2011 marked a transitory year for the journalism program at Beverly Hills High School. Two advisers, Gaby Herbst and Katie Murray, were set to lead the department together.
Both co-taught the Beginning Journalism and Advanced Journalism classes. In addition, Herbst taught ROP Desktop Publishing in which she and nine students launched the newspaper’s first website.
This was the first time that the newspaper had more than one adviser, and while rocky at times, it proved to be beneficial for the publication. The print and web editions of the paper were rated First Class by the NSPA, and the print edition received a Pacemaker Award. At the fall National High School Journalism Convention in Minneapolis, MN, the paper received seventh place in Best of Show.
The two continued to advise together the following year, and the print edition of the paper ended the school year with a rating of All-American from the National Scholastic Press Association, while the website received eighth place in Best of Show at the Fall Convention in San Antonio, TX.
2013, however, marked the end of the partnership. Herbst currently teaches both Beginning Journalism and Advanced Journalism by herself, in addition to advising Yearbook.