Perhaps the most interesting of their six new blogs is 2140 G: Inside The Hatchet, which, according to the paper's web description, gives students "a glimpse into the inner workings of one of the best college newspapers in the nation."
Already, The Hatchet's staff is making good on this blog's promise. In a post from yesterday, editor in chief Jake Sherman explains the process for selecting cover stories, using the Jan. 31 edition of The Hatchet as an example:
It seems to be a reasonable and fair way to decide on the front page of the paper. But, as Sherman continues, we find out that the plan can be overruled:
At about 6 p.m. each Wednesday night, we have our front-page meeting. Jess Calefati (senior news editor), one photo editor, our production staff and I meet to discuss which stories are worthy of the newspaper’s prime real estate. By that time, I have hopefully read all the stories, placed them down on our server and we can have a discussion about newsworthiness of each piece.
Each of us comes with ideas about stories, the production folks visualize layout and photo staff let us know about art.
After the front and inside pages were largely done, I got word from Joanna Shapes and Ben Solomon at Smith Center that they thought the men’s basketball game was front-page worthy. So we had to bump the GW Votes to the inside pages. Joanna had a nice narrative of the game so atWhile some have raised the issue of the newsworthiness of a basketball game, as one student did in a letter to the editor published in yesterday's Hatchet, I question how the spur-of-the-moment opinion of one or two staff members can outweigh an entire meeting's worth of planning. Is this a process that the Hatchet regularly uses? Has there ever been a disagreement over this practice? Does it require more work to redesign the front page because of two opinions? Is this the best way of presenting news to the students?
about 10:30, we switched the front page.
I hope that Jake Sherman and the other Hatchet staff will continue to talk about this issue and answer these questions in future blog posts. Until then, I hope The Hatchet continues to reveal the inner workings of the paper and how news is covered and reported at GW.