AJAs 2017 Finalists


Date Aired or Published May 17, 2017
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC Radio
Name of Program: Labrador Morning
If co-produced, list partner:
Location: Happy Valley-Goose Bay
List awards, grants:
Running time (TV/Radio): 2.5 hours

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

People in the tiny community of Mud Lake had watched the waters rise all night. Not long after midnight, they decided they couldn't wait any longer. There was only one way out: officials called military search and rescue to airlift residents to safety. The first helicopter arrived around the same time the early shift began at CBC Radio's Labrador Morning. Our staff of two tossed aside plans for the day's show and set to work covering the evacuation. We spoke to a woman in Mud Lake just before she boarded the chopper; to residents landing on the other side of the river in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, a community also threatened by flood waters. We spoke to officials to understand the evacuation plan and dispatched two reporters to the airport and to the Red Cross command centre. By the end of the broadcast at 8:30, the evacuation was complete, but residents of Mud Lake were only just beginning to understand the scale of the devastation.

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

Two show hosts initially, followed by a on-site reporter called in early, and another reporter called in shortly after that. In terms of time, about an hour before the first piece of reporting aired on the regional newscast, and slightly more before the Labrador Morning show began -- local radio broadcast/programming doesn't begin until 05:30AT.

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