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Canadian Forces Newspapers Youth Reporter Competition

About the 2022 CAF Newspapers’ Youth Reporter Competition

The Canadian Forces Newspapers Youth Reporter Competition gives young people a unique chance to tell their story in print, online or on social media with the help of Canadian Forces Newspapers journalists, editors and photographers. The winner of each category will receive a scholarship proudly presented by Adobe valued at 500$ as well as a one-year subscription to Creative Cloud. 

Selected winners will also have the opportunity for a 1-2 hour mentorship from an expert in the specific medium. This may be one-on-one or in a group setting. Stories will be published on our website, Canadian Forces Newspapers and on our internal newsletter “Maple Leaf” as part of the Month of the Military Child from April 25-29, 2022.


Youth from military families between 13 and 18.

  • Families of Regular Force Members
  • Families of Reserve Force Members
  • Families of Veterans
  • Families of the Deceased
  • Cadets

Key Dates

  1. Application Deadline:  Opens 31 January 2022 to 28 February 2022
  2. Selection Committee Results: 9 March, 2022
  3. Mentorships & edited submissions: March 31, 2022
  4. Articles, blogs and videos published: April 25, 2022

5 Topic Categories

Participant’s story idea can be in a variety of formats such as a written article, a video report, a podcast or photography to allow for more creative freedom.

  • Growing Up in a Military Family:
    • A personal piece in regards to what life looks like in a military family
      Example: What are the challenges and opportunities brought forth by moving frequently?

  • Health & Wellness:
    • What does wellbeing mean to you? (mental, physical, social, financial)
    • A piece in regards to mental, physical, emotional or spiritual wellbeing.
    • Example: How does regular exercise affect your daily life? What habits have you developed that have had a positive impact on your self-esteem and mental wellbeing?
  • Heroes in my community:
    • A piece about someone you look up to in your community, and or a figure who has had a positive impact on your life.
    • Example: Is there a teacher or mentor in your life that has had a positive impact on your life? What did you learn from them? What teachings would you pass down to others?
  • Inspired to inspire
    • A thoughtful and inspiring piece in regards to a theme or subject that resonates with you.
    • Example: What has been your biggest lesson learned in the last year and why?
  • Open Category
    • A subject of your choice in the medium of your choice to encourage creative freedom.