The Shipwreck that changed a Life
The remarkable story of a remarkable man: Lanier Phillips. We made this doc 20 years ago - a story about growing up with fear in KKKlan-dominated Georgia, enlisting in a segregated navy, facing death in the icy North Atlantic, and a rescue which galvanised a man to fight racial discrimination for the rest of his life.
Lanier died in 2012.. Remember him this week.
Our interactive exploration of Victoria Park in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, launched today with a public ceremony in the park.
Commissioned by the Victoria Park Foundation, and produced by Chris Brookes, Rebecca Nolan and Jake Nicoll StoryWalk opens your ears to a fascinating collection of personal stories, memories and histories.
Come spelunking into the secret world of waterfalls under the street, skate the Scum Line, delve into personal WW1 wartime histories on the 100 Faces sculpture... and much more!
Free on GooglePlay and Apple's AppStore
Ships in St. John's harbour tonight saluting Covid-19 healthcare workers. Recorded from outside our studio
We had an avalanche sweep down the cliff last Friday night narrowly missing the Battery Radio studio. Studio is on the right in the photo. You're seeing the top of the second floor. Thanks to all who wrote with concern about our welfare. All hands are ok but it has been no joke. Worst snowstorm in memory.
Just outside The Narrows (studio is on cliff at left) waves looked like this:
This just in - read Jeanti St Clair's insightful take on our interactive sexual assault app. The 10,000 word article: "...explores the design choices and the aesthetic, ethical and legal challenges faced by the audio walk’s producers in applying journalistic concepts of objectivity and balance."
Check it out here: Consent: Objectivity and the Aesthetics of Re-enactment in Locative Audio Journalism about a Sexual Assault Trial
Our interactive documentary CONSENT has just been honoured with two major awards. Last Thursday it won the international Prix Marulic documentary prize in Hvar, Croatia. Judges said: "the revisiting of a brutal betrayal of trust, using innovative story-telling in combination with contemporary digital technology for the radio of the future: the one in your pocket!"
And closer to home, on the weekend it was awarded the 2019 Atlantic Journalism Award for Excellence in Digital Journalism.
CONSENT brings awareness to sexual assault issues, and is based on a criminal trial in St. John's, Newfoundland. It was created by Chris Brookes & Emily Deming, with photographs by Bojan Furst, and actors Allison Kelly, Colin Furlong, Jody Richardson, Steve O'Connell, Charles Tomlinson, Darren Ivany, Erin Mackey, and Chris Dunn. Smartphone app. Free download.
(Or... 60 minute mp3 streaming version here)
Our app about sexual assault is heading to the Prix Marulic audio festival in Hvar, Croatia next week.
We're very chuffed to find the intrepid Jeanti St. Clair in town walking our CONSENT soundwalk today - braving the usual cold & mauzy Newfoundland April weather.
Highly recommended read: her article on geo-locative audio walks in Australian Journalism Review: Stories that walk with you: opportunities in locative audio for feature journalism
Our geo-locative audio documentary CONSENT is a finalist in this year's Atlantic Journalism Awards.
CONSENT is a free smartphone app based on a 2017 sexual assault criminal trial in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, Creators Emily Deming and Chris Brookes produced it as an aid to understanding sexual assault issues. It features verbatim trial testimonies and includes interactive links to rape crisis centres, sexual assault information, and Canadian case law.
The documentary is nominated in the category of Excellence in Digital Journalism.
Award winners will be announced at the AJA awards event in Halifax on May 11th.
A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision means RNC constable Doug Snelgrove will face retrial. On Friday Canada's highest court dismissed the constable's appeal against a new trial.
The original court case is the subject of Battery Radio's CONSENT app. CONSENT places verbatim trial testimonies in a narrative framework to present the events behind the court case, and to explore wider issues of sexual assault.
A date for the re-trial has not yet been announced.