AJAs 2016 Finalists


Slug/Label VOCM Morning Show
Date Aired or Published April 10, 2016
Media outlet where first aired or published: VOCM
Name of Program: VOCM Morning Show
If co-produced, list partner: N/A
Location: Newfoundland
List awards, grants: N/A
Running time (TV/Radio): 30:00

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

The VOCM Morning Show airs weekdays. The show has several hosts, including Fred Hutton, Brian O'Connell, Paul Raynes, Claudette Barnes and Andrew Hawthorn. Brian is the main host, Fred is responsible for news and current affairs content. Claudette takes care of weather and, school information, feature items and giveaways. Paul is a live traffic reporter and quite often covers spot news for on air and online. Andrew is the web editor, but also has live interaction in three segments each morning, discussing what is on our own site and trending on social media. Diane Humber is the main chase producer for the show, researching and lining up interviews for the morning show, which normally has an average of nine items/interviews per day. Every member of the news team contributes to the content of the Morning Show. Work on each show actually begins the night before, lining up interviews and setting the rundown, which changes every day because of the nature of news and live radio.

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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