Reporting tips from Pulitzer winners: Stop asking so many questions and get people out of a story as well as you get them in

At a recent writing seminar held by Poynter ahead of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes, past winners offered their reporting tips. Among their advice: Tom French, who won in 1998 for feature writing, says reporters should rely less upon interview questions and feel comfortable reporting what they observe. And Leonard Pitts Jr., who won in 2004 for commentary, says while journalists spend a lot of time figuring how to get someone into a story, they should spend just as much time getting someone out of a story with a memorable ending.