AJAs 2018 Finalists


Slug/Label Steve Silva's Show of Work
Date Aired or Published See below
Media outlet where first aired or published: Global News
Name of Program: Global News at 6
If co-produced, list partner:
Location: Halifax and other Nova Scotia communities
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Running time (TV/Radio): 4:34

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Steve Silva was a digital broadcast journalist (AKA a video journalist) for Global News in Halifax between 2015 and 2018. He shot and edited everything in his show of work. Feb. 3, 2018: The first story is about a baseball team about to travel to Cuba for a special competition. I shot this story in one day during a weekend. I drove a little more than an hour away. It was fairly easy to shoot, but the day was a bit of a challenge because I was the only broadcast journalist in the newsroom, as is normal on weekends. I was responsible for writing, shooting, and editing all content related to Nova Scotia for the newscast, and keeping an eye on everything else newsworthy happening in the province. I also had to write the related web article and other content for the morning news program's hosts to read. Sept. 10, 2018: The next story is about tough year for apple growers in the province. It was a difficult story to tell because I couldn't find anyone to interview. Eventually I did find someone, but the shooting only began at 1 p.m., one hour away from the newsroom. I shot as much as I could before I rushed back to the station, wrote the related web article, which included a separate phone interview with an expert not in the TV story, then raced to write and edit my broadcast story in time for our 6 p.m. newscast. I also had to write content about the story for the morning news program's hosts to read. July 13, 2018: The last story was one of my most challenging stories to shoot. The army wanted to show off its new helicopters. We had already covered the challenges associated with the contract for them, so I mostly focused on the vehicles themselves. I literally hanged off of a helicopter with my ENG camera to get many of these shots. For other shots, I sat on a sloped floor, only secured to the helicopter by a detachable rope. Even though I was doing this all solo, I wanted to shoot a neat stand-up on the aircraft. I couldn't do this with only a traditional camera (no room for my tripod, of course), so I shot it using a GoPro camera while trying to speak loud enough to overpower the sound of the vehicle. I tried my best, but you can still hear the vibration of the helicopter impacting my voice. Editing that footage together with the separate audio, along with other GoPro shots, added a substantial amount of time to the editing process. I also had to write content about the story for the morning news program's hosts to read.

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

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