A Close Look at the New Journalism Course

BHHS seniors have the opportunity to enroll in a fairly new English course centered around the principles and fundamentals of journalism. Continue reading to take a deep dive into how three BHHS seniors have enjoyed this class so far.

By Aliza Hammond

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Most students at BHHS have indulged in standard English classes for years upon years of their elementary, middle, and high school learning. Although these classes have been rewarding, interesting, and crucial, for some students, the thought of exploring a new branch of literary studies is very appealing. In response, the English department, in cooperation with the Byram Hills administration, thought that the creation of a more specialized English course for BHHS seniors would be perfect to meet this aforementioned desire. Thus, they have introduced Byram Hills’ new journalism course. 

The journalism course is designed to allow students to interview fellow classmates, teachers, clubs, and teams, in addition to constructing profiles on their findings. Many students, such as senior Talia Deutsch, feel grateful to have the opportunity to take this new course. As mentioned earlier, it is a break from traditional English classes and gives students a chance to explore something new and interesting. According to Talia, seniors like herself are “really lucky to have this opportunity to take this class because it has allowed [them] to try something new.” Likewise, senior Evan Weiss added that the course is “very different from English in years past.” Clearly, this class has granted seniors with an opportunity to explore a new sect of writing that they have not been able to experience in the past. 

Thus far, Evan has participated in a variety of assignments, including profiling school teams and clubs. Continuing with this trend, senior Alana Curley wrote her first assignment about “fall sports beginning once again after their season was altered by COVID-19 last year.” Furthermore, Talia has worked on profiling individuals and their leadership within the school. She adds that she has also profiled students with interesting talents and hobbies. It is evident that this class not only allows students to build their skills in journalism and writing, but also encourages them to maintain their involvement within the school community. 

Lastly, one unique aspect of this course is that students also have the opportunity to take part in the creation of the BHHS yearbook. Talia added that “as a senior, [she loves] having the power to contribute to something that is very meaningful to [her] and [her] friends.” Providing seniors with the chance to add to the yearbook, which is something that they will cherish for a long time after their high school graduation, is a very worthwhile experience. Evan commented that “having Mrs. Eshoo and Ms. Menasche as teachers is the perfect match for this class because they are both heavily involved in the Yearbook and The Oracle.” Ultimately, this yearbook portion of the course is undoubtedly one of the unique and special parts of the journalism class that makes it so appealing to seniors.

Ultimately, the seniors who are enrolled in this journalism course are quite happy with their decision to deviate from the “typical” English class for their final year at BHHS. In addition, their ability to interview their fellow classmates, learn more about the school community and help construct the yearbook, while simultaneously building their reading, writing and communication skills, is a once in a lifetime opportunity for BHHS seniors.