AJAs 2016 Finalists


Slug/Label Protest Muskrat Falls
Date Aired or Published Oct 22-25, 2016
Media outlet where first aired or published: VOCM
Name of Program: Protests - Muskrat Falls
If co-produced, list partner: N/A
Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
List awards, grants: N/A
Running time (TV/Radio):

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

In October of 2016, about 50 protesters took over the Muskrat Falls hydro electric project compound. Dozens of police officers were mobilized in what had all the makings of a significant confrontation as protesters, most of whom were of Aboriginal descent, were well organized and equipped. VOCM News does not have a physical presence in Labrador so we flew a reporter from St.John's to fly into Happy Valley-Goose Bay beginning Sunday, Oct. 23 with the approach that he would be there until the protest ended (that occurred on the afternoon of Wednesday 25th.) The one reporter, Brian Madore, faced significant challenges as he was responsible for the needs of our entire news operation which involved live hits from early morning until the last talk show at 10:00 and all points in between. His day began at about 6:00 am and ended somewhere between 10pm and midnight. Compounding matters was that his accommodations (top floor of a helicopter hangar), were not equipped with WI-Fi. Communications from the protest site were spotty, usually leaving one guessing and scurrying for higher ground in the unfamiliar wilds of Labrador.

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

The VOCM Newsroom employs 15 (11 full-time and 4 part-time) reporters, news anchors and web editors. The newsroom is staffed 19 hours per day, 5 days a week and 17 hours per day on the weekend. On daily basis, every member of the news team contributes, in some way, to the newscasts that air at the top of each hour and online content. During the weekday morning show, the newscasts run each half hour.

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