174 episodes

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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    A Conversation with Eli Saslow: What Makes a Feature Story?

    A Conversation with Eli Saslow: What Makes a Feature Story?

    The Society for Features Journalism hosted a conversation between Lane DeGregory and New York Times writer Eli Saslow to discuss what makes a feature story. Read the article about it here: https://featuresjournalism.org/tag/pulitzer/
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    • 42 min
    The Swan Project

    The Swan Project

    Students at the PACE center for girls come from difficult backgrounds. Some have been homeless, in jail, or are teen moms. Lane DeGregory followed them for months, trying to see whether learning to be “ladies” would change their lives.
    You can read the story here: THE SWAN PROJECT

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    • 25 min
    A Message from Roger

    A Message from Roger

    A reader called the newspaper: He’d found a note in an ancient Pepsi bottle behind his house. Lane DeGregory set out to find whoever wrote it. And helped make a heart-breaking connection.
    You can read the story here: A MESSAGE FROM ROGER | Poynter

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    • 22 min
    The Truth is Flexible

    The Truth is Flexible

    While city leaders around Tampa Bay were debating whether to outlaw panhandling, Lane DeGregory spent two days on the streets, learning how to convince drivers to give you money.
    You can read the story here: THE TRUTH IS FLEXIBLE

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    • 21 min
    Zeke the Labrador

    Zeke the Labrador

    Lane DeGregory of the Tampa Bay Times talks about taking a walk with an ailing, elderly man, his amazing pet, and the good dogs can do.
    You can read the story here: Time is short, but Zeke the Labrador lives to keep his owner alive

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    • 21 min
    Raising Writers

    Raising Writers

    Lane and her mom discuss their writing lives and how they each were drawn to words.
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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 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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