AJAs 2018 Finalists


Slug/Label Terry Stole the Beer
Date Aired or Published February 27 2018
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC Nova Scotia
Name of Program: CBC Nova Scotia News (supper hour newscast)
If co-produced, list partner:
Location: Sydney
List awards, grants:
Running time (TV/Radio): 05:35

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Tom Murphy writes: The story was conceived after I saw the Facebook post about a guy who was robbed of his two-four. I laughed and then didn't give it another thought until I came across a YouTube video of Pretty Archie's song about the ordeal. I thought the song would be perfect thread through a piece, so I started to think about what kind of story I might be able to tell. The whole theft of the beer was a lie. It was eventually exposed and reported on my the local media. but still the story persisted as though it was true! The myth about how Terry stole the beer then became the perfect vehicle to tell the story about how even the most powerful person in the world can tell a lie and why so many will still believe it to be true even after it has been dispelled. I tracked down the band. They were willing to play along. I found an expert in the telling of lies. Then, I story-boarded the way the piece would go together in my mind using the song as the thread. I had to know at the time of shooting exactly how the shots would go together to make it work in the end. Part of the challenge was that it is a story about something that didn't happen, so there are no pictures! I had to come up with a way to make the story visual. So, it became a travelogue.

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

Tom Murphy and camera operator Steve Lawrence were in Sydney to host a healthcare public form one night in January. So that day, we squeezed in the shoot about the not-so stolen beer. There was no producer. No extra money. And we had to get it done before the weather turned! Steve Lawrence then spent parts of three days editing the story back in Halifax.

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