AJAs 2018 Finalists


Date Aired or Published 13-03-18
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC
Name of Program: The Doc Project
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Location: National
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Running time (TV/Radio): 24:14 (27:40 with intro)

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

I first noticed the story of Machelle Hubley's reunion with her family in the King's County Advertiser in 2016. On its face, it was an amazing story; decades after having been made a ward of the court as an infant, Machelle was reunited with family members who had been living just a short distance away, thanks to a chance encounter in a New Minas bakery. But when I followed up with the family a year after the initial reunion, I realized the story was more complicated than it appeared. Over the course of several months, I interviewed Machelle's sisters and tracked down a foster sibling, as well as speaking with Machelle's mother, to form a full picture of the reunion and what it meant for this family, working with The Doc Project to complete the story. The attached MP3 is the full doc, while the version accessible via the link is the same audio, plus the doc project introduction.

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

I completed this documentary through a Doc Project mentorship, which meant I was given two weeks in total (spread out over several months) to gather tape and conduct interviews, as well as write, edit and mix the piece, plus an accompanying web story. Throughout this process, I was mentored by Doc Project documentary editor Alison Cook.

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