About HighlightsHighlights is a bi-monthly newspaper produced by the 35 students in the Advanced Journalism class at Beverly Hills High School. Community coverage in each 8-12 page issue includes news, opinion, feature, entertainment and sports.
This year, Louis Peitzman ([email protected]) and Eric Wirtschafter ([email protected]) serve as editors in chief under the guidance of journalism advisor Jennifer Moulton.
A perennial National Scholastic Press Association All-American, Highlights has won the county regional "On-the-Spot" Write-off sweepstakes championship 23 times in the past 28 years. Highlights staff writers have garnered the All-Southern California "On-the-Spot" Write-off sweepstakes title five times. (At the Journalism Education Association-sponsored write-offs students are given a live story presentation and have one hour to write a story; stories are judged by professional journalists.) Highlights was named best overall newspaper in its category in May 2001 in the Los Angeles Times Greater Los Angeles high school journalism competition.
The journalism program at Beverly Hills High School includes Beginning Journalism, Advanced Journalism (which produces Highlights), Watchtower (yearbook and video yearbook) and Broadcast Journalism (a weekly 30-minutes cable television newscast, aired on KBEV, Channel 6 in Beverly Hills for the past 27 years). We claim that we are the world's longest-running high school weekly cable television newscast.
Several journalism class graduates are professional journalists. A short list includes: Daryn Kagan, a CNN news anchor; Liz Claman, a CNBC news anchor; Jim Goldman, former correspondent for the Peter Jennings ABC national newscast and now a correspondent for Techtv; and Scott Reiss, an ESPN news anchor.