I don’t have a master’s degree from Columbia, I never did an internship at the Washington Post, and I was fired from my first job as a copy editor in New York: I’m an extremely average reporter. Extremely average reporters can win Pulitzers if they learn how to tell stories.

Tom Hallman, in his essay How to Come Up Short printed in the book Telling True Stories.

He also said: “The actual words in my stories aren’t that beautiful. I love reporting, but I really dislike writing. Before you can tell a story, you have to learn how to see a story.”