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12:25 AM ET, April 5, 2013


 Top News: 
Neil Steinberg / Chicago Sun Times:
Roger Ebert dies at 70 after battle with cancer  —  Except for those he hated.  —  For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film …
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Roger Ebert, Popular Film Critic, Dies at 70  —  Roger Ebert, the popular film critic and television co-host who along with his fellow reviewer and sometime sparring partner Gene Siskel could lift or sink the fortunes of a movie with their trademark thumbs up or thumbs down, has died.
Josephine McGowan / Columbia Daily Spectator:
New Journalism School dean Coll plans two-year Master's, tuition reductions  —  Steve Coll, the new dean at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, is considering a two-year Master's program, lower tuition fees, and a more rigorous Master's project.  —  Steve Coll, the new Journalism School dean …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:   Steve Coll surprises Columbia J-school faculty with talk of a two-year program
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Cleveland Paper to Curtail Delivery and Cut Staff  —  The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, whose reporters organized one of the industry's most active opposition movements against its parent company's plans for cutbacks, will trim home delivery to three days a week and create a new digital company …
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Advance to nowhere  —  Advance Publications's announcement today on the future of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was less dramatic than the one a year ago in New Orleans, when, in the name of a dubious digital strategy, the New York based-company slashed the newsroom and chopped four days …
Eric Deggans / Tampa Bay Times:
Bill Adair, editor of Pulitzer Prize winning website PolitiFact, to leave Tampa Bay Times for Duke University  —  Bill Adair, PolitiFact editor, to leave for Duke University.  —  Bill Adair, the Washington Bureau Chief who created and edits the Tampa Bay Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning …
Discussion: Poynter, Politico and @dylanbyers
Alex Weprin / TVNewser: Getting New Homepage And Organizational Structure  —  In a sign of just how quickly new CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker is moving to change the company, the homepage will be getting a new look this afternoon, as well as a new organizational structure.
Discussion: NewscastStudio
Marc Graser / Variety:
Disney Staffers Brace for Layoffs Amid Planned Reorg (EXCLUSIVE) … Employees at the Walt Disney Co. are bracing for layoffs that are expected in the coming weeks as part of a reorganization of key operations.  —  It is believed that the company's movie studio will be hardest hit …
Discussion: Reuters
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Disney Halts Game Development at Lucasfilm in Licensing Push
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Al Jazeera Hires First Anchor for New U.S. Channel  —  Al Jazeera on Thursday hired its first new anchor, Ali Velshi of CNN, for its forthcoming cable channel in the United States, and confirmed that the channel would be called Al Jazeera America.  —  Mr. Velshi, currently …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Intel inside & out: trademark filings point towards Intel Media plans  —  Intel's plan to enter the media biz is looking more ambitious by the day: The company applied for a series of trademarks last week that seem to be related to the TV service it is going to launch out of its Intel Media unit.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
AOL strikes deal with the Publishing Group of America to exchange online video content  —  Media powerhouse AOL launched its On Network way back in April last year, providing a shot in the arm for its online content business.  In a nutshell, ‘On’ brings all the company's premium video content together, under one digital roof.
Discussion: Adotas
William Alden / DealBook:
Twitter Arrives on Wall Street, Via Bloomberg  —  Largely blocked on Wall Street, Twitter is making its big debut on trading desks — via Bloomberg terminals.  —  Bloomberg L.P. announced on Thursday that it was incorporating tweets into its data service, which is widely used in the financial industry.
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