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Top students hear from top writer

Posted on: April 3rd, 2013 by elwalke1
Writer Berkeley Hudson engages student Wanfei Wu at the Kappa Tau Alpha awards luncheon.  Photo by Deb Wenger, April 2, 1013.

Writer Berkeley Hudson engages student Wanfei Wu at the Kappa Tau Alpha awards luncheon. Photo by Deb Wenger, April 2, 1013.

Professor Berkeley Hudson teaches magazine journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.  The former Los Angles Times writer is also an Ole Miss graduate who recently shared his passion for Mississippi and its stories with students just inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA).

KTA is a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. Eleven of the newest members received their awards and heard Hudson offer advice on how to have a successful career in telling stories.

  • Read Richard Wright and Willie Morris.  Hudson says you have to know the work of great writers to be great yourself.
  • Get yourself a mentor.  Find someone who will look at your work and help guide your career.  Stay connected to the people you’ve met at Ole Miss.
  • No one can teach you curiosity.  You just have to want to find out why things are the way they are.
  • Your brain is the most important technology.  Though Hudson says he believes in “big tent” journalism — accepting that new forms of communication are valid — he also says that the human brain is the most effective tool we have.

Hudson also asked the group, which was meeting in the Overby Center, to reflect on one of the quotes emblazoned on the wall:

“Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories.  Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them.”
-Eudora Welty