It’s time to get involved

August 22, 2011 by Alex Byers

We’re live.

In case you didn’t hear, a group of graduates has been working over the past few months to create a formal alumni association to build upon our already strong alumni community and expand the Hatchet’s network across the country. We’re directly affiliated with The Hatchet and its Board of Directors, and we need your help to make this the best alumni group around.

Our goal is to provide ways for Hatchet alumni to connect both on and offline – that means social and professional events, a recurring newsletter, a more powerful alumni website, and more. To help support what we hope will be a robust calendar of diverse programming, members will be able to join for a small annual fee of $20. (Each year, alumni in one of the most recent two graduating classes will have their fee waived.)

By joining, you will earn benefits not available to non-members, like:

  • Access to a searchable alumni database (Only your name, graduation year, email address, Hatchet position and current title and employer will be visible to other alumni.)
  • A recurring newsletter with updates from fellow alumni and current Hatchet staff
  • Coming Soon: Access to an online job board
  • Invites to special events
  • Most importantly, your membership will show your connection to and support for the greater Hatchet community.

Whether or not you decide to join, we’d love to get an update about where you are and what you’re doing. To update your information (and join the association, if you’d like), follow instructions below. (If you don’t receive our launch email by the Aug. 27, follow the steps found here.)

  1. Point your web browser to
  2. Click “Lost my password” and enter the email address where you received this email
  3. Follow the steps to generate a new password, and log in.
  4. Find the “update my information” link on the right side of the homepage.
  5. Make any necessary changes, and press submit.
  6. A form will appear on the same page that allows you to enter credit card information and pay the $20 annual fee.

We also hope those of you in the area will join us for our first social event on Sept. 8 in Washington, D.C. We’ll also to have a kick-off event in New York City in the next few weeks on October 5th, too, and another event during GW’s alumni weekend in late September.

If you have any questions about the association or kick-off event, or have any feedback on how we could improve this new organization, don’t hesitate to send us an email at

Former editors organize formal alumni association

June 28, 2011 by The GW Hatchet

Alex Byers, above, is part of the group establishing the first formal alumni association in the paper's history. | Michelle Rattinger/Senior Photo Editor

This post is part of The Hatchet’s Summer 2011 Alumni Issue and was written by Josh Perlman.

A group of past editors are establishing the first-ever Hatchet alumni association with the hope that a more formalized group will increase alumni participation with the 107-year-old paper.

Started by 2009-2010 editor in chief Alex Byers, The GW Hatchet Alumni Association will serve as the paper’s official alumni development arm when established later this summer.

The ultimate goal of forming the organization, Byers said, is to strengthen the ties between previous Hatchet staffers, as well as ties between alumni and the current staff.

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French takes on second year as EIC

June 28, 2011 by The GW Hatchet

Lauren French, sitting in her 2140 G St. office, was reelected by The Hatchet's staff in March. Surrounded by papers produced by last year's editor, French joked she has a lot to live up to. | Michelle Rattinger/Senior Photo Editor

This post is part of The Hatchet’s Summer 2011 Alumni Issue and was written by Gabriel Muller.

It takes mere months for Hatchet editors in chief to learn that running the paper is a full-time, unpredictable gig. That’s why after one year, most of them are eager to step aside to embrace stability.

But Lauren French is confident that her experience in the top spot this past year will leave her well-prepared to take on Volume 108.

“Going into year two, I know the responsibilities of running the paper and the skills of the staff,” French, a senior, said. “Being editor twice will have challenges, of course, but having a leader who knows the ropes come August can’t be all that bad.”

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The Hatchet takes home top journalism awards

June 28, 2011 by The GW Hatchet

Francis Rivera said his photo, above, that took third place for sports photography, captured the moment correctly. Tim Gowa appreciated the recognition for his ad, right, and saw it as testament to how much he learned.

This post is part of The Hatchet’s Summer 2011 Alumni Issue and was written by Melissa Turley.

Volumes of The Hatchet can be tangibly measured by the number of issues and pages published. A more complicated calculation to consider is the countless hours spent in production, added to the hundreds of interviews and unfathomable amount of phone calls needed to produce an award-winning paper.

This hard work was formally recognized this year in the form of four awards from the Society for Professional Journalism Region II competition and three Pacemaker awards from the Associated Collegiate Press.

In October, the ACP recognized The Hatchets website and web presence with a top accolade, as they do not award first, second or third place rankings in this category.

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Alumnus leaves desk job to tour Europe with band

June 28, 2011 by The GW Hatchet

Alexander Abnos, center, quit his job as a press officer for Sporting Kansas City to tour the United States and Europe with Marie Parker, left, and Charlie Gokey, right. | Photo courtesy of Secret Cities

This post is part of The Hatchet’s Summer 2011 Alumni Issue and was written by Amanda D’Ambra.

Alex Abnos spent the first few weeks after his 2009 graduation orchestrating one of the biggest redesigns The Hatchet has seen in over a decade.

An achievement yes, but not exactly a lasting career for the journalism grad.

“At the time I was… generally wondering what the hell I was going to do with my life,” Abnos, the 2009 production assistant, said.

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