About the Berkeley High Jacket
The Berkeley High Jacket is the student newspaper of Berkeley High School. The 16-page paper is published every other Friday throughout the school year and serves more than 3,200 Berkeley High students, as well as the broader Berkeley community. The paper's five sections are News, Opinion, Features, Entertainment, and Sports. Additionally, the Jacket publishes breaking news, video and multimedia content to its website. The Jacket is largely student-operated and is put together by a dedicated staff of student editors, writers, photographers, illustrators and videographers.
From the mid-1950s to the early 1960s, the paper was printed daily in the school's own print shop. In the late 1990s reporters Megan Greenwell and Iliana Montauk broke a story involving a local Berkeley business owner who was importing young women from India for sex trafficking. Their story was widely syndicated and the exposure resulted in criminal prosecution. In 2000, the Jacket staff became the first-ever non-professional winner of the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists' Journalist of the Year award.
In the 2009-2010 year Evan Cohen and Connor Nielsen recreated the Jacket website from scratch. The new website allowed for a wider audience than the paper offered, as well as the addition of Multimedia pages that feature video segments. On March 19th, 2010, the paper received the Golden Crown Award for the Jacket Online from The Columbia Scholastic Press Association, "the highest award given to a student publication by the Association," and continues to win more Crown Awards.
In 2012, the newspaper celebrated its 100-year anniversary, publishing its 100th Anniversary Issue, headed with an editorial on the importance of student journalism and the relevance of journalism today by the year's editorial board. It also included, from the archives, past Jacket articles spanning from the 1910s all the way through the 21st century.
The Jacket has certainly come a long way since its beginnings over a century ago, and the still-growing number of students applying to be staff members each year indicates that this newspaper should, and will be here to stay. For as long as there are dedicated writers and interested readers, the Jacket will continue providing a platform for professional-level student journalism to shine.