The Radical Write

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The Go-To Textbook for Journalism


Since its initial publication three decades ago, The Radical Write has been the go-to textbook for newspaper and yearbook advisers and their students. Its message is simple: To survive, publications must provide essential information, and to do that, they must tell readers something new and interesting. This message is as important for 24-7 online newspapers as it is for one-every-365-days yearbooks. The accompanying website at offers, among other things, a teacher's handbookrubricshandouts and sample story prompts, as well as a blog by author Bobby Hawthorne.

Description: 210 pages, 8 ½" x 11" and hard-cover

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Seeking additional study materials? Add Game On: Reporting and Writing Sports for High School Media and Copy That: Writing for Yearbooks/A Beginner's Handbook to your order!


bobby-hawthorne.jpgA popular instructor at journalism workshops and seminars for high school students nationwide, Bobby Hawthorne has been published in every national scholastic press association periodical. He is the author of "The Radical Write," a textbook on reporting and writing for student publications that is used nationwide. He is also the author of "Longhorn Football: An Illustrated History," and "Home Field," both published by the University of Texas Press. He has also written numerous handbooks and manuals on writing-related topics including "Game On: Reporting and Writing Sports for Student Media." In 2005, he retired from the University Interscholastic League, an organization that coordinates extracurricular activities for all Texas public schools where he served as director of academics and director of journalism. In 2009, he wrote, designed and produced a 200-page history of the UIL as part of its centennial anniversary. For several years, he wrote journalism and current events contest materials for Hexco. He is a regular columnist for Texas School Business magazine, published by the Texas Association of School Administrators.

Hawthorne has won awards from associations you have never heard of, including the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Key and James Paschal Awards; the National Scholastic Press Association's Pioneer Award; and the Interscholastic League Press Conference's Edith Fox King Award, given for distinguished service to Texas scholastic journalism. In 1991, he was named a lifetime member by the Texas Association of Journalism Educators, and in 2000, he received TAJE's Trailblazer Award. In 2007, he received from the CSPA its Charles R. O'Malley Award for Overall Excellence in Teaching, an honor that recognizes "a sustained record of outstanding teaching." In November 2007, he received the Carl Towley Award, the Journalism Education Association's highest honor. Hawthorne is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (BJ 1975, MA 1985) and continues to live in Austin.

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