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AJAs 2020 Finalists

Féminin PluriElles


Date Aired or Published August to December 2020
Media outlet where first aired or published: Actions Femmes IPÉ
Name of Program: Féminin PluriElles
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Location: Prince Edward Island
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

I'm a freelance journalist based in Charlottetown, PEI, writing in french. I work usually for french media outlets as La Voix acadienne or Francopresse. Actions Femmes IPÉ asked me to realize a series of stories about challenges faced by francophone women on PEI. Each episode is a long form, with text, pictures and videos, written in french. Actions Femmes IPÉ is a community based organization, which decided, mid 2020, to produce this series, called "Féminin PluriElles" and they gave me totale independence to do it. I accepted this project because it is innovative, no french media outlet on the island has produced long form to my knowledge. It was the opportunity to tell in depth stories about francophone women. The project has four episodes so far (see attachments) : - The first episode was released on August 20th 2020, and is about racism on the island. - The second episode was released on October 9th 2020 and is about the 2SLGBTQ+ community. - The third was released on November 5th 2020 and is about immigration. - The fourth was released on December 11th 2020 and is about francophile women and linguistic insecurity. The main difficulty of this project was to give the women confidence to talk, especially for episodes 1 and 2. Some of them had deep and intimate wounds, which they had sometimes never mentioned before. Not being myself subjected to racism or bias, I had to withdraw as much as possible to free their voice. In order to put the issues discussed in perspective, experts and stakeholders were also interviewed. Each long form has had several hundred views (500+ for episode 1), which is a good result for stories that take 15+ minutes to read, in a minority-language setting. Radio Canada IPE talked about the project twice and I was interviewed to tell how I realized the two first episodes (on August 21st 2020, and on October 12th 2020).

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

I had approximately a month to realize each episode, but it was flexible. I used my own gear and software (as I'm a freelancer). The episodes are hosted on Adobe Spark, I used an iPhone and Adobe Premiere for the videos. And a Fuji X100F or a Sony alpha 7 III for the pictures. I've been paid 750$ per episode.

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