Post, like most American newspapers, is moving to a sleeker, cleaner place, part of a cultural and industrial pivot, from paper to screen, from daily to constant, from hand delivery to social sharing.”