AJAs 2018 Finalists


Slug/Label CNA_Journalism_2018_Best Student Journalism Nomination_Waste Age
Date Aired or Published June 12-13, 2018
Media outlet where first aired or published: Kicker
Name of Program: Journalism
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Location: St. John's, N.L.
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

This series on food wastage in Newfoundland and Labrador was the CNA Journalism Class of 2018's capstone project. The instructor came up with the idea of examining the problem of food wastage locally. The students produced 11 multi-platform pieces in May-June 2018, and the project culminated with a public forum that was broadcast live on Rogers TV - giving the community a chance to examine the problem and possible solutions. The students looked at the issues from several perspectives - the economic, social and environmental costs; the consumer, distribution, storage, retail and consumer sources of food wastage; the political and community responses to the problem. Each student had to write a text article, shoot a video, take photos and produce a graphic for the project - in addition to playing a role in co-producing the public forum with Rogers. We've chosen three of the 11 pieces that were produced in 2018. In her article "Hunger, Waste and Poverty," Jessie Dobbin puts a human face on the story. She examines food wastage in the context of so many local people having to avail of food banks. She also examines the province's Donation of Food Act, providing valuable information to institutions who might be reluctant to donate some foods to food banks for fear of liability. In "Serving Up Waste," Arthur C. Green literally digs into wastage at the retail and restaurant level by rummaging through dumpsters and finding food that was thrown out before its best-before dates. The piece also examines the challenges facing retailers and restauranteurs. In “St. John's seeks solutions,” Emily Lyver examines why St. John's does not have a large-scale composting operation like other Atlantic Canadian cities such as Halifax and Moncton. The piece sheds light on the city's proposed carbon capture program, its advantages and its disadvantages. Each of the submissions are multi-platform submissions. Here are links to each of the three videos associated with these submissions: Hunger Waste and Poverty: https://youtu.be/EIO8Az1mYQA Serving Up Waste: https://youtu.be/vGwKE-NsmN8 Large-scale composting key to reducing organic Waste: https://youtu.be/0VyYv4nal0E For the entire Waste Age series, please visit http://kicker.cna-nl.com/snowball/waste-age-squandering-food/

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The Waste Age project began on May 8 and culminated with a public forum televised on Rogers TV on June 13. The students worked a minimum of 18 hours per week on the project. They co-produced the live forum with Rogers, which provided technical and production assistance. The Rogers co-production was a huge undertaking it itself. The students wrote, shot and edited video stories for the production; researched and lined up live guests for the show’s panel discussions; wrote continuity for the program; interviewed guests, hosted and gave debriefs; and operated live cameras during the live broadcast.

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