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NPR To Discontinue Talk Of The Nation (NPR)
NPR announced Friday morning that it will no longer produce the Monday-to-Thursday call-in show Talk of the Nation. It will be replaced by Here and Now, a show produced in partnership with member station WBUR in Boston. Reported stories will be part of the show's format. Neal Conan, Talk of the Nation's host, will depart after more than three decades with the network. NYT But Talk of the Nation, which was an early platform for high-profile hosts like Ira Glass and John Hockenberry, will not necessarily go quietly. As fans cried "say it isn't so" on social networking websites on Friday, the show's host since 2001, Neal Conan, said in an e-mail to staff members, "I'm proud that we go out on top, with record station carriage and the largest audience in the program's history." WBUR Here & Now, which is currently hosted by Robin Young, will add a co-host. Jeremy Hobson currently hosts the Marketplace Morning Report. WBUR plans to add a total of six people to produce the expanded show. NPR will encourage public radio stations to replace Talk of the Nation with Here & Now and also contribute editorial muscle to the expanded show.

Soledad O'Brien Signs Off From Starting Point (TVNewser)
CNN Starting Point anchor Soledad O'Brien signed off from her morning show Friday. Starting Point launched at the beginning of 2012, part of a revamp of CNN's morning hours. While O'Brien drew praise from critics, the show was unable to catch up to MSNBC or Fox News in the mornings. This also marks O'Brien's departure from CNN as a staff anchor/reporter. She has entered into a new deal in which her production company will offer specials and documentaries to CNN. HuffPost During her sign off, O'Brien recalled an experience she had during Hurricane Katrina, when she and her team walked into the Baton Rouge airport after two weeks of covering the storm and were greeted with a standing ovation. "It made me incredibly proud to be a reporter and to be working with great journalists," she said. Mediaite Paired with friendly jibes, Will Cain and Roland Martin spoke of their good relationship with O'Brien, both personally and professionally, while Ryan Lizza gave "a shout-out to a year's worth of some of the best interviews with politicians." Last but not least, John Berman lamented that "John Sununu could not be here this morning" -- and thanked O'Brien for an "interesting, fantastic year." Politico / Dylan Byers on Media O'Brien's program, which struggled in the ratings, offered a much different morning show experience from its competitors. O'Brien became known for her confrontational, early morning one-on-one interviews -- a style that stirred up her guests, but failed to draw viewers. Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan will co-host CNN's new morning show, which is set to launch this spring.

NY Times Changes Yvonne Brill Obituary After Criticism (HuffPost)
The New York Times responded to a chorus of critics on Saturday after it published an obituary about a famed female rocket scientist that led with her accomplishments as a wife and mother. Under the Times' headline, "Yvonne Brill, Pioneering Rocket Scientist, Dies At 88," the lede read: "She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children. 'The world's best mom,' her son Matthew said." Washington Post / She The People Some readers were outraged; would the obit of a boy rocket scientist have begun with his 'mean beef stroganoff'? What makes a stroganoff mean, anyway? The Wrap / WaxWrap The final blow was when the Times public editor Margaret Sullivan agreed with the chorus of critics, and tweeted: "To the many who've tweeted at me about the Yvonne Brill obituary, I sure agree." io9 By front-loading the piece with Brill's culinary skills and parental accomplishments, the gist of the piece shifts from "this woman was a great rocket scientist" to "great mom and dutiful wife made killer stroganoff. Also, she was a rocket scientist." NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer It's clear beef stroganoff did not belong in the first line of the obituary, but the story of Brill's experience as a woman in her particular workplace does. After all, the Times also pointed out that she "is believed to have been the only woman in the United States who was actually doing rocket science in the mid-1940s," despite never having received a formal engineering degree because the program she wanted to attend only admitted men.


Cesar Chavez Honored With Google Doodle On Easter, Sparking Religious Backlash (HuffPost)
Google honored Cesar Chavez with a doodle Sunday on the 86th anniversary of his birthday, drawing nationwide attention to the Latino civil rights leader and sparking a backlash among those upset with the company for taking a pass on Easter. Twitchy On Twitter, Christians from all walks of life and political views expressed shock, dismay, and exasperation with Google's diss. Mashable A Google spokesperson told Mashable, "We enjoy celebrating holidays at Google but, as you may imagine, it's difficult for us to choose which events to highlight on our site. Sometimes for a given date we feature an historical event or influential figure that we haven't in the past."

