AJAs 2017 Finalists


Slug/Label Why Gord downie mattered - to me and the rest of the country
Date Aired or Published Oct. 19, 2017
Media outlet where first aired or published: Daily Gleaner
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Judges: On the day Canadians discovered Gord Downie had passed away, following his lengthy battle with brain cancer, the country began a period of mourning. As soon as the information began to spread, my editors asked me to write something about Downie - who I'd met and interviewed over the years as one of the paper's arts reporters. I put my head down and allowed the weight of the news to wash over me. Twenty minutes later, I filed my piece and it ran as part of a special package. There was a lot of feedback from readers, who felt the emotion of the piece and who wanted to share their own stories with me. Even though newspapers across the country knew Downie would eventually lose his battle with cancer, many had not pre-written his obituary, or any special remembrance. When I read this piece, I think it allowed something fresh and fully felt to flow out that morning.

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