AJAs 2017 Finalists

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Slug/Label Outage creates havoc across region
Date Aired or Published Aug. 5, 2017
Media outlet where first aired or published: Telegraph-Journal
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

The Telegraph-Journal newsroom lost Internet at 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 4, 2017, simultaneously giving us the news story of the day and grinding our ability to produce that news to a halt. While the newsroom looked blankly at their cellphones wondering what was happening, I used an old phonebook to find the number for the local Bell Aliant office. I had the outage news within minutes, and before the event was punted over to national Bell communications. With the aid of another reporter’s Rogers cellphone as a hotspot, we had our story up within 20 minutes. We didn’t stop for the rest of the day. Over the next six hours I posted more than 20 updates working with eight other reporters from across the province -- about 20 per cent of our staff across the chain. We called everyone. Behind the scenes, IT had to work around us having no internet.

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