Lane DeGregory shares tips on developing sources, getting them to open up

Lane DeGregory, a writer for Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times, visited the institute recently to speak to high school students about how to find story ideas.

DeGregory, a 2009 Pulitzer-Prize winner for feature writing, shared a few techniques she uses to build rapport with her sources and get them to open up. These tips have served her well when reporting on intimate stories that dive deep into her sources’ personal lives.

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  • Anna Li

    Hi govskeptic,
    You make a great point. I think Lane’s tips for diving deep into narratives can work both for public and private individuals. Developing a relationship is often the key to getting access to government agencies as you mentioned.

  • govskeptic

    It’s certainly too bad many other publications aren’t follow the same lead on these type
    stories. Far too often, especially with TV reporters, access is more important for a short
    news clip with police and public officials, than is the story. The public can scratch the
    surface and obvious news, but it takes the work of a journalist, trained or untrained, to
    dig into the more serious and most of the time well hidden agenda and actions of police
    and others within any given government.