They were captured last Thursday. On Monday, as they were being driven to a new location, their captors ran into rebels. The journalists were freed after a firefight. Engel believes the captors were gunman loyal to President Bashar Assad's regime.
Much of what Americans learned from the news media Friday about the events in Newtown was wrong. Journalists know early accounts of crisis events are often misleading and incomplete, but often are compelled to pursue them without waiting for authoritative confirmation.
Moments after Adam Lanza opened fire on classrooms of first-graders and their teachers in Newtown, Conn., Friday, Shannon Hicks sped to the scene. She was responding in two capacities: as a volunteer firefighter, and as an employee of the local weekly newspaper, The Newtown Bee.
Congress isn't sitting around quietly while commercials get louder. It's actually illegal now for commercials to blast into your ears more loudly than programming. But why stop there? We've got suggested ordinances to reduce noise from construction, bagpipes, and snowblowers.
Hundreds of smartphone and tablet apps aimed at kids are collecting and sharing personal data without informing parents. Join Diane and her guests as they discuss the latest concerns about mobile apps and children's privacy.
The suburban Los Angeles paper is expanding its newsroom and emphasizing print over digital. Trying to dig the Register out of a financial hole, the new owners see promise in an expanded print edition with more color and more content.
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced several big changes for the company last week. Among them, the closing of The Daily, a digital-only publication designed exclusively for tablets and smartphones. In a statement, Murdoch said "we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long term." Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's David Folkenflik about why The Daily ultimately failed, and what it means for the modern media landscape.
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