The Hornet Tribune

About Us

The Hornet Tribune is the official student newspaper of Alabama State University. About 32  Monday mornings each school year, ASU students, faculty and staff turn to “The Hornet Tribune” as their source of campus news and sports coverage. The Hornet Tribune exists to inform the ASU community of relevant news and opinion while providing a training vehicle for students.

First published in 1926, under the name The State Normal Courier, The Hornet Tribune is recognized as one of the top HBCU college newspapers in the country. The paper has been published since 1926 except when it was not published because of World War II.  In 1962, it was renamed The Hornet Tribune and became the official student newspaper without censorship.

More than 25 students work for The Hornet Tribune in the business and editorial departments. Editors and business managers are selected each April by the Student Media Board and serve for a term of one year. The Student Media Board is responsible for all editorial and financial decisions of the newspaper. Two professional staff members provide continuity, advice, and training for the student staff, and maintain operations during vacation periods.

The Hornet Tribune consists of two principal divisions — business and editorial. The Business Board is responsible for all the business affairs of The Hornet Tribune, including advertising, ad design, marketing analytics & promotions, circulation, and accounting.   The Chief Financial Officer heads the Business Board. The heads of the business and editorial departments, as well as the General Manager, are members of the Board.

The Editorial Board is responsible for the content of The Hornet Tribune and its publications. Interim Executive Editor Nefsa’Hyatt Brown heads the Editorial Board. The heads of each editorial department, including news, sports, photography, copy, video, social media, editorial analytics, design, are members of the Board.

Business office hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Alabama State University school year. Summer hours vary.

How to join The Hornet Tribune

Learn more about joining The Hornet Tribune. You can also e-mail us at, or stop by the Student Media Laboratory on the 2nd floor of the John Garrick Hardy Center Student Life Suite.

Many Tribune staff members start out with little experience. If journalism is something you’re interested in, we’ve got a spot for you. Whether it’s writing, reporting, photography, graphic design, Web development or multimedia, we have a place for you.

Where to find the paper

Aside from keeping up to date at you can find The Hornet Tribune at nearly 20 locations across the campus. The paper is available in most campus buildings.

Publishing Policy, Copyright Notice and Photo Reprints

The Hornet Tribune is produced by a student staff at Alabama State University. All inquiries, comments and complaints should be addressed to the Student Media Board or the Editorial Board, which has sole authority over the content of this publication. Comments and other correspondence can be mailed to:

Editorial Board
The Hornet Tribune
Alabama State University
Montgomery, Alabama  36104

Opinions expressed in signed columns and cartoons are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Hornet Tribune. The Hornet Tribune’s editorials represent the opinions of the newspaper’s Editorial Board.

All content of The Hornet Tribune is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without written authorization from the editor in chief. We extend readers the right to link to our stories and to provide the headline and the first paragraph of the story on their websites.

Photo reprints may be made available for commercial use or to professional news organizations for a fee and the written permission from the editor. Interested publications should contact Photo reprints for personal use may be purchased at

Student Media Board

Hatchet Publications, Inc. is overseen by a board of directors. The directors include the editor in chief, two other staff members, one GW student unaffiliated with The Hatchet, a journalism professor and professionals in the fields of law, business and journalism. The editor in chief serves as president of the corporation. The Hatchet’s business manager, who is the corporation’s treasurer, and general counsel serve ex officio on the Board of Directors. Current board members include:

  • Liz Provencher, The Hatchet’s editor in chief, president
  • Matt Cullen, The Hatchet’s managing editor, secretary
  • Tyler Loveless, The Hatchet’s business manager, treasurer
  • Matthew Berger
  • Debbie Cenziper
  • Cayla Harris, The Hatchet’s senior news editor
  • Brandon Lee
  • Kassidy Michel
  • Gabriel Muller
  • Aaron Myers
  • Heather Rothman

Corrections Policy

The Hatchet never publishes information it knows to be false. However, in the event of an error, The Hatchet will correct the article, editorial or column on The Hatchet’s website.

The Hatchet welcomes comments or complaints about errors that warrant correction or clarification.

The Hatchet will not remove, hide, alter or edit content from the online archive unless there is a proven substantial inaccuracy that would require a published correction. It is at the editor’s discretion to clarify or otherwise amend the published article in the archive. All stories found to be reported fairly, accurately and truthfully shall remain as part of the historical record.


The Hatchet is happy to consider for publication both op-ed pieces (guest contributions to the opinions page) and letters to the editor (responses to pieces of content from any section published by The Hatchet). Pieces can be submitted at this form. Any questions can be emailed to the opinions editors at

To be eligible for publication, all submissions must include the author’s name, email address and phone number. If the author is a student, submissions should also include the person’s title (if writing on behalf of an organization), major and year in school. For letters to the editor, authors must state the specific piece of content to which they are responding and provide either the URL or the date and page on which it was published in the print edition of the paper.

The Hatchet does not guarantee publication under any circumstances and reserves the right to edit all submissions for space, grammar and clarity. All material becomes the property of The Hatchet and may be reproduced only with the written consent of the editor in chief and the originator of the material.

Advertising and Classifieds

To learn more about advertising, please visit The Hatchet’s online media kit.

Dates of Publication

The Hatchet publishes once a week during the academic year on Mondays. Publication dates are listed in The Hatchet’s online media kit.

Print and Online Archives

The Hatchet’s volumes of print archives are maintained by Gelman Library, located at 2130 H St. NW. The Hatchet’s online archive currently dates back to Oct. 23, 1997, and includes digitized versions of some print editions and front pages.

Independence from the University

While The Hatchet is staffed by GW students, it is completely financially and editorially independent. Editorial decisions are made solely by The Hatchet’s staff and Board of Directors. The paper receives no money directly from the University except revenue generated from any advertisements sold to the University.

Awards and History

This year, the Associated Collegiate Press named The Hatchet one of the 10 best four-year, non-daily college newspapers in the nation. The award, called the Newspaper Pacemaker, is one of the highest marks in college journalism, which recognizes solid overall coverage, high-quality writing, in-depth reporting, strong columns, top-notch design and compelling visuals.

The Hatchet also won the ACP Newspaper Pacemaker award in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2013. It earned the Online Pacemaker award in 2006, 2008 and 2010, and was named a finalist in 2012.

Alumni Association

Did you previously work for The Hatchet? Keep in touch with us and your favorite collegiate co-workers through The Hatchet’s Alumni Association. Follow us on Twitter and join our email list by sending a note to to be notified about future events..



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