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Starting Sept. 3, The Hatchet will become a weekly newspaper with a bolder commitment to delivering fast, smart online coverage that will complement a redesigned print edition.

The move from a twice-weekly newspaper will allow The Hatchet to better cater to today’s news consumer. We will drive the news cycle around the clock on gwhatchet.com with our award-winning journalism – breaking news, comprehensive coverage, lively multimedia pieces and thoughtful commentary.

Readers are increasingly reaching us on the web. The Hatchet generated about 50 percent more unique visitors last year, with nearly twice as many people reading stories on their mobile devices. This change will allow us to deliver more news to readers in real time, in the medium they frequent, rather than in batches two days a week.

The web is also where we excel. Our website, breaking news coverage and multimedia pieces have each recently earned regional awards. This year, we tripled our web staff and began development on a mobile-friendly website and app. In addition, a larger design team will allow us to produce more interactive graphics to enhance our storytelling abilities.

The print newspaper will come out each week on Monday, taking a step back from the daily news to offer deeper stories and sharper analysis that will bring to life each corner of GW and D.C., from Townhouse Row to Thurston Hall to Capitol Hill. Readers can pick up a redesigned Hatchet print edition Sept. 3 – one that’s been modernized for a better reader experience.

Becoming a weekly newspaper also made sense financially because of the recent declines in national advertising revenue seen across the news industry. The Hatchet, as an independent student newspaper, is also 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This move will enable the paper’s faster growth as a business and allow us to produce more innovative journalism.

As The Hatchet confronts these changes, we want to hear from you. This fall, The Hatchet will ask how you think we are doing in a community-wide readership survey. As The Hatchet celebrates its 20th year of independence, we remain committed to coverage that educates, informs and enlivens the GW and Foggy Bottom communities.

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This photo of Ayako Ikuno, left, and Upendra Singh, right, at a National Go Topless Day event won a first place SPJ regional award.

Society of Professional Journalists named The GW Hatchet the best non-daily newspaper in Region II for the Mark of Excellence Awards this weekend, where the paper picked up four additional first place awards.

The first place submissions will move on to the Society of Professional Journalists’ national competition where all 12 of the nation’s SPJ regions will compete. You can view the full list of award-winners on the Society of Professional Journalists website.

The awards are arguably the most coveted awards in collegiate journalism.

Below are our award-winners:

Region II includes D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and North Carolina.

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Gabriella Demczuk | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Associated Collegiate Press named The GW Hatchet a Pacemaker national finalist in two categories Thursday – best overall newspaper and multimedia.

The independent newspaper is one of 24 newspapers competing for the coveted title of best four-year non-daily newspaper.

Entries are judged on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, layout and design and photography, art and graphics.

The Hatchet’s Gabriella Demczuk was named a finalist for her multimedia feature on Danceworks and received two honorable mentions for her stories on the equestrian team and the annual Allied in Pride Drag Ball. Demczuk also received an honorable mention for her photo of a protester picketing the White House last January.

Students release ballons enscribed with messages for Taylor Hubbard, the sophomore who died in May 2010 after a fall from a fifth floor window, into the air. Chris Gregory | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Alumnus Chris Gregory also received an honorable mention for his photo of the Taylor Hubbard vigil held last year.

The Hatchet took home the Newspaper Pacemaker award in 2005 and 2008 and the Online Pacemaker Award in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Winners will be announced on Oct. 29.

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