The Dalton Camp Award is a $10,000 prize for the best essay on the link between media and democracy, presented annually by FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting. FRIENDS launched the award in 2002 to honour the memory of Dalton Camp, a distinguished commentator on Canadian public affairs.
I entered the contest last fall, but alas didn’t win. That $10,000.00 would have been a big help for my granddaughter’s tuition. Nevertheless I’ve decided to post my essay in short exerts because the subject is serious and a bit dry. So here’s my first part, one part a day.
The Link: Democracy and the Media in Canada and the Estates of the Realm – Part 1
All you have to do is read the newspaper, if people still do that, turn the radio or TV on, or go online to find out what our government has been up to. The media is one of the few ways that citizens are informed of what their government is doing and their sole means to discover the current state of our democracy. The link between the media and government is evident, but at what cost and is it under threat?