AJAs 2018 Finalists


Date Aired or Published March 5, 2018
Media outlet where first aired or published: Times & Transcript
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

The story by reporter Michelle Bartleman is part of ongoing coverage of immigration issues in Atlantic Canada, and focuses on the journey of a local professional ballet company. The company, faced with the challenge of recruiting professional dancers, learned to navigate the immigration system on behalf of its recruits. The page design by page assembler Sonja Schrick is intended to emphasize the unity of the group of eight dancers despite their origins in eight different countries. On the cover, the dancers jump in unison, while the cropped shape behind them evokes an open passport (the passport image is also included in the accompanying widget, “Eye on Immigration”). Throughout the display inside, the use of close-crops reaching beyond the margins of the page or bounding box gives each dancer a dramatic profile and individuality, but it’s also a visual representation of the courage it takes to move to a brand-new city and country, and the potential for a newcomer to feel alone. The graphic challenge was to use each dancer’s image in their own factbox (with contrasting shades of colour), while keeping the content clear and avoiding the images from overlapping. The page assembler was herself a newcomer to Canada several years ago, so this story layout was very special and resonant for her.

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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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