September 23, 2013
The staff at the Hook is preparing to stop the presses.
The final issue of the weekly newspapers will hit newsstands on Thursday.
"It's been sort of a scramble over the last couple of weeks trying to figure out what we need to run, what we want to run, what we need to say in our last few issues," the paper's editor, Courteney Stuart, said.
Earlier this month, the paper's owner announced the Hook's merger with C-VILLE Weekly. Only a handful of the Hook's staff is making the move over.
"Change is hard no matter what, but I think we're all looking at possible new opportunities, ways to stay involved in journalism in Charlottesville," Stuart said.
Stuart is one person joining C-VILLE, but first, the focus is on the final issue of the Hook, which will hit newsstands Thursday.
"The work we're doing and the stories we've written over the years do have a lasting impact, and they will become part of the history of the town," Stuart said.
The final cover story is about a cold case dating back to 1962. It's an article that's been in the works for five years and one Stuart says is representative of the role the Hook's issues have played in Charlottesville history.
"Hopefully they will become a tool for other people to use when they're doing their future articles or research projects or trying to get anything done in Charlottesville," Stuart said, "that there is this body of work that documented Charlottesville and what was happening in this town in this particular period of time that the Hook existed."
In finalizing the copy, the captions and the layout, Stuart says there's a sense of pride about what the paper's accomplished throughout its run.
"It was a scrappy little news organization," Stuart said. "Started small, started as the underdog and fought hard to tell good stories for 12 years."
Stuart said one of the final projects will be making sure the online archive of articles remains available, accessible and searchable once the newsroom closes.