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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Ron Harris
Director of Communications
Office of University Communications

The Hilltop Charts New Path with Expanded Web Presence

WASHINGTON (August 23) -- The Hilltop, Howard University's student news organization, says it will enhance its quality and accessibility with a new publishing schedule and a vastly expanded Web site. Beginning today, the organization will be reporting online around the clock with video, blogs, podcasts and other interactive media at

News on the Internet is quickly becoming a favorite among consumers and the preferred means of news consumption among younger adults. In 2009, 59% of 18 to 29-year-olds looked to the Internet as their primary news source versus television, radio and newspapers, according to the Pew Research Center. By refocusing efforts on the Web, The Hilltop plans to make its news more accessible and engaging to readers, said Aleesa Mann, the organization’s new editor-in-chief.

“ will provide a more interactive news experience,” Mann said. “Through photo slideshows, videos, polls, podcasts, social networking and breaking news, we will provide The Hilltop audience with a news experience that is more compelling and engaging.

The rebrand of the site will make the publication more reader-friendly and easier to navigate, Mann said. New organization and search tools will allow readers to find the information that is relevant to them. The mobile website, also, will allow readers to access the news when they want, where they want through cell phones.

The Hilltop will reduce its weekly print schedule in order to increase its efforts online, Mann said. The paper will print on Mondays and Thursdays. Special Issues will be published once a month on Wednesdays.

The Hilltop was founded Jan. 22, 1924, by student Zora Neale Hurston, a Harlem Renaissance novelist and anthropologist considered one of the pre-eminent writers of 20th Century African-American literature, and student Eugene King. The publication was originally as a small monthly publication for the discussion of registration follies and campus events.

Today, the publication, “The Student Voice of Howard University,” is distributed at nearly 40 locations throughout the Howard University campus with over 7,000 readers.

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