AJAs 2017 Finalists


Slug/Label NP-WilliamsHarbour
Date Aired or Published Online - Nov. 10, print - Nov. 15
Media outlet where first aired or published: Northern Pen - online
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Location: William's Harbour, NL
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Our paper had followed the William's Harbour resettlement throughout 2017 as the votes were cast to resettle and the process to move began. Coming on the final week before the town would lose its power, I travelled down to the community to document the final days of the few remaining residents. My angle was to use the resettlement as a foundation for the story but make the lives of those remaining residents and their connection to the community as its main focus.

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

This story involved extensive travel. The trip from St. Anthony to William's Harbour includes a nearly 90 minute drive to the St. Barbe ferry to Blanc-Sablon, Quebec. After that 90 minute ferry ride there was an over three hour drive across southern Labrador to Port Hope Simpson. The following morning I planned to take an additional hour long ferry from Port Hope Simpson to William's Harbour, but due to a snowstorm I was delayed in Port Hope Simpson hotel an additional day. I used my own vehicle as a means of travel. I stayed with George and Louise Russell for the nearly four days I spent in town, they were very hospitable and I could not have asked for better treatment. I traveled throughout the town taking pictures and recording interviews over two and half days. Eight people were interviewed. I spent my final evening in William's Harbour writing my feature and took the ferry back to Port Hope Simpson the following afternoon, on what would be that ferry's second last trip to William's Harbour.

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