Grow and Learn – The GW Ax

Each year, graduating editors receive a final 30 column inches – “30” was historically used to signify the end of a story – to reflect on their time at The Hatchet, published in the final issues of the year.

As a specialist in photojournalism, the Hachette seemed like the obvious choice in a student organization to invest my time and learn more about the world of journalism. I enrolled in second grade, timidly coming to photo meetings in the basement of the townhouse. I quickly got to know editors and other photographers, and quickly felt more empowered as a photographer working with Hachette. Each week, taking photos, I felt more aware of campus events, more connected to the student body, and more grateful for the vibrant GWU and greater DC community.

By working with culture and features, I was really able to break out of the Foggy Bottom bubble. As a staff photographer, I loved taking weekend scouting assignments and then bringing my friends and making a day out of it. As a cultural photo editor in my freshman year, I was excited to attend budgeting meetings and check out all the hottest spots in DC that I had yet to visit. As editor this year, I love finding hidden gems around town and sending other photographers to cover them for snapshots so they have the same experience as me.

As I leave the Hatchet, I am very proud of the work done by the photo team over the past two years. We’ve adapted to cover DC events from living rooms across the country during the pandemic, we’ve faced so many awkward Zoom hotseats, and we’ve been able to get back to campus and readapt to days and nights in person. in the townhouse. We all pushed ourselves to find creative solutions for the stories and came back to DC stronger than ever as photographers and editors.

I feel so lucky to have been under such inspiring editors throughout my career and to be part of such a photo boss team for two consecutive years. My peers on The Hatchet and in my cohort of photojournalists have given me so much hope for the currently male-dominated journalism industry. I look forward to seeing us travel the world to bring more diverse voices and perspectives on global issues.

sydney: I’m so glad we both chose the smaller, more specialized little major when we were eighteen!! It was so much fun growing up as visual storytellers together at Smith Hall, Corcoran, Eddie Adams and the townhouse.

Grace: This year with you at the helm was incredible. Thank you so much for keeping us all in line, calm and on time. It was so fun to watch your photos go from strength to strength over the past three years, and to see you come to this position of leadership so naturally and with such ~grace.~

Auden: I’m so glad you got to be part of the mid-year photography team! You have become such a great editor in such a short time, and I know you will be such a great senior photo editor next year!!

Danielle: You’ve done a great job this year on the news! You had such a heavy workload and you did the damn thing!! I know you’re going to do great things with features next year, and I can’t wait to see that!

I am so grateful for all the opportunities Hatchet has given me to photograph, learn and grow. A few of my favorites (including of course Josh Peck

File photo by Camille Desanto | photo editing assistant

File photo by Camille Desanto | photo editing assistant

File photo by Camille Desanto | Photographer

File photo by Camille DeSanto | photo editing assistant

File photo by Camille DeSanto | photo editing assistant

File photo by Camille DeSanto | photo editing assistant

File photo by Camille DeSanto | photo editing assistant

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