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2013 Atlantic Journalism Awards Finalists


Date Aired or Published Oct 9, 2013
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC Moncton
Name of Program: Information Morning
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Location: Moncton
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Running time (TV/Radio): 7:38

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Every town has a handful of people who hunt for recyclables. Moncton has an armful. Over the past couple years, collecting has become a full-time job for dozens of Monctoners. Bottles and cans left out for pick-up around town are gone without a trace before sunrise and redemption centres are working overtime to keep up. They come from all walks of life, whether homeless or selfless, and have taken to recyclables as a means of helping themselves and others through hard times. This story captures the heart of three “pickers” and gives the listener a chance to appreciate what it’s like to thrive on what others throw away. This story's ultimate goal is to inspire respect – not pity. It showcases the wit and value in each individual and through their stories you get the sense that these are not just people who are down on their luck and forced to collect bottles. These people are happy, full of hope and love and of course the will to survive. Over the course of a year I'd take notice of the number of people collecting bottles at night. I got a good sense of where to find them and when. So I spent several nights out combing the streets for them, to catch them on the job if you will.

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

I used a Marantz recording device in the field and I edited/mixed using CBC's Dalet editing software. All told it took about 40 hours to complete the story.

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