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Lane DeGregory, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, is a masterful storyteller. Each episode of WriteLane is a discussion of craft, using prime examples of narrative journalism. DeGregory joined the Times in 2000 after working for two papers in Virginia. She has won dozens of national awards, including twice winning Scripps Howard’s Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing, eight National Headliner Awards and eight awards from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She teaches at the University of South Florida, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and journalism conferences across the world.
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Lane DeGregory, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, is a masterful storyteller. Each episode of WriteLane is a discussion of craft, using prime examples of narrative journalism. DeGregory joined the Times in 2000 after working for two papers in Virginia. She has won dozens of national awards, including twice winning Scripps Howard’s Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing, eight National Headliner Awards and eight awards from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She teaches at the University of South Florida, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and journalism conferences across the world.
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    Driving Headlong into Sunny Eden

    Driving Headlong into Sunny Eden

    On this episode of WriteLane: follow your instincts and it might lead to the beach. Lane shares how keeping your "story radar" on, and being willing to follow it, can lead to touching stories in unexpected places.
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    • 19 min
    The "THE" Guy

    The "THE" Guy

    On this episode of WriteLane, Lane uncovers a simple lie that changes the course of her entire story. How a seemingly boring travel story turned into her first ever second-person narrative.  
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    • 16 min
    12 Hours in a COVID ICU Unit

    12 Hours in a COVID ICU Unit

    On this episode of WriteLane, we take you into the heart of a Covid ICU unit. Lane shares the challenges of reporting from a hospital in a pandemic and how she had to adapt her own reporting process to get the story.
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    • 24 min
    Turning PR People into Storytellers

    Turning PR People into Storytellers

    On this episode of WriteLane, we sit down with Ben Riggs, a senior communications specialist at Kettering Health. He asked us for tips on how to get his team to think and write like storytellers.
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    • 19 min
    Voices of the Pandemic: A Conversation with Eli Saslow

    Voices of the Pandemic: A Conversation with Eli Saslow

    Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow recounts the process of collecting and writing a series of first person narratives during the COVID-19 pandemic. These stories are published in his new book, Voices of the Pandemic.
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    • 19 min
    Wants to be a cop?

    Wants to be a cop?

    After a reckoning over policing in America, 30 recruits enroll at the academy. We reflect on how our eight-part series, with an epilogue, came together.
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Erin McIntyrr in Colorado ,

Inspiring and essential for writers

Thank you for this podcast. I’m a journalist and I sometimes listen on my drive to an interview or (these days) before an interview on the phone. You always give me something to think about or inspiration for my current works in progress. A must-listen!

timdavis7730 ,

Turn Write Here

I am a journalism instructor in Tennessee, and this podcast is my curriculum. I hope my students and I catch Lane's appreciation for people of all types.

Former Pilot Intern ,

Inspiration for journalists and writers

Years ago, I interned for Maria and sat next to Lane. These are the types of conversations they would have — and are still having — in the newsroom.

Think of each episode as a personal coaching session. Take their ideas. Try them out. Read Lane’s stories for more inspiration.

Before you submit your story, read it out loud to yourself. Maria will tell you that’s the fastest way to figure what phrases and sentences need to be reworked.

Keep listening, too. Lane and Maria have a lot to teach us all about the craft.

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