AJAs 2016 Finalists


Slug/Label 3 news items
Date Aired or Published November 2, 2016
Media outlet where first aired or published: cbcnl
Name of Program: Here and Now
If co-produced, list partner:
Location: Corner Brook
List awards, grants:
Running time (TV/Radio): 5:23, 2:09, 2:07

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

1. The Daniel Benoit Murder story Aired on Here and Now November 1, 2016 Description: Daniel Benoit's father murdered his mother in front of him when he was a toddler. Almost two decades later, his father Dale Ogden is released from jail. I tracked down Daniel in August and spent the day filming him at his home. He re-told the tragic incident that changed his life. He shared his fears of his father's return. This was an extremely difficult interview. I then tracked down CBC footage of the murder coverage and Ogden's trial to piece together the timeline of events. I spent a great deal of time trying to find out more about Ogden's whereabouts through Victim Services Canada. I travelled back to the town where the murder took place to shoot on cameras, and scenes. I then spent weeks working on the TV item, along with a radio PAK and a detailed web article. I edited the five minute item that ran in the first block of the newscast. 2. All day Kindergarten Aired on Here and Now May 16, 2016 Treatment: 2 min packaged item The province was about to introduce all day kindergarten in September. But I found a school in Woody Point that has been offering all day classes for seven years. The teacher and principal along with the school board agreed to have me in the classroom for the day. I interviewed the teacher and many of the five year old students. I drove to Woody Point (120 KM) and spent the day with the students. It took a lot of planning and patience, but the students did open up and talk openly with me. The teacher was very candid about how she operates her classroom and why all day kindergarten works for her. I used several different mics and lenses to film this story. 3. Snowmobile family Aired on here and now April 11, 2016 Treatment 2 min packaged item A grandfather and grandson bond over their matching machines. They both have a Bombardier Snow Bus. I drove to Woody Point NL (120 km) and spent the day with Joey and Hemblah Young. Their snowmobiles are very rare and the whole community knows about the two machines. I took my camera off tripod and got in the back of Joey's bus as he drove around Woody Point. The back filled with smoke. I used a wireless mic on him while he was driving. I then put the grandson and grandfather together for an interview. Hemblah got quite emotional talking about his bond with Joey. It was difficult to get him to talk at first, but eventually agreed. I used a shotgun mic for the interview. The Bombardier bus is quite loud and editing the sound was tricky at times.

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

I work out of the Corner Brook office on my own. My producers are 700 km away. I work independently. I drive everywhere alone and shoot, write and edit all my pieces myself. For these stories, I spent a lot of time travelling to smaller communities to gather the tape. The editing process is done alone, on a laptop. I send the finished product to St. John's and it goes straight to air.

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