INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Berkeley High School’s Arts & Humanities Academy Senior Interdisciplinary Project for the fall semester aims to explore a variety of socio-political issues and the multiple narratives around these topics , with particular attention to how these narratives are developed, articulated, and perpetuated through mass media – and why. THE TASK: Working in groups of four, students are responsible…

Artists’ Statement

By Aaron Jefferson For our project, we researched the War on Drugs and if it was truly effective or not. The War on Drugs has also been labeled a conspiracy by many people including Ron Paul and John Kerry. Since it’s widely accepted as conspiracy, we decided that it would be fitting to use The…

The War on Poverty

“The War on Poverty”—The War on Drugs has been a way to legally discriminate based on race. By Tori Holland The War on Drugs has been an ongoing controversy. To some it has been such a problematic issue that it has actually become a war in which there are clear and diametrically opposed adversaries. This…

The War on Conspiracy

“The War on Conspiracy” — The War on Drugs has allowed the U.S. government to manipulate and profit from drug trade.  By Ramona Gomes-Mcewen The “War on Drugs” has been the center of many debates since its announcement in 1971 by President Richard Nixon. The War on Drugs is an extremely complex topic on which people have…

War (On Drugs)! What Is It Good For?

Artists’ Statement By Ramona Gomes-McEwen, Alice Hou, Tori Holland, Aaron Jefferson The War on Drugs is a campaign that began in 1971 under President Richard Nixon. The stated goal of the War on Drugs was to abolish illegal drug trade in the United States, and to implement harsher consequences for drug users, as well as interventions for drug use…

Annotated Works Cited

“Book Discussion on [Dark Alliance].” C-SPAN.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2016. In this video interview, Steve Scully interviews Gary Webb on his book “The Dark Alliance”. They discuss Webb’s investigation and his subsequent departure from the Mercury News, as well as the ins and outs of the Iran-Contra scandal and the War on Drugs….

The War on Perseverance

“The War on Perseverance”—The War on Drugs has been effectively reduced drug use availability, and abuse. By Alice Hou “The War on Drugs has reduced the demand for illegal drugs by half,” says Asa Hutchinson, the director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  The goal of the War on Drugs is to reduce drug use….