Toronto (March 28, 2014) – Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has announced the 2014 winner of The Dalton Camp Award today.
Randy Morse of Kaslo, British Columbia has won the $10,000 first prize in this year’s Dalton Camp Award for his essay on the dearth of news media in small town Canada and what can be done about it.
Morse foresees a future for Kaslo – a village of 1000 people with no newspaper, radio or TV outlet - as a “bastion of community-owned and operated media” made possible on the strength of advice and support from media saavy mentors delivered over high-bandwidth connections to the Internet.
“It’s sort of like an adopt-a-community-and-help-turn-it-into-a-functioning-media-hub for fed-up media types, ” writes Morse. Noting that Kaslo has had little difficulty in recruiting media mentors, Morse’s submission concludes: “perhaps Kaslo can lead the way to a new kind of media” to create “a movement spreading from currently media-poor peripheries to (vacuously) media saturated centres, resulting in a better informed, more aware population. Big ideas sometimes come in small packages.”
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.
In the category of best essay by a post-secondary student with a prize of $2,500 the award goes to Whitney Light of Winnipeg, Manitoba for her essay on overt and subtle state censorship of the news media and how this is undermining both journalism and democracy.
Light is a writer and photographer. Recently she completed a Master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School. She currently works as a journalist in Yangon, Myanmar.
For their winning essays, both Morse and Light also have also received a cast bronze medal created by the late Dora de Pédèry-Hunt, Canada’s foremost medal designer and sculptress.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting announced the creation of the Dalton Camp Award in 2002 to honour the memory of the late Dalton Camp, a distinguished commentator on Canadian public affairs, who passed away earlier that year. Since then the prize has been awarded eleven times to dozens of writers across Canada.
Friends’ goal is to encourage Canadians to reflect and express themselves through original essays on the link between democracy and the media.
According to Jim Byrd, chair of The Dalton Camp Award Selection Committee, “the submissions this year were particularly strong and plentiful. We are thrilled to help draw attention to such powerful and thoughtful ideas on such an important topic.”
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is an independent watchdog for Canadian programming and is not affiliated with any broadcaster or political party.
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Read the winning essays