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Putting people before politics in Brexit trade coverage

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Fisherman Abdou Diame works on a Boulogne sur Mer-based trawler in northern France, Dec. 10, 2020. – AP Photo / Michel Spingler

The Paris team of video journalist Alex Turnbull, senior producer Jeff Schaeffer and photographer Thibault Camus, joined by Lille photo stringer Michel Spingler, delivered a unique story on the people directly affected by the high-stakes trade talks reaching a crescendo in Brussels.

While competitive news organizations focused on the post-Brexit political wrangling,AP took an exclusive look at struggling French fishing crews and overwhelmed British truck drivers stuck in traffic jams at the English Channel. Thanks to years of source building in the region,the journalists were able to identify subjects that provided strong visuals, capturing the attention of AP clients and the public.

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