Friday, November 16, 2018


Lane DeGregory

Lane DeGregory

Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times enterprise reporter who prefers writing about people in the shadows. She went to work with a 100-year-old man who still swept out a seafood warehouse, hung out beneath a bridge with a colony of sex offenders, followed a feral child who was adopted. Lane graduated from the University of Virginia, where she was editor in chief of The Cavalier Daily student newspaper. Later, she earned a master's degree in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia. She previously worked for the Daily Progress and The Virginian-Pilot and moved to Florida in 2000 to write for the Times. She's married to a drummer, Dan DeGregory, and they have two sons, Ryland and Tucker. Lane's stories have appeared in the Best Newspaper Writing editions of 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. She has won dozens of national awards, including twice winning Scripps Howard's Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing and has been recognized eight times by the National Headliner Awards and eight times by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. In 2011, she was named a fellow by the Society of Professional Journalists. She teaches at the University of South Florida, the Poynter Institute and journalism conferences around the world. Listen to her weekly podcast, WriteLane, on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Lane DeGregory with her son Ryland. She rarely writes personal essays, but her two sons have inspired a few stories.

Lane DeGregory podcast: Episode 48 - Getting personal

This week’s conversation is about writing first-person essays and interjecting yourself as a character in stories.To read the story from the podcast:
Published: 11/13/18
Updated: 11/14/18
Tampa Bay Times staff photographer Douglas R. Clifford documents damage in the coastal township of Mexico Beach, which lay devastated after Hurricane Michael made landfall. [ZACK SAMPSON | Times]

Episode 47: Storm stories

Tampa Bay Times reporter Zack Sampson joins the podcast to talk about covering hurricanes. Sampson went to report from Florida’s Panhandle as Hurricane Michael closed in.Read some of his coverage here:
Published: 11/06/18
Updated: 11/07/18
This John Pendygraft photograph was much-discussed. Are those just shadows behind the door or is Ma Barker's ghost trying to keep people away.

Episode 46: A ghost story

In honor of Halloween, today’s podcast revisits the story of Ma Barker’s house.Read it here:
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Mark Lorando gave the keynote address at the recent Society for Features Journalism conference. [Photo courtesy of Carol Lichti]

Episode 45: Changing the narrative

This week, listen to Mark Lorando, editor and vice president of content for the NOLA Media Group, as he talks about the future of journalism.And find links to two of his newsroom’s recent projects here:
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Reporter Denise Watson, at left, and photographer Vicki Cronis-Nohe partnered on many stories as colleagues at The Virginian-Pilot. [MARIA CARRILLO / Times]

Episode 44: War stories

Former Virginian-Pilot colleagues - Denise Watson and Vicki Cronis-Nohe - join the podcast to talk about our days together.Below, check out the video they created for one of the stories discussed in the podcast.
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John Pendygraft of the Tampa Bay Times. [DANESE KENON / Times]

Episode 43: Follow your bliss

Today’s episode features the Tampa Bay Times' John Pendygraft, an award-winning photojournalist, who talks about his love for Joseph Campbell and anthropology and storytelling.Read the series referenced in this...
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Episode 42: One Way Out

This week, we discuss a story about a high school football player from Florida who dreamed of making his way to the NFL.Read the story here:
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Tom Huang of The Dallas Morning News joins the podcast. [DANESE KENON / Times]

Episode 41: Managing projects

Tom Huang, assistant managing editor for features and community engagement at The Dallas Morning News, joins the podcast again, this time for a conversation about how to tackle and execute a big idea.A new podcast is available...
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Tom Huang, assistant managing editor at The Dallas Morning News, joins the podcast. [DANESE KENON / Times]

Episode 40: Paying it forward

Today’s podcast is a conversation with Tom Huang, assistant managing editor for features and community engagement at The Dallas Morning News, about the need for - and benefits of - mentoring.A new podcast is available each...
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Episode 39: ‘What the hell did you do to my daughter?’

Episode 39: ‘What the hell did you do to my daughter?’

This week’s discussion is over a recent story -
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