AJAs 2017 Finalists


Date Aired or Published December 1, 2017
Media outlet where first aired or published: VOCM
Name of Program: Broadcast throughout the day, both breaking and in newscasts
If co-produced, list partner: Kerri Hodder/Brian O'Connell
Location: St. John's
List awards, grants:
Running time (TV/Radio):

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

We received a tip that the search was about to resume for Cortney Lake, a young murder victim whose body had not been found. The search area was not far from where her former boyfriend had committed suicide a month earlier. (VOCM News also broke that story) We were the first on the scene and had live reports on air, a story on our website and tweets and other social media posts including images and video from the scene long before other media were able to get there.

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

The scene is just over an hour's drive from St. John's. Reporter GerriLynn Mackey used the vehicle and cell phone that are assigned to her as she broadcast through the day until the search ended that evening.

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