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2013 Atlantic Journalism Awards Finalists


Slug/Label Snake put down
Date Aired or Published 08/06/2013
Media outlet where first aired or published: Global New Brunswick
Name of Program: Evening News
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Location: Campbellton
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Running time (TV/Radio): 3:26

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

In the span of about a minute Laura Brown saw a tweet, grabbed her camera equipment and hit the road. Brown covered what can only be described as one of the year's biggest tragedies, when two young boys aged four and six were strangled by an African rock python that escaped from an exotic reptile store in Campbellton, NB. Brown found the snake owner's number on his Facebook site and sent it to the Global newsroom, where Global ended up having the only interview with Jean-Claude Savoie, the owner of the snake that killed the two boys. Because of this interview, Global was the first outlet to start putting the pieces together in this unfathomable story. The report was an all around team effort. Brown then contacted the RCMP and literally met them on the side of the road between Bathurst and Campbellton, where she filmed the interview on her iPhone. She was live on the scene with footage of the contents of the apartment being retrieved by police. She was able to speak with neighbours, relatives and the RCMP, to get the inside story from a community still entirely in shock. And most importantly, she handled the story with accuracy and sensitivity, making corrections to other media reports where necessary, such as the age of the boys.

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

This report involved 1 main reporter with assistance from the newsroom and camera persons and was completed in 1 day.

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