AJAs 2018 Finalists


Slug/Label Humboldt Broncos Reaction
Date Aired or Published April 10, 2018
Media outlet where first aired or published: The Northern Light
Name of Program: N/A
If co-produced, list partner: N/A
Location: Bathurst
List awards, grants: N/A
Running time (TV/Radio): N/A

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Hearing the news of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash instantly brought back memories of a similar tragedy that hit the Bathurst community about 10 years before. After recently writing about the anniversary of the local Boys in Red accident, it was obvious to the reporters that those who lived through the tragedy in Bathurst would relive that day in 2008 with news of the crash and would have words to share with the Humboldt community. Being a Saturday it was challenging to reach people but the reporters were persistent and with some effort managed to reach the key sources willing to revisit such an emotional topic, including the parent of a student who survived the Bathurst accident.

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

The story happened on a weekend, when no reporters are specifically scheduled to work in the newsroom. When the story would have been easy to push aside because of this, the three dedicated reporters worked together to compile a compelling and important story.

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