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AJAs 2020 Finalists


'It Should Not Define Us'


 

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Date Aired or Published June, 2020
Media outlet where first aired or published: Maclean's Magazine
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

After the attack in Portapique, Maclean's Magazine approached me to write a feature for their June issue that would go beyond the news updates and give a sense of what life was like in the community, and how the people still there are trying to both grieve and move on. I traveled to the community, spending time with people on the scene at memorials, and meeting with the family of victims. I wanted to relate this tragedy to others in Canadian history, and show the road ahead for the community of Portapique.

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

As a freelance writer, I did not have access to specific newsroom resources, outside of general editing and roughly a week to write the story. The magazine also hired a freelance photographer to take photos.

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