went down there and met with his father, with the cops, recreating
the last few moments before he disappeared into the woods. I knew
I wanted to be a journalist after that story, says Gimbel,
a junior co-majoring in political science and journalism.
additional interviews, Gimbel found that Budd had been acting
strangely for months before his disappearance, giving away all
the posters in his room at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house and
avoiding making decisions about what courses to take during
the upcoming term. Gimbel also found that police suspected Budd
had his fathers pistol with him when he was last seen,
walking away from the boat.
resulting article, Seven months, 1,500 acres: still no
trace of Bryant Budd, was one of the clips that earned
Gimbel the Associated Collegiate Press and the National Scholastic
Press Associations 2000 Reporter of the Year title. He
received the award and a thousand dollars in November at the
National Collegiate Media Convention in Washington, D.C.
is really enthralled with journalismhe loves to talk about
the craft, he loves the quest, looking at things from different
angles, says Sheila Tefft, director of Emorys journalism
program, who taught Gimbels journalism ethics class. Hes
naturally skeptical, discarding what doesnt stand up.
Bizarre, unusual, quirky things fascinate him.
his office on the fifth floor of the Dobbs University Center,
Gimbel puts in fifty to sixty hours a week at the independent
student newspaper, which publishes 7,500 copies twice a week.
He supervises twenty student writers, assigns and edits copy,
and keeps up with a full course load. Sometimes Ill
get home at 6 a.m., and have a 9 a.m. class, he says.
But Im here because I think were doing something
who worked last summer as a full-time news reporter in the DeKalb
County bureau of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has
covered political contests and the police beat. He coordinated
a recent Emory Wheel article about the Emory post offices
poor service that resulted in new hires and an apology from
the company that runs it.
realize things can change, and we can take some small credit
for that, he says.
also achieved campus acclaim for an investigative article he
wrote about extravagant spending by Student Government Association
Executive Board members, including several who indulged in a
$220 Sunday brunch at the Ritz-Carlton on the students
for the oft-heard prediction that print journalism will be obsolete
in a decade or two, the twenty-one-year-old Gimbel counters
like a grizzled, green-eyeshade editor: Even if were
published only on-line, whos writing the stuff? Itll
make journalists lives harder, updating stories all daywell
have to become as twenty-four-hours oriented as CNN. But I dont
think hard copies will die any time soon. People like to have
something to hold in their hands.M.J.L.