AJAs 2016 Finalists


Slug/Label Tobique land claim
Date Aired or Published September 16, 2016
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC
Name of Program: Information Morning Fredericton
If co-produced, list partner:
Location: Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick
List awards, grants:
Running time (TV/Radio): 8:35

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

After 40 years of negotiations with the federal government, Tobique First Nation voted to accept a $40-million land claim deal. Every band member would get $13,500, a life-changing amount for many people. I found out about the vote from the First Nation, after months of conversations with the chief. CBC was the only media outlet on site to cover the vote. The First Nation isn’t easily accessible from any of New Brunswick’s major cities. For two days I reported news stories before and after the vote for radio, television and online. But the debate on what the decision would mean for the community was so much more complex than I could fit into my news pieces. So during my second day on the First Nation, I pitched a deeper look at the issue to the morning show. Forget streeters, this was about walking through the community and hearing from people I didn’t have time to stop and speak with for my news reports. That’s how I found out about the man leading the charge, Wayne Nicholas, who died hours after the vote.

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

I was on the First Nation for two days, but during that time I also filed news reports both days for all platforms: television, radio and online. I started listening to all my tape and writing the piece on the afternoon of the second day. It aired the next morning. There wasn’t any additional money allocated to work on the story. A camera person was with me both days to help me file and edit a piece for TV.

Return to list of finalists