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2013 Atlantic Journalism Awards Finalists


Slug/Label Media targeted
Date Aired or Published 10/19/2013
Media outlet where first aired or published: Global New Brunswick
Name of Program: Evening News
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Location: Rexton
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Running time (TV/Radio): 2:10

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Two days after the anti-shale gas protests erupted on October 17, Global's Laura Brown returned to Route 116 to follow-up on the aftermath of the protest and to talk to protesters to see how they were doing. Luckily Brown as always had a "shoot it now, decide later what to do with it" mentality. Her ability to keep rolling when the story turned on her made for a story that was picked up nationally that evening. Very quickly what should have been a simple follow-up escalated as the media became the target of six shale gas protesters shouting threats and profanities at them. Protesters threatened Brown and fellow reporters, told them to get out of their vehicles and aggressively told them to leave the property without their equipment. Brown's camera gear and car were seized by protesters, only to be returned by the police later. And all the while she kept the tweets coming and camera rolling providing the basis for an alternative take on a national story. The live report aired on Global's Evening News.

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

This report involved 1 reporter with support from the newsroom and 1 day.

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