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As of last year, more people were getting their news for free on the Internet than were paying for newspapers and magazines.  We hear proposals for preserving journalism as we've come to know it and for creating new ways of serving consumers of information. Also, President Obama warns mayors against misusing stimulus-package funds, and it's time again for the Oscars on Sunday evening. We talk to the President of the National Society of Film Critics.

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Making News Obama Warns Mayors on Misuse of Stimulus Funds 6 MIN, 1 SEC

President Obama today told the nation's mayors they have a friend in the White House. But he also said he would use the “full power” of the White House to crack down if economic stimulus money is misused or misspent. Frank James reports from Washington the Chicago Tribune and blogs for the paper at The Swamp

Frank James, Reporter, Chicago Tribune

Main Topic Does News Have a Future? 35 MIN, 40 SEC

Magazines are cutting their staffs as are news broadcasters, both commercial and listener supported. Newspapers have more readers than ever, but they're downsizing and going bankrupt, threatening not just providers of news but the news itself. Major American cities may soon have no papers at all. The problem is that they're giving their product away for free on the Internet, a business model that can't be sustained. Will a new generation of news consumers be willing to pay? We hear different ideas about keeping traditional journalism alive. Is it time to develop new methods for keeping the public informed?

Rick Edmonds, former Managing Editor, St. Petersburg Times
Walter Isaacson, former Managing Editor, Time Magazine
Joel Kramer, Editor and CEO, MinnPost.com
Jay Rosen, New York University (@jayrosen_nyu)

Reporter's Notebook Hollywood Rolls Out the Red Carpet Again for the Oscars 7 MIN, 5 SEC

It may be a myth that people flock to the movies during tough economic times, but the film industry does hope that the audience for Sunday's Oscar Awards will be larger than those of recent years. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader and Slumdog Millionaire are the best picture nominees.  Has this been a good year?  We get an authoritative assessment from Peter Rainer, film critic for the Christian Science Monitor and president of the National Society of Film Critics.

Peter Rainer, National Society of Film Critics (@PRainerLA)

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