He was a print journalist initially, but Ebert's "thumbs up" TV critiques were just as influential as his essays, and he later carved out a prodigious digital presence. Ebert died Thursday after struggling for years with cancer. He was 70 years old.
Bassem Youssef lampoons Egypt's public figures on TV. He's accused of insulting Islam and President Mohammed Morsi, and his interrogation is prompting fears for free speech in the transitioning country.
On Friday, NPR news executives announced that the network's mid-day talk show, Talk of the Nation (TOTN), would cease production this summer. Replacing TOTN will be Here and Now, WBUR's daily show which will now be co-produced with NPR.
The daily call-in show will be replaced by Here and Now, which is produced by Boston's WBUR. Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan is leaving NPR after more than three decades with the network. Science Friday will continue.
The online government database was supposed to bring some transparency to the multimillion-dollar market in political TV ads, letting the public more easily see how much politicians and advocacy groups spend in major markets. But it also has inadvertently opened up some of those involved to fraud.
Correspondents Kelly McEvers and Deborah Amos were cited for "detailed reportage, often from dangerous locations." Radio Diaries was also honored for a profile of teen boxer Claressa Shields on All Things Considered.
The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle are the latest big newspapers embracing a pay model for Web content that had been free. But around the country, more small papers, like the Chinook Observer in Washington state, have also started charging for their digital content in a bid for economic survival.
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