AJAs 2017 Finalists


Date Aired or Published Winter 2017 issue
Media outlet where first aired or published:
Name of Program:
If co-produced, list partner:
Location: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
List awards, grants: Government of Canada Grant
Running time (TV/Radio):

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Sons of the River was first suggested by photographer Nick Hawkins and writer Tom Cheney as part of their own plans for the 2017 angling season. For almost their entire lives these two young men have fished the Miramichi. Now, as they set out on their new careers in journalism, one of their first projects together was to canoe the river from near its source to the lower reaches, often referred to as the Half Moon to Boisetown run. Cheney and Hawkins’ expedition begins as an angling trip, but ends up as a voyage of discovery for the two friends. Along the way, they realize the river has deeper meaning for them than just merely a place to catch fish. Cheney’s writing reveals he has a profound understanding of the Miramichi’s importance to both of them and to the people and wildlife that depend on its cool, clean waters. He touches on themes of friendship, history and ecology as the two paddlers share their awe and fresh perspectives on nature and outdoor adventure. Hawkins’ photography opens readers’ eyes up to the wonderful sites that await discovery in New Brunswick. As we readied the article for publication, magazine staff often asked, “Is this place really in New Brunswick?” The answer of course is yes. And seen through the eyes of the author and photographer, their article invites all of us to rediscover the natural wonders that surround us.

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

The Atlantic Salmon Journal is a membership based and flagship publication of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), a non-profit conservation organization. ASF paid fees to a local freelance writer and a photographer for the article and selection of images taken during the pair's fishing trip. A freelance Art Director was involved in laying out the piece.

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