Black Journos Seek Meeting With New Washington Post Owner

The new president of the National Association of Black Journalists said that he would request a meeting with Jeffrey P. Bezos to determine the impact of the newspaper's sale on employees, especially NABJ members.

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The Washington Post headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

After the sale of the Washington Post was announced on Monday, Bob Butler, the president of the National Association of Black Journalists, said he would request a meeting with the new owner, Jeffrey P. Bezos, to determine the impact on employees, especially NABJ members, according to Richard Prince's Journal-isms.

The Washington Post Co. stunned its employees and the journalism industry with an announcement Monday that it is selling its newspaper publishing businesses, including the Post newspaper, to Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos.

The purchase price is $250 million, subject to normal working capital adjustments, payable at closing later this year, the announcement said. It emphasized that the sale is to Bezos as an individual, not to Amazon.

Bob Butler, who became president of the National Association of Black Journalists on Sunday, told Journal-isms that he would seek a meeting with Bezos, whose company is based in Seattle. "We do not know whether this will have any negative impact on our employees, especially our members," Butler said by telephone.

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