"Anatomy of a Pulitzer: Q&A with Hull and Priest" - Al Tompkins - PoynterOnline

"Anatomy of a Pulitzer: Q&A with Hull and Priest" - Al Tompkins - PoynterOnline

by: Al Tompkins | publication date: April 8, 2008 | Publication: PoynterOnline |

"Much has been said and written about how difficult this story was to tell. Had the Army and/or the hospital known that you were working on this story, you certainly would have been shut out. How did you get access to the patients and their rooms? How did you introduce yourself to people you met along your journey at Walter Reed? Were you prepared to lie to gain access?Anne Hull: Working beneath the radar was crucial because we needed to see the problems at Walter Reed with our own eyes. We needed to roam around the 110-acre facility at various hours of the day or night and talk to soldiers and Marines without the interference of Army public affairs. We needed to connect with wounded soldiers that were not pre-selected by the Army." 

Taken from the anthology Best Newspaper Writing 2008-2009 published by Poynter, this is an interview with reporters Hull and Priest from The Washington Post about their Walter Reed series.

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