Meet The Hatchet’s Next Editor in Chief & more updates from GWHAA

March 19, 2014 by Hatchet Alumni

Meet The Hatchet’s Next Editor in Chief Brianna GurciulloEarly this month, The Hatchet announced the election of Brianna Gurciullo as its next editor in chief. Following the trajectory of many EICs before her, Gurciullo has written for The Hatchet since her freshman year, ascending from reporter to staff writer to metro editor to campus news editor. We recently spoke with Gurciullo about her plans for the coming year:

What is your vision for the paper? My plan for Vol. 111 focuses on efficiency, innovation and development. Across sections, we will think about how we can best present our in-depth, enterprise stories online. We will also focus on how to drive readers to our site – and keep them there. An online editor, a new position, will steer collaboration among writers, photographers, videographers and web designers. Expect more content that puts University leaders under a microscope, that makes your eyes pop and that breaks down complex issues.

How do Hatchet alumni fit into that vision? I spoke with nearly a dozen alumni as I was preparing my platform for EIC, and several reminded me about The Hatchet’s robust alumni base. The Hatchet will soon move to the townhouse on F Street, doubling our workspace. I hope to take advantage of this move by inviting alumni back for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. We’ll also welcome alumni to visit and speak about their time working for paper, trace their career paths and offer advice current staffers.

Progress on The Hatchet New Townhouse 

Construction continues at 2148 F Street. The drywall is up, painting is underway, and energy-efficient windows have been installed throughout the house. In addition, the interior of the townhouse is on schedule for completion by the end of April. Check out the progress on the new EIC officethe second floor, and top floor.
Thank you again to all those who have helped The Hatchet acquire, build and (soon!) occupy this state-of-the-art facility. To make a gift to support the completion of this project, click here.
Mark Your Calendar: D.C. Hatchet Alumni Happy Hour on April 21
Join us at the next D.C. alumni happy hour at Irish Whiskey Public House on Monday, April 21 from 6-8 pm. The event will be held in the Dublin room on the 2nd Floor of the bar. Specials include $4 wine and $4 bottled beer.
Interested in Getting Involved with GWHAA? 
GWHAA is seeking volunteers interested in supporting ongoing alumni outreach efforts. Duties include connecting current staffers with alumni, planning happy hours, sending alumni updates, and promoting the Home for the Hatchet Fund. Email alumni@gwhatchet.com for more information.
We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Hatchet breaks ground on new building

November 26, 2013 by Hatchet Alumni

Ken Chaletzky, president of Home for The Hatchet, Inc., Cory Weinberg, editor-in-chief of The Hatchet, Lou Katz, executive vice president and treasurer, at GW, Michael Morsberger, vice president of development and alumni relations at GW, Paul Falkenbury, a partner with Samaha Associates and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus of GW stand next to the new townhouse.

Ken Chaletzky, president of Home for The Hatchet, Inc., Cory Weinberg, editor-in-chief of The Hatchet, Lou Katz, executive vice president and treasurer, at GW, Michael Morsberger, vice president of development and alumni relations at GW,
Paul Falkenbury, a partner with Samaha Associates and
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus of GW, stand next to the new townhouse.

Members of The Hatchet’s staff and directors of Home for The Hatchet started construction on the newspaper’s new townhouse at 2148 F St. during a ceremony last Friday.

With golden shovels and hardhats, the group celebrated the official start of the 6-month renovation process with top University officials who spoke of their interactions with the with the award-winning paper.

Members of The Hatchet's editorial staff celebrated the groundbreaking at the paper's new townhouse.

Members of The Hatchet’s editorial staff celebrated the groundbreaking at the paper’s new townhouse.

Renovations are expected to finish by May.

The nonprofit Home for The Hatchet has launched a $2 million fundraising campaign for the project.

Fall update from The GW Hatchet Alumni Assocation

October 31, 2013 by Hatchet Alumni

Happy Halloween from The GW Hatchet Alumni Association!

No tricks here, this news is just a treat.
The D.C. government has finally issued a building permit for The Hatchet’s new townhouse! This exciting development allows the Home for The Hatchet organization to begin construction on the paper’s new home and begin planning for the move – currently scheduled for this spring.

As you may have read in The New York Times today, the newsroom has been sponsored by Berl Brechner, the editor in chief in 1967. There have also been donations for the editor in chief and business manager’s office.

Ken Chaletzky, a Hatchet board member who is heading up Home for The Hatchet campaign, said the permit will allow the paper to turn the four-level, more than 100-year old townhouse located on F Street into a modern facility. You can see the blueprints and the floor plans at homeforthehatchet.org.

