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The Coast is finalist for two Atlantic Journalism Awards

King's journalism students and Tim Bousquet named.


Journalism awards are curious things. On the one hand, journalists tend to develop ADHD in their constant search for the next story, so it’s good for the profession to look back and reflect on what makes excellent work. On the other: Who knew a bunch of navel-gazers could get even more self-absorbed? Journalists usually go back and forth on this issue, depending on how each year’s award nominations shake down.

The Atlantic Journalism Awards just brought out their nominations for stories published in 2011, and with The Coast nominated for two awards, I’m thrilled to find myself firmly in the good-for-the-profession camp. On April 14, 2011 we published “Manufactured slum,” a feature written by the King’s College investigative journalism workshop as part of an analysis of the Halifax police. The print story and the associated maps and stories online at have been nominated for a Best Multimedia Feature award.

Our other nominee is “Peter Kelly’s failure of will,” by news editor Tim Bousquet. Published March 24, 2011, the story brought the first public attention to the mayor’s unsatisfactory performance as executor of Mary Thibeault’s estate. The article is up for an AJA for Enterprise Reporting, although win or lose, its real legacy is the deeper investigation it led Bousquet on, which resulted in this February’s explosive follow-up report that the Thibeault will hasn’t been settled yet because the mayor hasn’t paid back money he removed from the estate. Six days after that story came out, Kelly announced he will not be running for re-election this year.

For his part, Bousquet is watching for activity on the Tibeault file---as of this writing it has been seven years, three months and 28 days since Mary Thibeault died, and still her heirs have not been paid their inheritance. But he has already found his next story, too. “From Nova Scotia with love” is about jobs leaving Dartmouth for the US, even though the company involved has been supported with Canadian government funding. You can read it on page here.

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