AJAs 2018 Finalists


Date Aired or Published Nov. 17, 2018
Media outlet where first aired or published: Telegraph-Journal
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

This story, written by freelancer David Goss, details the first impressions of visitors to Saint John, N.B., from the very beginning of European settlement in the area through the centuries since. The motif of the postcard was chosen to illustrate the story, and page assembler Sonja Schrick used corresponding “old-style postcard” borders to frame the postcards, which are spread across the pages as they might be if someone had arranged them on a table to make a travel scrapbook. The centre spread as a whole is also intended to mimic a postcard, with the headline flowing into a stamp and cancellation mark in the upper right. The cover, meanwhile, evokes the passage of time, with the older postcard images at the top giving way to softened images of cruise ships -- now a major source of tourists for the city. This, along with the use of the lighthouse below the fold to frame the headline, reinforces this “Port City” element, and reminds the reader that in both the past and present, many visitors’ first impressions of Saint John are from the harbour waters. The reader is subtly brought back to the present, as well, through the photo of the modern city skyline placed on the top of the bundle of postcards on the bottom left of the cover, just below the city’s logo: an explorer plying the high seas.

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The graphic design of these pages was completed throughout the usual workweek by one of the company's full-time page assemblers.

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