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Barbara Walters’ Final Scheduled Television Appearance Announced (ABC News)
Almost a year after she announced her plan to depart daily television, Barbara Walters is preparing to say farewell. Her last day co-hosting The View, a program that she created, will be May 16, and ABC will air a two-hour special highlighting her life and career that night, from 9-11 p.m. ET. TVNewser Walters will continue to executive produce The View and will contribute to ABC News as the news warrants. THR / The Live Feed The ABC News headquarters in New York City will also be named in her honor, as the Barbara Walters Building, during a dedication ceremony this spring. Walters acknowledged that she’s sad to leave but that “it feels right for me,” repeating what she’s previously said about wanting to leave before people complained about her being on television too long. Reuters Walters, 84, has suffered from health problems recently, including a concussion after she fainted and hit her head last year and a bout of chickenpox. In 2010, she had open heart surgery. Since announcing her retirement, she hosted 20 Years of The 10 Most Fascinating People, the final show of her yearly special program about intriguing personalities. During her long career, Walters was known for her interviews on U.S. television with world leaders including Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein of Iraq and every U.S. president since Richard Nixon. She also interviewed celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise. Mediaite Walters joined ABC in 1976, when she famously became the first female anchor ever on an evening news program. She later became a co-host of 20/20 and launched The View in 1997.

Vox.com, Led by Ezra Klein, Goes Live (FishbowlNY)
Vox Media’s Vox.com, a general news site being led by Ezra Klein, is now live. It’s an impressive looking site and certainly more advanced than what Klein was used to at The Washington Post. Appearance aside, the most notable thing about Vox is something called “Vox Cards.” According to Klein, Melissa Bell and Matt Yglesias — the founders of Vox — the site’s mission is to “explain the news,” and a big part of that is the Cards. At any point when you’re reading an article, a Vox Card could be available through highlighted text. Clicking the text brings up the Card, which provides additional context to the article you’re currently reading. The Cards also exist on their own. Poynter / MediaWire Reached by email, Klein said Vox Cards “will be added as changes are made” to others. On Twitter, Vox senior editor Timothy B. Lee said the card solution will be in place “until we have tech to do it gracefully.” The new site “isn’t perfect, and it isn’t anywhere near complete — not editorially, and not technologically,” Klein, Bell and Yglesias wrote in an introductory post. Adweek Klein explained to The New York Times that his former employer lacked the technology to be able to bring stories to the next level. In his belief, the company was mired in the routine of reporting day-to-day events, which came through in its publishing platform. There was no way to update stories to reflect additional developments. “The biggest source of waste is everything the journalist has written before today,” Klein explained. GigaOM Ever since Klein left his perch as the editor of the Post‘s Wonkblog to strike out on his own, media insiders have been wondering what exactly he would build as part of Vox Media, the fast-growing parent company of The Verge and SB Nation. While there has been somewhat less hype about Klein’s venture than Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, there is still a lot riding on it, if only because the former Post blogger has been repeatedly referred to as a “wunderkind” and reportedly asked for a fairly impressive package from his former newspaper before leaving for Vox Media.