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2013 Atlantic Journalism Awards Finalists


Date Aired or Published April 20, 2013
Media outlet where first aired or published: Herald Magazine (The Chronicle Herald)
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Location: Halifax
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

The grim state of the rural Nova Scotian economy is leading to an exodus by able-bodied Bluenose men and women to greener pastures in the west. But many spouses and children are chosing to stay home while the breadwinner works a grinding three-weeks-on one-week-off routine far from Nova Scotia. That's causing immense pressures at home. Herald Magazine decided to tell the story of these fractured families--and the hard lives of those left behind--through a single household. We embedded a writer and photographer with the Gnatiuk-Sibley family in Sydney River for an entire week. They watched their ordinary routines--observing the sweet and painful everyday moments of a family and household in which the clock is always ticking. They were there as the tension over John Gnatiuk's departure built--and to observe the aftermath when he was gone. The end result is an important piece of magazine journalism

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

One writer and one photographer spent an entire week embedded in the Gnatiuk-Sibley homestead. It was a major committment of time, manpower and money for Herald Magazine. We think it was worth it.

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