AJAs 2016 Finalists


Slug/Label Global News - Senior Dog Walker
Date Aired or Published Nov. 22, 2016
Media outlet where first aired or published: Global New Brunswick
Name of Program: Global News at 6
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Location: New Brunswick
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Running time (TV/Radio): 4:32

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

The story centred on an 82 year old Moncton man, Bill MacLean, who is battling lung cancer but still dedicates one day a week to walking homeless dogs at the SPCA. Bill has developed a strong bond with the dogs especially 15 year old, Poppy. As a senor dog, Poppy had been having difficulty finding a family willing to adopt him. Bill, who is unable to adopt a dog, expressed his deep sadness over the situation. The impact of the story was immediate. The impact of the story was immediate. After seeing the story on Global News at 6, a gentleman from Sussex knew he wanted to provide the dog with a good home and adopted Poppy about a week later. A follow up story was shot and aired on November 29th with the update.

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

Reporter Shelley Steeves and Camera Operator Steve Fiander completed the original story in Moncton and then traveled to Sussex, NB about an hour away week later to provide an update.

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