The Hook (newspaper)

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The Hook
The Hook front page.jpg
The 2007-02-22 (#0608) front page of The Hook
Type Alternative weekly
Format Tabloid
Publisher Hawes Spencer
Founded 2002
Ceased publication 2013
Headquarters 100 Second Street NW
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902  United States

The Hook was a weekly newspaper published in Charlottesville, Virginia and distributed throughout Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. It was founded in 2002 by a number of former employees of another Charlottesville weekly, C-ville Weekly, including its co-founder and editor Hawes Spencer.

In 2007 and again in 2009, The Hook won the Virginia Press Association Award for Journalistic Integrity and Community Service, the VPA's highest honor.[1]

The Hook features included the "HotSeat" (in which Charlottesville notables answered questions about everything from what is in their refrigerator to their most embarrassing moments), "4BetterOrWorse" (an often humorous summary of local and national news items), and the "Culture Calendar".

The Hook's webcam showed the streetscape of Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, a pedestrian promenade that includes the local Ice Park and Jefferson and Paramount theaters.

In addition to print, The Hook branched out into other media in 2006 with the launch of its blog and weekly podcast. In 2013 The Hook went out of business.


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