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AJAs 2016 Finalists

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Date Aired or Published July 2020
Media outlet where first aired or published: Halifax Magazine
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Each year, to correspond with Pride month, Halifax Magazine publishes an article that aims to explain a Pride-related topic to a broad audience, introducing them to oft-ignore communities. This year, we wanted to explore the intersection of queerness and First Nations culture, creating a space where two-spirited people could share their journeys. Both Queer and First Nations are (quite understandably) mistrustful of mainstream media. For Ameeta Vohra, the biggest challenge was simply building relationships with sources, earning the trust to tell their stories. She did this with persistence, patience, and compassion, producing a sensitive, thoughtful, and educational feature, that opened many readers' eyes to a world they didn't know existed.

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

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Halifax Magazine's advertising revenues abruptly evaporated, making the print edition economically unsustainable. With an engaged and eager readership, we committed to continue publishing online, despite deep cuts in editorial budgets and staffing. To maximize a tight freelance budget, editor Trevor J. Adams has built a mutually beneficial relationship with a few key and dependable freelancers for ongoing contributions (Ameeta Vohra being foremost among them).

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