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2013 Atlantic Journalism Awards Finalists


Slug/Label owl man
Date Aired or Published 05/31/2013
Media outlet where first aired or published: Global Halifax
Name of Program: Evening News
If co-produced, list partner: Cory McGraw
Location: Kings County
List awards, grants:
Running time (TV/Radio): 3:03

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Natasha Pace and Cory McGraw had to hike deep into the woods for this dynamic feature on a man single-handedly trying to save the barred owls in Nova Scotia. With heavy camera gear on their shoulders, Pace and McGraw set off across some rough terrain, even climbing quite the steep hill, to get to one of the sites where the barred owls were nesting. They used a variety of techniques to capture Bernard Forsythe’s passion for preserving the barred owl population by climbing up to their nests and putting bracelets on the owls to track them. McGraw attached a go pro to a helmet that Forsythe was wearing, which they also used to get a bird’s eye view of what he was seeing. That sort of creativity allowed for the viewer to more fully comprehend the challenge of climbing up to those nests 30 feet off the ground. They also captured rare footage, which they put in slow motion, of the mother owl attacking Forsythe to protect her babies. This was an original story that was uplifting and compelling as well as informational and timely. Pace and McGraw has to seize the opportunity as there is only one weekend per year when the banding can take place. And more, they took time to get to know Forsythe and his family so that he was comfortable with them and it shows in their on camera interview with him.

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

This report required 1 reporter and 1 camera person and was allowed 2 days to be completed.

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