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AJAs 2016 Finalists


Date Aired or Published May 22/Nov. 25
Media outlet where first aired or published: Saltwire.com/Chronicle Herald
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

I have known Amy Woolvett, the mother interviewed in this story for a long time. Amy was once a former journalist in our newsroom. There were many times over the years that she would have to be away for work for Ava's medical appointments, or leave suddenly when Ava had seizures. I had been following her family's journey to find a diagnosis for Ava and felt such a sense of relief for the family in April when they finally found what they had been searching for for 11 years – a diagnosis. I immediately knew I wanted to tell and share this story, especially for the other families out there searching for their own answers. Don't give up.

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

At the time I wrote this story I was the only person still employed from our Tri-County Vanguard newsroom, covering all of southwestern NS on my own. All of the other reporters in our newsroom had been laid off due to COVID and the printing of the Vanguard had been suspended for seven months so I was writing for Saltwire.com and the Chronicle, in which this story both appeared. When the Vanguard returned we ran it there as well. I had no budget. I was working from home. What made that time so difficult in reporting is you honestly didn't know what was going to become of your job or your paper. It really weighed heavy.

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