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Slug/Label Snowmageddon
Date Aired or Published Jan. 17, 2020, Jan. 18, 2020
Media outlet where first aired or published: The Telegram
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Location: St. John's, NL
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

I was the lone reporter scheduled to work Friday evening and Saturday after the St. John’s metro area declared a state of emergency due to a record-breaking blizzard, but the blizzard also caused a series of other stories to develop. Other than publishing details about the storm and the state of emergency, I also covered two avalanches — one in The Battery and one in Sunnyside — and a man also went missing during the storm. I was quite busy keeping our website and social media feeds updated. I interviewed Premier Dwight Ball, St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen, emergency responders and people whose properties were damaged, I wrote the stories and posted them to our website. I also tweeted updates as they happened.

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

At that time, I was the evenings and Saturday reporter, and this particular Friday evening and Saturday were quite busy for me as the only person scheduled to work. In terms of resources, it was just me and my home computer.

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