Vote for your favourite Youth Reporter Story

Support the next generation of writers. Vote for your favourite youth reporter story between now and May 31st and you can set one young person up with a grand prize package, including a $2,500 scholarship.

Every fall, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Newspapers* invites young people, 13 to 18-years-old, from military families and Cadets, to enter our Youth Reporter Competition. This year’s competition is sponsored by Adobe.

Aspiring reporters are asked to submit a story idea about something important in their life or community. CAF Newspapers received more than 50 applications from CAF-affiliated youth across Canada and the world.

In late January, a selection committee of CAF Newspaper editors reviewed applications to select six story ideas with the most editorial merit. Originality and social impact are key considerations.

One month later, six finalists were contacted and given a deadline to develop their story idea into an original article. All stories are featured in a special PLAY e-zine edition, published on and in CAF newspapers across Canada.

Your vote takes them to the next level.

“The youth reporter competition gives young people affiliated with the CAF a chance to have their voices heard and to develop their writing acumen,” says Ryan Cane, Editor in Chief and National Recreation Manager for PSP. “As a community, we learn a lot by listening to stories that are meaningful to the next generation, and it’s great that CAF Newspapers offers this opportunity annually.”

Now it’s your turn to connect with these young writers. Read the top six stories and vote for your favourite for a chance to win a participation prize. Voting is open until May 31, 2021 (closing at midnight EDT), at

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*CAF Newspapers are managed by Personnel Support Programs (PSP), a division of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS).
**Voting rules apply

Food for Thought: Diet Culture and the Industry Behind It
By Andrea Stacey
Everyone has insecurities. And many people’s insecurities revolve around their physical appearance. This is no coincidence, given the body shapes and sizes that are portrayed in the media. It’s no secret that the images of bodies used in marketing are heavily edited, and that very few people actually look like that.

The Threatre of Everyday
By Cindy Ho
I've done it. You've done it, too. We've all spent an unhealthy amount of time indoors consuming media this past year. The pandemic has caused a massive surge in online streaming and TV watching. While that has been great for giant moguls like Netflix and Hulu, other entertainment industry sectors have been hit hard, especially independent theatre companies and local film festivals, which directly impacts the livelihood of artists in the community.

Adapting to life as a military kid
By Emily Lachance
When you are a military kid, you have to come to accept the fact that you will be faced with a lot of changes. Dealing with our parents being gone for various lengths of time, moving, changing schools, leaving old friends, making new friends are all ways we have to adapt. It’s not always easy, but I wouldn’t trade my type of life for any other.

Cadet finds opportunity amidst pandemic
By Hannah Meagher
Phones are ringing, planes are landing, and a pilot is asking for a weather advisory as three more planes enter the circuit. This is an average day at the Allan J. MacEachen Regional Airport in Port Hastings, but before working here, I wouldn’t have expected the high demand for air transportation that exists in Cape Breton.

Diversity, acceptance plus friendship: My time in Air Cadets
By Kai Chen
All my life, I have tried to fit in. I dress like my classmates. I talk like my friends, but no matter what I do, I will never be quite like them. 

By Karam Albatal
What is this feeling we briefly experience from time to time and that we have so much trouble finding, as we are increasingly immersed in our daily routines?