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

    I write articles and produce multimedia for Poynter.org, focusing on how tech intersects with journalism. I'm interested in digital media and virtual communication. I'm also one of the first Google Journalism Fellows and the 2013 Naughton Fellow.

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