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6:00 PM ET, April 4, 2013


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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.
@suntimes:   There is a hole that can't be filled. One of the greats has left us. Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70.
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  —  Faculty members of the Columbia Journalism School were surprised by some comments from their incoming dean in a report published by the Columbia Spectator today.  —  The new dean, Steve Coll, who begins in July …
Jim Romenesko:
Plain Dealer to cut home delivery to 3 days a week, continue to publish in print 7 days a week  —  The Cleveland Plain Dealer says that beginning late summer, it will cut home delivery to three days a week.  Those days are still being determined, but will include Sunday.
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 …
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
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
Three lists about BuzzFeed's serious journalism  —  A little more than a year ago, BuzzFeed made the leap into the realm of serious journalism.  It hired some known journalists and a lot more hungry young writers, expanded its verticals, and announced a plan to create serious content to go alongside the site's trademark clever lists.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Broadcasters Looking Into Aereo-Dish Network Discussions  —  Dish Network is looking to quash a subpoena.  In a court filing, the company says that TV networks aren't entitled to learn whether it has plans to incorporate Aereo technology.  —  Dish Network co-founder Charlie Ergen
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.
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
Karen Fratti / 10,000 Words:
Vourno: A Crowd-Funding Platform for the News  —  If Joe Verdirame has his way, we're all going to be ‘vournos’ pretty soon.  You heard me: vourno, or a video journalist.  Along with his brother and some friends from college, none of whom are practicing journalists, Verdirame has created …
Fairfax Media CEO Hywood's memo to staff on restructure  —  Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood sent a note to staff this morning detailing the second round of a sweeping restructure underway at Fairfax as it reengineers for structural change in the media sector.  Here's his full message:
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