Anne Hull, whose stories have four times been nominated for a Pulitzer, was the Hearst Visiting Professional for UF’s College of Journalism and Communications. (Photo by Chass Bronson)
Q&A: The students asked questions. I asked questions. Washington Post reporter Anne Hull answered them — with candor, insightful stories, humor and enthusiasm for her work as a journalist. (Answers paraphrased.)
Q: What advice do you have about interviewing?
A: Be prepared. Conduct the interview in person or on the phone — not by e-mail. Take notes and transcribe them immediately.
Q: Do you get emotionally involved with your stories?
A: Yes, but you must remain professional.
Q: How do you are you able to get conversations, such as Michael Shakelford and his mother in “Young and Gay in the Real America”?
A: Listen. Don’t interrupt with your own questions. Let the conversation happen and then talk with them (individually) later about the conversation. A lot of good reporting is listening and observing.
Q: Do you let the people involved in your story read it before the story is published?
A: No. But check all the facts — right down to eye color, if you are going to mention that in the story.