The Radical Write

A humorous, no-holds barred examination of the content of student publications, the third edition of best-selling text “The Radical Write” suggests alternatives to the content clichés that dominate high school journalism. Reporting and writing for all student media is covered.

Features Overview

For more than 20 years, The Radical Write has been the textbook of choice for advisers, student reporters and editors. It's 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 newspapers as it is for yearbooks, online, broadcast and literary non-fiction magazines.


Feature 1

The book is written to be read and enjoyed. It's packed with interesting examples and entertaining anecdotes. This is not your typical "blah blah blah" date/name/place-driven textbook.

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Feature 2

Text is broken into digestible pieces, and almost every page has multiple entry points. Some teachers have their students begin each chapter by reading the sidebars first.

Photos and copy by Mitchell Franz

Feature 3

The Radical Write also features the photos of award-winning photographer Mitchell Franz. Each photo is accompanied by his insightful comments about the visual/verbal connection.