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Potential crisis at Berkeley High student paper is averted

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A potential crisis has been averted at the Berkeley High student newspaper, the Jacket, after its staff succeeded in persuading school administrators to categorize it as a two-period class. This means the 100-year-old publication can continue to be published on the same schedule and with the same number of staff.

“We can run the Jacket as usual this year. I am so relieved,” said Dharini Rasiah, the faculty adviser to the Jacket, whose allocated time to the paper had been cut back, putting the paper’s future in jeopardy, according to some of its editors.

The Jacket has around 130 staff, 35 of whom are editors, and is published every other week and online. Because it is run as a class, it requires a faculty adviser with the requisite number of hours to handle the number of students. After Rasiah’s course load was changed before the beginning of this academic year, Jacket staff feared they would need to slash staff numbers to around 40 which would prevent them from publishing as frequently, if at all. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley High student newspaper calls for more support

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Students who manage Berkeley High School’s student newspaper, the Berkeley High Jacket, which is marking its 100th anniversary this year, say the publication is in crisis after the school withdrew part of its support.

The paper, which is published every other week and online, is categorized as a class and is therefore allocated a staff supervisor and a number of periods relating to the number of students who are registered for the class.

For the past three years, the paper’s faculty adviser has been advanced video teacher Dharini Rasiah. At the end of the last academic year, Berkeley High eliminated a media support services course which amounted to 20% of Rasiah’s quota of daily classes. As she had been devoting much of that course time to the Jacket, which, by her estimate, takes up 20-30 hours of her time a week, the overall time she could commit to the paper has been significantly reduced. Rasiah has also given a new art class to teach. … Continue reading »

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A glimpse into the lives of Berkeley High seniors

BHS Class of 2010, courtesy Mark Copland
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More than 800 Berkeley High School seniors will walk across the stage of the Greek Theater this evening, shake hands with outgoing principal Jim Slemp, and pick up their diplomas.

They will also be able to pick up the “Senior Issue” of the Jacket, the high school newspaper. It’s an issue that not only commemorates the successes of the graduates, but takes a look back over the last four years.

Some highlights:

A list of the … Continue reading »

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Berkeley High newspaper wins prestigious award

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It’s not even a year old, but the online site for the Berkeley High Jacket has won a prestigious journalism award.

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association awarded the Jacket its “Gold Crown,” award, one of ten such awards handed out to high school websites throughout the country.

“I am very excited,” said Charlotte Wayne, the editor-in-chief of the Jacket [and -- full disclosure -- my daughter]. “Sometimes you can’t tell how you are being received as … Continue reading »

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10 years later: How 2 Berkeley High reporters broke sex-ring scandal

Reddy in police custody in 2000
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Ten years ago, two young Berkeley High School reporters started to investigate the death of a young Indian immigrant woman. Carbon monoxide had killed Seetha Vemireddy while she slept in her Berkeley apartment, and her sister had been seriously sickened.

The original incident received some cursory notice in the local press. But the two young reporters, Megan Greenwell and Iliana Montauk, were curious: why wasn’t the 17-year-old girl enrolled in school? It was a question that hadn’t occurred to other, … Continue reading »

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