‘Washington Post’ In Talks With Google: No More ‘Vacuum’?

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By: E&P Staff

The Washington Post is reportedly in talks to collaborate with Google, according to the paper’s media writer, Howard Kurtz.

In a lengthy post today about his belief that newspapers in print are soon to depart, Kurtz reveals, “Post Co. chief executive Donald Graham and Google chief executive Eric Schmidt and their lieutenants have been holding talks about a possible collaboration. This could range from creating new Web pages to technological tools for journalists or readers. Hanging over the talks is the reality that the search giant, while funneling vital traffic to news sites, vacuums up their content without paying a dime.

“Post executive Philip Bennett confirmed the discussions, saying: ‘We’re talking to each other about improved ways of creating and presenting news online.’ He calls it ‘an informal collaboration’ that ‘has produced some interesting ideas already. I’d say that on the journalism side of the conversation we’ve learned a lot.'”

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