Sponsored by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, The Dalton Camp Award is named in honour of distinguished political commentator Dalton Camp. The essay contest asked Canadians to comment on the link between the media and democracy.
The first three winners were announced today. They are Jean Coléno, Leslie Vryenhoek and Russell Wangersky.
JEAN COLÉNO, originally from Montreal, is a graduate student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto where his research focuses on political theory and media studies.
LESLIE VRYENHOEK is a writer and communications professional in Winnipeg. She has worked in public relations and media relations for several non-profit organizations, including the Canadian Red Cross.
RUSSELL WANGERSKY is editor of the St. John's Telegram and also a columnist and freelance magazine writer. His columns have appeared in the Edmonton Journal, the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen and the Vancouver Province. BBC Wildlife Magazine, Canadian Geographic, Maclean's and Time have published his articles. He is the 2003 editorial winner in the Canadian Newspaper Awards.
The formal award presentation will take place on Monday, June 9th at the Banff Television Festival. Each Award consists of a cash prize of $5,000 as well as a bronze cast medal by Canadian sculptress Dora De Pédèry-Hunt. Details of the Dalton Camp Award and the winning essays are posted to www.friendscb.ca.
"We are delighted with the calibre of these Award winning essays. Each article captures, in elegant fashion, a different aspect of the vital link between the health of Canada's democracy and the workings of the media," said Friends' spokesperson Ian Morrison.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is a Canada-wide watchdog organization supported by 60,000 households whose mission is to defend and enhance the quality and quantity of Canadian programming in the Canadian audio-visual system.
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View the 2003 winners page
View the Dalton Camp Award medal page
View the Banff Television Festival Presentation Booklet (PDF 430KB)
View the Dalton Camp video (QuickTime 36MB)