The Shenandoah Reports
The Archives is a section for useful references and links to things in Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley, both Supernatural and Mundane. These are features either on the web, or that the players have discovered. Archived News Stories can also be found here.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE HOOK?
Simply: Charlottesville’s most award-winning weekly newspaper and the largest independent paper in Central Virginia. By publishing fair, balanced, and colorful journalism, the Hook contributes to the community’s health and encourages the mental, physical, and civic engagement of Central Virginians.
Newspapers make most of their money from advertising, so it’s just easier to skip the costly turmoil of subscription lists and paperboys and simply make the paper free.
WHERE’S THE OFFICE, AND WHEN IS IT OPEN?
We’re located in the heart of Charlottesville on the Downtown Mall at the Second Street automobile crossing. We’re upstairs over the Consignment House and Bizou restaurant— and diagonally across from the Regal Cinema. Entrance is through a red door on Second Street. Hours: 9-5, Monday through Friday.
WHAT’S THE HOOK HISTORY?
The Hook was founded in early 2002 by a group of employees who had previously worked together at another local weekly called C-ville. The Hook is owned by Better Publications LLC, a Virginia company, whose stock is currently held by three Charlottesville individuals, including editor/co-publisher Hawes Spencer. A funny thing happened in 2011 though. C-ville and the Hook got bought by a consortium of the owners of the two papers.
WHAT’S WITH THAT NAME, “THE HOOK”?
Originally, Charlottesville itself earned that moniker, perhaps in the 1950s, because lots of UVA students earned Cs— aka “hooks”— on their report cards. But the so-called “gentleman’s C” is history— doomed by grade inflation and coeducation. We picked the name because it simultaneously refers to the zesty part of a song, as well as this town’s uncanny ability to lure people back. (And, although we do not embed nicotine in the inks, we believe our paper is habit-forming.)
WHO WAS THOMAS JEFFERSON?
The man who wrote, “Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press.” He also penned this gem: “A government without newspapers or newspaper without government— I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”