AJAs 2018 Finalists


Slug/Label Garrett Barry
Date Aired or Published
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Name of Program: Here&Now;
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Location: Gander, NL
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Canoe building in Conne River - CBC N.L. Here & Now - Broadcast Sept. 24, 2018. Focus: The Miawpukek First Nation hires canoe builders each year to keep alive the art of traditional Mi’kmaq canoe building active in the community. The tradition had died off, but was resurrected when Rene Martin, a Mi'kmaq elder from Restigouche, Que, visited the First Nation 1996. This reporterless piece profiles three men who were hired in 2018. This story was shot August 16, 2018 in the Miawpukek First Nation on Newfoundland’s south coast. It was shot on a Thursday during a five-day solo visit to the Bay d’Espoir Region of the province, which includes Miawpukek and other small communities in the region. I learned of the traditional canoe building shop from Sagamaw Mi’sel Joe, Chief of the Miawpukek First Nation, during a prior interview on Monday in the community. I first approached one of the builders, Billy Joe, for an interview earlier in the week but could not arrange for an on-camera interview. I returned to the community on Thursday, and asked Chief Joe to accompany me into the canoe shop (about ten minutes inside the town’s walking trails). With his support, the canoe builders were happy to speak with me. The resulting shoot was produced into versions for TV, Web, Radio and Current Affairs. The story was the third that I produced during that visit in the Miawpukek First Nation, and the sixth that came out of the four-day visit to Bay D’Espoir. Resources used by the station for the trip included gas and accomodations for the five-day visit to Bay D’Espoir. Unifor pickets DJ Composites in Gander - CBC N.L. Here & Now - Broadcast Sept. 27, 2018 Focus: Workers at D-J Composites in Gander were facing what their union called the longest lockout in Newfoundland and Labrador history. They were locked out shortly before Christmas 2016 in a contract dispute with their employer. In September 2018, their union ramped up efforts to draw attention to the dispute, which culminated in a “shutdown” on Sept. 26 where union representatives installed fencing around the plant, and blocked access to the plant with an illegal picket line. This piece follows the daily developments on Sept. 27, when Unifor national president Jerry Dias visited locked-out workers and their supporters. This was one of several stories produced and broadcast during that week, and the ensuing months, on the contract dispute at DJ Composites in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador. It was the second of four live hits from the picket line over a week-and-a-half period. I travelled to the picket line alone each day for interviews and research, and then returned with live equipment for hits into Here & Now, the 6pm local evening newscast. I was the primary reporter for CBC Here & Now on the evolving story for the duration of the union action. There were also several stories broadcast and published online, on the radio and on current affairs shows which I assisted with tape material and transcribed quotes. The live hit was unscripted, I arrived onto the picket line about 40 minutes prior to the start of the show and adapted my proposed script to reflect what was happening on the line. The produced item included photos published online by Unifor that were used to represent what was happening in areas I could not access — mainly a neighbouring community of Grand Falls-WIndsor, more than one hour away. Family demanding answers on anniversary of Hillier-Penney disappearance - CBC N.L. Here & Now - Broadcast Dec. 3, 2018 Focus: Jennifer Hillier-Penney disappeared Dec. 1, 2016 in St. Anthony. She was last seen at the home of her estranged husband, and the RCMP considered her disappearance suspicious. Two years later, no arrest had been made, and friends and family of the woman expressed their frustrations and anger with a march through St. Anthony. The march visited the RCMP detachment and the home of her estranged husband in the community. This piece follows the marchers are they walk through town. This story was shot primarily on Saturday Dec. 1, in St. Anthony, N.L., an 8-hour drive from my bureau in Gander. I drove to St. Anthony on Friday, and returned to Gander on Sunday, each a full day of travel. The protest moved throughout St. Anthony, I followed the demonstrators on foot as they moved through the community. I was able to coordinate with colleagues to make contact with Jennifer Hillier-Penney’s family ahead of my arrival to help organize interviews following the demonstration. Resources used by the station included meals and accommodations in St. Anthony for two nights, and gas used to drive to the community. Like the majority of my trips I travelled alone into the town. I also produced versions of this story for web and radio, which were published on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2.

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