Writers face generational challenges in ‘The Bobby Hawthorne Experience’

Students of The Bobby Hawthorne Experience reflected on how the class’s lecture impacted them. International Academy senior, Nancy Huang was one of those students.

“We had a guest speaker come in –it was really informative- she’s actually from the business, and she’s still a student.  I think that’s why we can identify really well with Julia and what her work is.” Huang said.

The chance to talk with a guest speaker  was given to The Bobby Hawthorne Experience. Julia Nagy the lecturer, who is a former MIPA attendee, is currently the photo editor at The State News.  During her time in MIPA she took ‘Advanced Photography’ along with ‘the Bobby Hawthorne Experience. During her lecture, Nagy told of her experiences in reporting.

“I talked about a story I did called Taken. Which was about the murders of Darren Brown and Owen Goodenow.” Nagy said. “We talked about that story and how I went about getting that story, cause that story was about six months of work. I wanted to show that these stories are obtainable, but you have to be respectful and take your time, to get what you actually want out of a story.”

Besides the guest speaker, teacher Bobby Hawthorne has assigned work to his students to write a narrative, about a person doing good in their generation. Hawthorne also wants his students to look at important issues, and ask how they can morph that into a story.

“I want them to think about their generation, and how their generation is responding to the world.” Hawthorne said. “How they’re interacting with the world. So some of them are  writing stories about people who are out there trying to make a difference.”

The State news photo editor giving additional advice to a student after her lecture in The Bobby Hawthorne Experience.

The State news photo editor giving additional advice to a student after her lecture in The Bobby Hawthorne Experience.

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