Youth Reporter Competition



Last fall, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) newspapers invited youth from military families between ages 13 and 18 to take part in the Youth Reporter Competition, and a chance to win a grand prize package and scholarship valued at $2,500.

Youth were asked to submit a story idea about something important to their life or the community around them. Over 50 applications were received from across the country and around the world.  A selection committee comprised of CAF newspaper editors met in late January to go through the applications and select the six most unique and powerful stories with the best editorial merit.

The six finalists were informed in early February and were given a few weeks to deliver their unique stories. They will be featured in a special PLAY e-zine edition published on and in Canadian Forces newspapers across the country.

“What a great opportunity for the youth of our military community to share their voices,” said Colonel Telah Morrison, Director, Military Family Services. “I thank CAF newspapers for creating this program and giving youth the means by which to express themselves.”

CAF newspapers are now inviting community members to vote for their favourite story and  a chance to win a prize as well. Voting is May 1 to May 31 at

Support our youth. Take the time to get to know these young finalists, read these unique stories, and cast your vote to crown the best Youth Reporter of 2020.

Youth reporter finalists:

Melissa Holyhead-Miles, Chilliwack, BC
Lleyton Maday, Morinville, AB
Katya Arifin, Toronto, ON
Mikaël Bowes, St-Lin, QC
Megan Henwood, Moncton, NB
Luke Shields, Campbell River, BC


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