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2013 Atlantic Journalism Awards Finalists


Slug/Label Capsized Fishing Boat
Date Aired or Published Feb. 18-23, 2013
Media outlet where first aired or published: Various outlets in Atlantic Canada
Name of Program: Capsized Fishing Boat
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Location: Nova Scotia
List awards, grants: None
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

When a fishing boat with five men aboard capsized off Nova Scotia's south coast in February, getting information from the authorities on the search was difficult. At first, military sources wouldn’t even confirm a search was underway. Getting this story started was down to persistence as reporters began calling a variety of sources and pressured the Defence Department to tell the public what they knew. This team entry consists of CP’s coverage from the time the authorities confirmed a report of a capsized fishing boat to the aftermath in the community of Woods Harbour when the military found the boat and determined no bodies were on the vessel. For the sake of brevity, I have tried to limit the number of stories that have been entered. From the first day of our coverage, I have included the way the story was built as the news broke, from the start to finish on Day One. From the days that followed, I have included stories that reflect significant developments and the final version of the story from that particular day. Alison Auld and then Michael Tutton worked in Woods Harbour for days, telling stories of hope, then grief, as it became clear that the men would not survive the North Atlantic's harsh conditions. In Halifax, Michael MacDonald worked his contacts to find out the latest about the military's search efforts as well as those by other fishermen. This was a challenging assignment. Both the military and the RCMP offered very little information about their operations. The RCMP and the military were also under considerable pressure in the community, and that is reflected in our stories. We devoted all of our resources in the Halifax bureau to coverage of this story at different times. Although Auld, MacDonald and Tutton were the lead reporters, coverage of this story also included work by Melanie Patten, Aly Thomson and Keith Doucette as we tracked developments from early in the morning until late at night through various shifts worked by different reporters.

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