AJAs 2016 Finalists


Slug/Label Best Information Radio Program Maritime Noon
Date Aired or Published October 11, 2016
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC
Name of Program: Maritime Noon
If co-produced, list partner:
Location: Halifax
List awards, grants:
Running time (TV/Radio): 23:19

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

It is often a slow news day after a holiday, but you couldn't say that about October 11, 2016. It was immediately obvious that the Thanksgiving Day flooding in Cape Breton was the story we wanted to tell at the top of Maritime Noon that day. The challenge is that we are in Halifax, and the people we needed to find were people who for obvious reasons, would not be at home or at work that day. How would we identify them and how would we reach them? Facebook gave us the answer. Michael Bungay posted online about the flooding of his home and his family's escape. We reached out through Facebook. He responded and agreed to a phone interview from his hotel room. We asked if there were other flood victims staying there. He put us in contact with Kerri MacCormack, we got them both on the line and recorded the interview. There was an echo on the hotel phone line, but we opted to continue. At this point Maritimers had not heard their personal stories and that trumped phone line quality.

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

Maritime Noon is a two person unit on a tight deadline. We pulled this show together with our usual resources, adding in a live hit from field reporter Brett Ruskin, tape from emergency officials and insight from automotive consultant Doug Bethune on what to do if your vehicle is flooded.

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