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2013 Atlantic Journalism Awards Finalists


Slug/Label Sarah Trainor/Saint John Newscast
Date Aired or Published November 14, 2013
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC Saint John
Name of Program: Information Morning Saint John
If co-produced, list partner: N/A
Location: Saint John
List awards, grants: N/A
Running time (TV/Radio): 7:11

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

The 7:30 newscast on November 14 features a line-up of topical stories that were felt by the entire city. Sarah Trainor leads the cast with a top story in the province – the long-awaited second degree murder charge in the Richard Oland homicide. Reporter Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon provides a detailed recap of Dennis Oland’s court appearance in a case that has captivated the province. The newscast also offers survival information stemming from an overnight water main break in Saint John; an enterprise report on a settled dispute between the city and its heritage planner; and continuing coverage of the court battle over an estate left to an American white supremacist group. And, to round it out, Sarah includes stories of provincial and national interest: Canada’s disaster assistance response in the Philippines, and political reaction to revelations of a secret subsidy granted by the city of Moncton to an Irving company – Saint John’s first family of business.

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

Sarah Trainor is part of a three-person morning team, made up of host, technician/director and news anchor. Sarah chases, compiles, writes/rewrites and edits the morning newscasts on her own, with supplemental material provided by daytime reporters, and news anchors in neighbouring communities. Sarah's main challenges related to this entry involve pressures with time and resources - particularly with respect to the water main break and boil order, which required an additional chase for the latest information.

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