We’ve long admired Lane DeGregory for her boundless curiosity and talent for storytelling.
Thanks to Society for Features Journalism for summing up how great journalism works:
* That curiosity remains the essential journalistic skill. The best writers see the world as a storehouse of story ideas.
* That a writer needs many more story ideas than he or she can actually process.
* That luck – in this case the presence of the boy’s mother in Florida – is the byproduct of hard work and preparedness.
* That you want to be able to observe directly as much as you can without intruding on the privacy of others or unnaturally changing their behavior.
* That collaboration with a good editor can help you solve important problems and overcome your doubts and weaknesses.
* That, when it comes to storytelling, an open heart is just as powerful as a skeptical mind.
Lane DeGregory sums up the subtle art of being there best:
“The slices of life I love most usually are ones no one else sees. I comb the back streets and bars, chat up bus drivers and eat at all-night diners. Co-workers kid me about seeing stories everywhere. That’s my biggest asset. And my biggest downfall: I believe everyone has a story. And I believe almost everyone.”