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.
Widespread protests greeted Snelgrove's acquittal in the original 2017 trial .
You can listen to that controversial trial with our 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. You can also hear the Crown and Defense summations to the jury, legal expert commentary, and find links to information about sexual assault and the law in Canada.
A free GPS-triggered documentary created to advance understanding about sexual assault issues. The app is based on a 2017 sexual assault case in St. John's, NL, using verbatim transcripts from the trial, voiced by actors. The words you hear were actually spoken in court.
Walk the route in downtown St. John's and sounds trigger where many of the events took place, or tap onscreen buttons to listen remotely.
Check out some buzz:
Our brand new interactive soundwalk, commissioned by the Town of Brigus, NL. As you stroll the streets and lanes, you'll hear the voices of residents telling you the inside stories about the town and its history.
Brigus is perfect for walkers, a beautiful small community packed full of history, quirky stories, and a famous blueberry crumble at the local cafe when you feel like a rest. When you're there, the stories whisper in your ear automatically by GPS-location as you wander around.
If you can't get there, you can touch map locations on your smartphone screen to hear the stories.