August 20, 2021

Welcome to WriteLane!

In 2017, my editor at the Tampa Bay Times and I approached our friends at the Poynter Institute for advice about making a podcast. We wanted to record a single episode focused on my Pulitzer Prize-winning story, “The Girl in the Window.” The idea was that I would turn the 10-year follow-up story into an audio presentation.

But the people at Poynter had another idea. There aren’t many podcasts on the craft of journalism, they said. “We need that.”

So my editor, Maria Carrillo, and I set out to record episodes on various pieces of the writing process, from coming up with ideas to interviewing, reporting, taking notes, editing. Combined, we have close to 70 years of journalism experience.

The podcasts are informal conversations between Maria and me, and sometimes include guests: award-winning writers, editors, photographers, teachers and judges of journalism contests. Others are deep dives into stories, dissecting how writers got access, chose details, found a voice, and decided on frame and structure.

Our episodes have lived on the Tampa Bay Times website since we started.

Now WriteLane is moving to Poynter. You’ll find more than 30 episodes uploaded here, and we’ll keep adding to the collection.

We’re so excited to be here and feel like it’s the perfect place for our podcasts. We hope journalism students, teachers and practitioners will find episodes that speak to them or illuminate new ways of pursuing and seeing stories.

To make it easier to find topics you’re interested in, we reorganized the podcasts under subject headings. Now, writing, interviewing, editing, individual stories and others are grouped in their own sections. Links to the articles we reference are included, as are some tip sheets.

Not all the episodes are on the Poynter website yet. We’re in the process of moving them over.

Please listen while you’re driving, doing laundry, walking your dog. Let us know what you think. And what else we should talk about. We’d love to get inside your head and heart.

Thanks for listening!

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Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times feature writer who prefers writing about people in the shadows. She went to work with a…
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