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Familiar Face on WSJ's News Hub

If you haven’t begun watching the new Wall Street Journal video feature, the News Hub, you’re missing the anchoring skills of Washington and Lee alumna Kelly Evans, Class of 2007 and an economics writer for the Journal. Considering this is a newspaper and not a TV network, The Hub is a pretty ambitious undertaking, not that video on newspaper Web sites isn’t commonplace nowadays. But this live show is twice a day, at 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Kelly anchors the morning version.) It’s eight minutes long, shot with hand-held cameras at the Wall Street Journal newsroom. By using Skype, Kelly can bring in Wall Street Journal reporters anywhere. As Kelly tweeted on the first or second day of live Webcasting, “It’s crazy how much work it takes behind the scenes. What happens in front of the camera is the easy part!” Of course, getting up at 5 a.m. every day is probably the hardest part. Kelly has had several W&L alumni on the program, including Greg Morcroft ’88, of Marketwatch, Geoff Rogow ’04 of Dow jones, and Mike Crittenden ’01 of the Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau. Here’s a link to the News Hub. Although it’s live at 8:30, you can catch it on demand during the day. Kelly’s experience only underscores the move that W&L’s department of journalism and mass communications made many years ago to adapt to what Brian Richardson, head of the department, calls the convergence of print, electronic media, and the Internet.

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