Where in the world are you?
Part of building a community of alumni means the alumni association needs to know where you are and what you’re up to. This will help us know where to host events, what kind of social activities you’re looking for and how to connect current staffers with mentors across industries. Sign up here.

In the spotlight: The Hatchet.
The Hatchet has been doing an amazing job covering a trove of controversies and scandals at GW this fall, and holding the University accountable to the GW community. The GWHAA is very proud that the current staff has drawn on its instructional knowledge and gusto to lead the coverage nationally on dean resignations and the recent announcement that GW has misled students on its need-blind policies. That story was picked up by ThinkProgress, Business Insider, MSNBC and CNN.

Jeremy Diamond, the news editor who broke the story, told GWHAA that a solid understanding of GW and dedication to a beat – drilled into him by a series of editors – helped him uncover the truth. “My editors have continuously and repeatedly drilled the importance of good sourcing into my head. And so, before I even started digging into this story, I already had one of the key elements to put it together. Coupled with a thorough understanding of the admissions and financial aid beats, I was able to take a rare moment of transparency from a GW administrator, and run with it.”

Best,
Lauren and Becky

Photos from The Hatchet’s alumni happy hour

September 30, 2013 by Hatchet Alumni

The GW Hatchet’s alumni happy hour last week was a big hit. Former editors, writers and columnists showed up in record numbers and we can easily say this was our most successful event yet. If you couldn’t make it (or indulged in too many $3 mixed drinks and need a refresher), here are some photos from the event.

Former opinion editors Lyndsey Wajert and Patrick Rochelle.

Former opinions editors Lyndsey Wajert and Patrick Rochelle.

Production manager Rachael Lee and former opinions editor Patrick Rochelle.

Production manager Rachael Lee and former opinions editor Patrick Rochelle.

Former sports editors Andrew Alberg (right) and Louis Nelson (left).

Former sports editors Andrew Alberg (right) and Louis Nelson (left).

Current staffer Josh Perlman and Cat Barnao, a former news writer.

Current staffer Josh Perlman and Cat Barnao, a former news writer.

Former cartoonist Sara Fischer (right) chats with former contributing life editor Miranda Green.

Former cartoonist Sara Fischer (right) chats with former contributing life editor Miranda Green.

Former managing director Erica Steinberg and current editor in chief Cory Weinberg.

Former managing director Erica Steinberg and current editor in chief Cory Weinberg.

August update from GWHAA

August 23, 2013 by Hatchet Alumni

We hope you’re having an incredible August (and a quiet one if you’re D.C.).

With a new Hatchet year comes a changing of the guard for The GW Hatchet Alumni Association. Becky Reeves worked for Vol. 107 as a copy editor and Lauren French was the editor in chief for Vol. 107 and Vol. 108.

We’re incredibly excited to help out with the alumni association – and we’re even more excited to get to know our ever-growing group of alumni.

First, housekeeping:

The GWHAA’s first event of the year will be Sept. 26, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Big Hunt in Dupont Circle. This overlaps with GW’s Alumni Weekend! We’ll send additional event details soon. And please let us know if you’re coming into town.

We will follow up with an event in New York City for all of the Big Apple-based alumni. If you’re located in another city with a bunch of former Hatcheteers, let us know so we can work on holding a happy hour near you.

 

An artist’s rendering of the new Hatchet townhouse.

The Hatchet’s new home:

As many of you know, the newspaper is in the process of renovating a new townhouse just off campus. As a Hatchet-owned building, the new offices will help meet the paper’s evolving staffing and production needs. It will also provide a meeting place for future alumni gatherings.

The Hatchet goes weekly:

This week, The Hatchet officially moved to a weekly publication schedule. The paper’s current Editor in Chief Cory Weinberg, the paper’s staff and The Hatchet’s Board of Directors have decided this is best course of action in light of declining ad revenue and increasing print production costs.

This is a big, yet smart move for the paper. This will allow the staff of Vol. 110 to modernize the way it produces news and to better provide content to its readers online.

This change comes as The Hatchet’s publishes its first issue of the new school year. There is more information about the printing change as well as a very smart story by Sarah Ferris looking at how GW is changing its ways as students act less like pupils and more like consumers.

Where are you?

One of the GWHAA’s main goals it to help mentor the current staff and build a tight-knit group of alumni. To accomplish both of these goals, we need to know where you are and what you’re up to. Please take a second and update your contact and work information here.

And if you’re interested in getting involved with training or mentoring the current staff, please let us know.

You’ll be hearing more from us about upcoming events and the GWHAA at large – and we hope to hear from you.

Best,

Lauren and Becky