Advice for a student from a writer

Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer-winning Tampa Bay Times feature writer and the reported author of this email to a journalism student asking for advice from the experienced: "When I was starting out, my editor often told me what the story was about before I ever went out to report it, so I tried to tailor my questions and observations and even the writing to what I thought the editor wanted. But the story you set out to get isn’t always the story that’s really there."