Dalton Camp Award Winning Essays

2018 Winners

Taeja LiuWINNER - Brad Stollery is a federal public servant by day and a blogger by night. Brad grew up in central Alberta, but now lives in Ottawa. He has a Master’s degree in Political Science from Carleton University.

Canada’s Digital Divide: Preserving Indigenous Communities Means Bringing Them Online

Brooks DecilliaBest Essay by a Post-Secondary Student - Georgina Beaty is a writer, actor and artistic co-producer of Architect Theatre. She has worked at theatres across Canada and is currently completing a short-fiction collection for a MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Her solo show Extremophiles is touring this spring.

Fighter Jets! Eclipse! What I Ate for Breakfast! – A Defence of the Unspectacular

The Dalton Camp Award goes to the winner or winners of an essay competition on the link between democracy and the media in Canada. In 2018, there was one Award, open to all eligible entrants, consisting of a prize of $10,000, as well as a bronze cast medal by the late Canadian sculptress Dora de Pédèry-Hunt. In addition, a second Award consisting of a prize of $2,500 was awarded, at the Selection Committee’s discretion, to the best essay by an entrant who is or was during the calendar year of the Award a student at a recognized post-secondary institution.

2017 Winners

Taeja LiuWINNER - Taeja Liu is a writer and world traveller nearly finished her gap year. She likes to eat strawberry cheesecake and perfect her Instagram aesthetic. She will soon be in Vancouver studying Health Science at Langara (and hopefully building a future in which she adopts her own cat).

The Impact of Watching Orphan Black

Brooks DecilliaBest Essay by a Post-Secondary Student - Brooks Decillia is a longtime journalist and public broadcaster. He was a national reporter for CBC News for a decade. Brooks also served as executive producer at CBC News (radio, TV and online) in Calgary. He is currently a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics.

In Defense of CBC

2016 Winners

Randy MorseWINNER - Kim Echlin is a writer, journalist and teacher whose work reflects her commitment to human rights and power of the media. Her books include Under the Visible Life, Elephant Winter, Dagmar's Daughter, Inanna, and The Disappeared which was translated into 17 languages.

I Want to be Part of the Conversation

Whitney LightBest Essay by a Post-Secondary Student - Amanda Oye is a PhD student in the Communication and Culture Department at York University. She has a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Her research interests include: broadcast policy, public service broadcasting and journalism.

Funeral For a Friend: A Eulogy for the Late Richmond Review

2015 Winner

Randy MorseWINNER - Spencer Keys completed a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of British Columbia, where he is currently pursuing a law degree. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the UBC International Law Journal but still harbours dreams of writing for television.

The Freedom to Jest: Protecting our Democratic Right to Parody and Satire

2014 Winners

Randy MorseWINNER - Randy Morse is a political scientist, editor, artist, musician, and author of six books. He is the founder of several book publishing houses and a web-based publishing pioneer. He currently heads the Kaslo institute, an innovative rural-based think tank. He lives in Kaslo, BC, one of Canada’s quirkiest communities.

Small Towns, Big Media? Toward a Democratic, Professionally-Supported Media Renaissance in Rural Canada

Whitney LightBest Essay by a Post-Secondary Student - Whitney Light is a writer and photographer from Winnipeg. Recently she completed a Master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School. She currently works as a journalist in Yangon, Myanmar. In her spare time, she is learning to play the guitar.

Unknown Unknowns: Reporting and Repression in The Information Age

In 2013, the deadline for essay submission was changed from March to November. The Award from that year was announced in March 2014.

2012 Winner & Finalists

Regan BurlesWINNER - Regan Burles completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History at the University of Ottawa in 2011. He will commence a Master of Arts program in Political Science at the University of Victoria in September 2012.

"Filter Bubbles": Public discourse in an age of citizen

Mark BristerFINALIST - Mark Brister is a freelance writer and graduate student at the University of Guelph.

The media narcissus, warring gladiators, and the carnival mirror


The 2012 DALTON CAMP AWARD was presented in association with the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the The Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, Ontario on May 31, 2012.

2011 Winner & Finalists

Nancy BlackWINNER - Nancy Black is a freelance writer and participant in the Royal Roads Masters of Professional Communication program. Nancy enjoys the many privileges of living in Calgary, Alberta but never takes them for granted.

Dismantling the Scarecrow: An Exploration Into Calgary’s Cultural Coming of Age

Joshua NobleFINALIST - Joshua Noble completed his Bachelors degree in Psychology at The King's University College in 2010. He is a recent recipient of both the Academic Silver Medal and SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship. He plans to begin working on his Masters of Communication at Simon Fraser University this autumn.

WikiLeaks, Canadian Media and Democracy: Media with a Face

Megan Cecile RadfordFINALIST - Megan Cécile Radford is a 2011 graduate of the Master of Arts in Journalism program at the University of Western Ontario and has a Bachelor in Social Justice and Peace from The King's University College. She grew up in Canada and Senegal and hopes to become a foreign correspondent.

How Canadian Newspaperwomen Won the Vote

Presentation of the 2011 DALTON CAMP AWARD Congress 2011 Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences Beaverbrook Art Gallery Fredericton, New Brunswick June 2, 2011

2010 Winners

Ethan RabidouxETHAN RABIDOUX - Stratford, Ontario native Ethan Rabidoux is a graduate of Political Studies from Queen's University and Journalism from the University of Western Ontario. He is a former debt collector, sailor and student leader turned radio journalist for 1240 CJCS in his hometown. More information can be found at his website www.ethanrabidoux.com.