TV Service Providers Held Talks With Aereo (AllThingsD)
Aereo Inc., the Web television startup backed by media mogul Barry Diller, has discussed partnerships with major pay-TV distributors and Internet service providers, including AT&T and Dish Network Corp., as it looks to roll out its fledgling service to more markets, people familiar with the matter say.

The Hollywood Reporter Apologizes to Deadline Parent Company (The Wrap)
The Hollywood Reporter admitted to stealing code from Penske Media Corporation, parent company of rival publications Deadline Hollywood and Variety, as part of a recent settlement the two companies reached to end their year-and-a-half-old legal dispute. WSJ According to recently filed court documents, THR parent company Prometheus agreed to pay Penske $162,500 in order to settle the case. In addition, the two sides agreed on a statement reading in part: "Prometheus admits that The Hollywood Reporter copied source code from Penske Media Corporation's website www.tvline.com; Prometheus and The Hollywood Reporter have apologized to Penske Media."

BusinessWeek's Billion-Dollar Boo-Boo (CJR / The Audit)
Bloomberg BusinessWeek made itself look silly running a speculative piece on how much Amazon paid for its latest acquisition, Goodreads. GalleyCat The Authors Guild called Amazon's purchase of Goodreads "a truly devastating act of vertical integration" in an online dispatch. In a statement, Guild president Scott Turow said, "Amazon's acquisition of Goodreads is a textbook example of how modern Internet monopolies can be built... The key is to eliminate or absorb competitors before they pose a serious threat."

eBook Sales Bolster Publishers' Bottom Lines (Publisher's Weekly)
Although costs associated with reaching eBook settlements with the Department of Justice and state attorneys general cut into some houses' profits, none of the big-five trade publishers posted a margin of less than 9 percent in 2012. And more than one publisher (or parent company) said higher sales of eBooks is boosting its bottom-line -- even if eBooks are curtailing revenue growth -- and should lead to higher margins in the future.

Mail Online Powers Into Global Expansion With Onslaught on U.S. (The Guardian / Media Blog)
Martin Clarke is so bullish about the prospects for Mail Online that he felt able to take a cheeky poke at its nearest Internet rival The New York Times last week, adapting the newspaper's 117-year old motto ("all the news that's fit to print") into "all the news that's fit to talk about" -- the proposition he is confident will power the next phase of its U.S. expansion.

Columbia's New Journalism Dean Looks Ahead in a Digital Era (NYT)
The announcement that a journalism school has a new dean usually elicits yawns in most quarters -- Hey, there's a new headmaster at the buggy whip academy -- but the news that Steve Coll had been named to replace Nicholas Lemann, effective this summer, was greeted as if a new Dumbledore had been named.

Generation Mooch? Why 20-somethings Have a Hard Time Paying for Content (paidContent)
Having grown up with a wealth of news and information at our fingertips for free, my generation of 20-somethings is heading into adulthood without much experience paying for that content. The question is, will content providers ever turn us into paying customers?

Paywalls for All or Not? The Real Issue Is What's the Core Offering (The Guardian / Media Blog)
Begin talking about putting paywalls around online news content and all sorts of things happen. In my case, you get accused of being a "soft leak" for forthcoming Guardian plans (I'm not: I have no idea whether Guardian News & Media has any such plans), along with a parade of the polarized arguments.

At The Wall Street Journal, a Smartphone App Has Reporters on Board for Shooting Video (Nieman Journalism Lab)
The text-based Web is dead, says Michael Downing. When AOL CEO Tim Armstrong announced his intention this month to transform the company into a platform for video, Downing heard a death knell -- one he's been expecting for some time.

HuffPost Live Thrives on Tape (AllThingsD)
Late last summer, Huffington Post launched a streaming video news service, backed by 100 employees, lots of cash and a heap of hype. So how's it going? Pretty good, says HuffPost Live boss Roy Sekoff.

EXCLUSIVE: Richard Rushfield Out at BuzzFeed (FishbowlLA)
If you look at the masthead for BuzzFeed Entertainment, there's a rather conspicuous name missing. That's because L.A. bureau chief Richard Rushfield is no longer part of the operation. "Indeed, I have parted ways from BuzzFeed," Rushfield told FishbowlLA via email Saturday night after a long day at Anaheim's WonderCon. "Wasn't the right fit in the end, but I wish them all the best."

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