AJAs 2018 Finalists


Slug/Label Stephen Miller's journey
Date Aired or Published April 15, 2018
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Name of Program: Atlantic Voice
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Location: St. John's,, NL
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Running time (TV/Radio): 26:18

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

In order to capture Stephen Miller’s journey through addiction, recovery and grief, Caroline followed Stephen for about 8 months, collecting dozens of scenes and interviews. While getting to know Stephen, he revealed he wrote a series of novels in prison loosely based on his own life. Caroline read through piles of these handwritten journals from jail and asked Stephen to record passages in a radio studio. Weaving these into the documentary was a creative way to reveal more of the characters in the story. Initially hesitant because of concerns about his future career, Stephen decided sharing his story - criminal record and all - would help others. And it did. After the story aired, hundreds reached out to Stephen, organizations asked him to speak publically and he wrote an essay about addiction in a recently published book by Breakwater Books. While collecting for this documentary and reading Stephen’s journals, Caroline usually worked in her daily job. When she couldn’t be there for Stephen’s last dose of methadone (in his hometown), she instructed Stephen to keep an audio journal, some of which was mixed into the doc. Caroline had about 5 days of backfill off her regular job to write and mix the doc.

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