Street Gospels: Political cartoons and their role in canadian democracy

Rosalyn YakeROSALYN YAKE - Rosalyn Yake is a graduate of Ryerson's Journalism program, and is currently completing a Masters degree in Canadian and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. She has worked as a researcher and commentator at CBC radio in Quebec City, and is the founder of Starfish Scholarships India, a charity based in Toronto.

No news is Bad news: the 2006 norway house elections

Formal announcement and presentation: Musee des beux-arts, Montreal Quebec, Thursday, June 3, 2010.

2009 Winners

MARIAM SHEIBANIMARIAM SHEIBANI - Born and raised in Ottawa, Mariam Sheibani is a graduate of the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University. In the fall she will begin her master's degree in Legal Studies at Carleton University on a SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship.

Canadian Media: Government 'Watchdog' or 'Lapdog'?


HEATHER STILWELLHEATHER STILWELL - Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Heather Stilwell completed a double major in political science and psychology at Dalhousie University. A resident of Montreal, she is about to begin graduate studies in journalism at Concordia University.

Remixing Democratic Discourse - New Media and the End of 'Read Only'

Formal announcement and presentation: the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Thursday, May 28, 2009.

2008 Winners

MATTHIEU AIKINSMATTHIEU AIKINS is a freelance writer and photographer (www.maikins.com). While travelling in Europe, Matthieu learned that his essay won the 2008 Dalton Camp Award.
He is a graduate of Queen's University.

Democratic values and the institutions that nurture them
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FRASER MACLEANFRASER MACLEAN is a graduate of the Art Institute of Vancouver (Recording Arts) and currently is a student at the University College of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford. A passion for travel has led him across Canada, and to New York, Chicago, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia and Scotland.

Magic Mirror: YouTube and its Implications for Democracy
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Formal announcement and presentation: the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Thursday, June 5, 2008.

2007 Winners

Gareth LewisGARETH LEWIS is a recent university graduate from UBC. His passion for politics has led him to conferences at West Point USMA to NATO simulations in Washington DC. He is also an avid filmmaker, backcountry snowboarder and begins work with the international brewery InBev in August 2007 in Belgium.

Blogging Democracy: The contribution of political blogs to democracy
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Audrea LimAUDREA LIM is currently a Masters student in philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York and a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she completed a B.Sc. in physics and philosophy. She grew up in Calgary and has also lived in Taipei.

'For' and 'Against' Hérouxville: Democracy and the Question of Media Responsibility
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Formal announcement and presentation: the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Thursday, May 31, 2007.

2006 Winners

GoodwillJOE GOODWILL is a full-time writer, researcher and parent, and is also working on a Masters thesis in English Literature and Gender Studies. Born and raised in South Africa, Joe has lived for the past eight years in East Vancouver with three young daughters, two of whom were adopted in South Africa.

I've Looked at Life from Both Sides Now: The Media in Democracies and Dictatorships
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Jocelyn Gerke JOCELYN GERKE placed on the Canadian Young Historians' National Award Honour Roll in 2003 for an essay on Canadian history. In the autumn of 2006 she will attend the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business combined with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations.

The Spirit of Democracy
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Formal announcement and presentation: the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Thursday, June 1, 2006.

2005 Winners

KURT PEACOCK is a researcher and historian living in Saint John, New Brunswick. He has previously written for the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the Telegraph Journal. He is currently working with Vibrant Communities Saint John, a community initiative designed to reduce poverty in Canada's oldest incorporated city.

Dalton Camp would never have written like this: The Decline of National Reporting in Canada
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MEGAN WENNBERG is a freelance writer, photographer and filmmaker living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Megan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University, and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King's College. Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, she has lived and worked across Canada.

Judging democracy by its weakest link: when here becomes their
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Formal announcement and presentation: Banff World Television Festival, Monday, June 13, 2005.

2004 Winners

DANIELLE DEVEREAUX is a writer and a graduate student in Women's Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has a strong interest in media education and is currently writing curricular guides for the Media Education Foundation, Northampton, Massachusetts. She lives in St. John's.

Democracy as dialogue: how the media influence Canadian democracy
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CAREESA GEE is completing a Masters degree in International Affairs at Carleton University, where she also earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism. Her studies have included the role of the media in foreign policy. She has worked both for the print media and the Canadian government.

Uneasy Coexistence - Maintaining media freedom within the state security paradigm
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MYLES LESLIE graduated from the Masters of Journalism program at the University of British Columbia in May 2004. He has worked as a reporter, writer, and editor for CBC National Radio, and has freelanced in the Vancouver press. He travelled to Hong Kong on a Canadian Association of Journalists' student research fellowship in early 2004.

The King of Comedy: Reformatting Journalism to Rescue Democracy
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A formal announcement and presentation took place at the Banff Television Festival Monday, June 14, 2004.

2003 Winners

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.

Context and Ideology in the Canadian Media
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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.

Mourning Strangers: The Impact of Emotional Reporting on Public Discourse
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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.

EBITDA-mocracy: How Canada's changing media threatens democracy
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A formal announcement and presentation took place at the Banff Television Festival June 9, 2003.

  • Banff Television Festival 2003 Award Presentation booklet: PDF (430KB)