Our Carroll Community is more informed than ever, thanks to Mrs. Gimpel’s Journalism course. The class is new this year, and in charge of writing stories for The Carroll Times, which is the school’s online newspaper. “The students had to get up to speed quickly, so they watched a short tutorial during the summer on how to write newspaper stories and they started writing even before school started. Now they write a story or two per week,” explained Gimpel.
In addition to the course, students in the class create the Legacy yearbook and also contribute to Origins, a Carroll Literary publication that has become a part of the Carroll Times. “They are in charge of taking photos, placing photos, writing captions, writing stories, and writing headlines. Finally, the students do some creative writing. They’ve written some poetry so far that will be published soon in Origins,” added Gimpel.
The students are lucky to have Mrs. Gimpel as a teacher. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Political Science from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. After that, she became a reporter for The Intelligencer Daily Newspaper in Doylestown and, later, for The Morning Call Daily Newspaper in Allentown. Mrs. Gimpel spent most of her fifteen-year career covering politics, government, and the courts in Bucks County and Montgomery County. She stayed in the business as a freelancer after leaving full-time work. She also did some writing in public relations and in advertising and wrote about a dozen books for young readers.
Mrs. Gimpel developed the journalism course at Carroll to supplement the work done on an extracurricular basis for the newspaper and the yearbook. “Because the class meets regularly and has regular deadlines, the newspaper has been able to publish more stories than it was able to do when it operated on an extracurricular basis only,” explained Gimpel.
The Carroll community has been enjoying the consistent stream of stories from the students, and the students are enjoying the class as well. “What I really like about Mrs. Gimpel’s Journalism class is that instead of just working on essays and research papers about random topics we have the opportunity to be more creative and write about topics that interest us and people that we know. And the stories we write are more relevant to the immediate world that we, as students, live in,” said Nicholas Volpe ‘21.
Be sure to follow The Carroll Times at www.TheCarrollTimes.org.