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Letter from the Editor – Staff Sign Off

The Hilltop’s 2018-2019 printing schedule has concluded.

This year, The Hilltop staff has worked hard to bring the Howard community informative and entertaining issues each week.

We set out to record history and define legacy, as The Hilltop has done since 1924.

We’ve covered campus and national news, had a culture section filled with information on various interests and chronicled Howard athletics.

We’ve spoken with hundreds of students on campus to better understand their experiences, share their opinions and report their news.

Our interviews have been with U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib, journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates and founder of The Source magazine Dave Mays.

We’ve launched a weekly podcast, Off the Top, which has added a human voice to our news stories by offering authentic student perspectives on what was covered in the respective week’s paper.

Our video content has spanned from coverage of Howard Homecoming, a fall fashion lookbook and a look inside D.C.’s Hip Hop museum.

I hope we’ve done well amplifying the student voice of Howard University and adding context to our institution’s culture.

I’d like to extend thanks to the Howard community that has served as our audience and challenged us to grow as a publication.

Thank you to our team– advisors, editors, reporters, photographers and creatives– who have dedicated their talents and time to student journalism. Producing a tangible, accurate and well-made body of work each week is no small task, and every individual contribution has made the difference in our success.

Serving as the Editor-in-Chief of The Hilltop has been one of the greatest honors and challenges of my life thus far. I am so grateful for the opportunity to tell Howard University’s story, and to learn and grow through the work of telling it.

I am so excited to further develop The Hilltop’s storytelling capabilities and platforms. Even more so, I’m excited to continue to build priceless relationships with students, student journalists, and the faculty and staff that help us thrive.

Congratulations to the graduating class of Howard University. Well wishes to everyone pursuing their dreams now armed with both an intellectual and cultural knowledge.

I hope the Howard University community enjoys the upcoming summer as a period of personal growth, professional gains and private life relaxation.

For Zora.

Jaylin Paschal


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