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[About The Hatchet]
The GW Hatchet is the independent student newspaper of record at The George Washington University. First published on October 5, 1904, The Hatchet is the second-oldest continuously published newspaper in Washington, D.C. after The Washington Post. The GW Hatchet publishes twice each week during the academic year on Mondays and Thursdays.
In 1993, The GW Hatchet incorporated as a nonprofit organization and has remained editorially and financially independent from the University since. With a mission to educate students in journalism and business, The Hatchet has enjoyed tremendous success in the past 15 years.
The Hatchet also boasts several prominent and award-winning alumni. Our former students have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes, work as editors at almost every major newspaper in the U.S., own successful businesses and cover major events for national news networks. The Hatchet is not just a newspaper. For many, it is the beginning of a long and successful career.
The Hatchet is consistently one of the best student newspapers in the nation. At the moment, we are the best. Consider some of our recent awards:
- Best Non-Daily Student Newspaper in the Nation in 2007 and 2003, from the Society of Professional Journalists, and best in the region every year from 2003 to 2009.
- Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award in 2004-2005 and a finalist in 2006-2009, and the ACP Online Pacemaker for gwhatchet.com in 2006 and 2009.
- 6,500 copies are distributed throughout the campus and surrounding area to more than 80 locations
- 1,000 PDF copies are downloaded with each issue
- We publish twice weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays
- The George Washington University is a community of 35,225, including 24,591 students, 4,557 faculty and 6,069 staff