Since its initial publication almost three
decades ago, The Radical Write has been the
go-to textbook for scholastic journalists.
This website offers, among other things, a
chapter-by-chapter workbook, rubrics,
handouts and sample story prompts
, as well
as a blog by author Bobby Hawthorne.



Bobby's Blog

Every now and then, Bobby stumbles across something that catches his eye. If there's a lesson to be learned from it, he's happy to share.

Bonus Materials


You like handouts? We have lots of them. Rubrics. Lists. Sample stories. Interviewing tips. Download as many as you want. They're free.

About the Author


Hawthorne practices what he preaches. He also writes features, profiles and opinion columns for a leading Texas education magazine.



“Half the battle of teaching kids journalism is getting them to present the news to their readers. The other half – the more difficult half – is getting those same journalists to present that news in a form that makes their audiences want to read it. ‘The Radical Write’ teaches both skills – how to present the news and how to write that news in a compelling manner. It’s a great resource in my classroom.”

Jim Streisel, HiLite adviser, Carmel High School, Carmel, IN