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Journalist inspires writers at RCS High School

Albany Times Union journalist Paul Grondahl spoke to RCS High School journalism and AP English students on Feb. 1, stressing the importance of reading, writing, observing, traveling and hard work. Students read samples of Grondahl’s current newspaper articles and discussed his work and how the industry has changed since his career began with the Times Union 30 years ago.

Grondahl shared his philosophy of writing as a way of helping people understand real-life struggles including addiction, homelessness, mental illness and the prison system.

“It was great for my students to hear from an experienced journalist who has had to change and adapt in recent years to the way media has evolved,” English teacher Tara Stumbaugh said. “It is valuable for them to hear from someone who has experience in a field that they themselves may be interested in pursuing.”