AJAs 2017 Finalists


Slug/Label Murder in Alberta
Date Aired or Published October 24 - 27
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC NB
Name of Program: CBC News New Brunswick/ Online
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Location: Saint John
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Rumours began circulating in Saint John October 23 that a Saint John firefighter had died in Alberta over the weekend. CBC reporters Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon and Rachel Cave were assigned to the story and soon began unravelling details of what turned out to be the brutal murder of Saint John dentist Cindy McCormick at the hands of her partner, Saint John firefighter Robert Kaine who had then killed himself. McCormick had been attending a dental conference in Alberta and police there were offering few details other than that an unidentified woman had been found dead in a Lake Louise hotel room. Working to deadline MacKinnon and Cave located and spoke with friends, coworkers and authorities on and off the record in New Brunswick and Alberta to piece together what happened. On the phone, online and in personal visits they broke and reported much of the the story on day 1 and over the next three days managed to fill in missing pieces, ultimately providing readers a complete report on what happened in Alberta and how that was reverberating through the community back in New Brunswick.

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

The crime scene in Alberta and the affected communnity in New Brunswick made coverage a challenge. Two reporters were initially assigned to the story on day one with MacKinnon chasing information in Alberta and Cave separately pursuing leads in Saint John. MacKinnon alone stayed with the story for three more days filling in missing elements and documenting the impact McCormick's murder was having back home. Minimal overtime was involved for either reporter.

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