Ebert showed willingness to adapt to new media

By By DON BABWIN and CARYN ROUSSEAU

CHICAGO (AP) — Roger Ebert was an old-school newspaper writer — a fierce competitor by day and a hard-drinking storyteller by night.

But when offered a chance to try television, he embraced the small screen and later the Internet and social media. As the American news media and even the landscape of his beloved Chicago changed, Ebert evolved, too, gliding seamlessly from one medium to the next and helping to blaze a path forward for the beleaguered industry he loved.

Ebert died Thursday at age 70. The nation's most influential movie critic was always willing to experiment and adapt.

Rick Kogan is a longtime Chicago Tribune writer who knew Ebert for decades. He says Ebert was "generations ahead of his time."

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