AJAs 2016 Finalists


Slug/Label Information Morning Fredericton
Date Aired or Published February 22, 2016
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC Radio
Name of Program: Information Morning Fredericton
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Location: Fredericton
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Running time (TV/Radio): 29.56

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

When people tune into Information Morning Fredericton, they expect to be informed, challenged and entertained by host Terry Seguin and the Information Morning team. They're included in the conversation with regular input on twitter and email. We have chosen an excerpt of Monday, February 22nd program as a sample of what the team produces everyday. It begins at 7:15 am with Brady Grattan's story. The teenager from Fredericton died from alcohol posioning after playing a drinking game in Alberta. It's a story that made an impact on the community and reverberated on social media. It was a parent's worst nightmare and illustrated the dangers of drinking games and binge drinking. It was a cautionary story for young people and their parents in this community and across Canada. The next day we talked to a Chief Medical Officer of Health from Nova Scotia about how to change the culture of binge drinking. This 30 minute show segment also includes survival information as well as talkback from listeners. It includes a local newscast with a wide range of subjects and treatments. Following the local newscasts, the latest weather, sports, and late bus announcements. After the sports, we pick up with another interview on the show. Journalism instructor Pauline Dakin's interview was part one in a two week series we ran that month on the changing digital world and the impact on young people. The program segment is a good example of the daily work produced by the Information Morning Fredericton team; delivering compelling, must-hear stories, all the survival information listeners need to start the day and a place where listeners can join the community conversation. We like to say: "If you miss a morning you miss a lot".

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

The team is small but mighty. Two associate producers who chase guests but also write news stories for online and radio news, one host, a technical director in the morning and a producer.All producers write stories for the program as well as other platforms on CBC in New Brunswick. Here's an example of the material from that morning show segment that was written by our team and published online at the same time the interview ran on the radio http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/brady-grattan-drinking-game-death-1.3458093.

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