Award-Winning Student Newspaper at Howard University Is Back in Business

The Hilltop, the student newspaper at Howard University in Washington, D.C., stopped publishing its print edition last spring due to a budget shortfall. The newspaper had seen a sharp decline in advertising revenue. The paper owed its printer $48,000 and could not pay its bills. A scaled-back version of the newspaper was maintained online.

The newspaper was founded in 1924 when Zora Neale Hurston was one of its original editors. Twice it won awards from the Princeton Review as the nation’s best student newspaper.

But this fall, with increased funding from the university coupled with donations from the faculty and alumni, The Hilltop is back in business. It is the only student newspaper at a historically black college or university that is published every weekday. Fifteen editors and reporters are paid a small stipend for their work on the paper.

Readers can view the online edition of the newspaper by clicking here.