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Three Journalists who changed the face of Canadian Journalism

Canadian journalism has come a long way. Although we have shifted from print media to digital media there are some faces right from the dawn of the digital media when a radio microphone or television cameraman in tow was what use to constitute of the, then journalism the modern times when reporters are ought to carry a smartphone or digital audio recorder and loads of other cutting edge is ubiquitous.

But the names of some legends who helped reinvent the spirit of journalism in Canada remain very clear till the date. With Honesty, integrity, and objectivity at the core of their journalism, these journalists changed the face of Canadian journalism with their sheer perseverance and grit, and passion for their profession. These three journalists namely Dalton Camp, Adrienne Choquette, and Eric Malling have attributed to what today’s journalism is.

Every individual out of them has certain attributes, skills, and professional experiences, which they have acquired over their period of life and used to mold this industry into what it is today. So let us delve deeper into their lives and their contribution towards this noble profession.

Dalton Camp:

Delton camp was born Woodstock in a town in Carleton County, New Brunswick. He was raised by his father who was a Baptist minister along with her mother. He completed his undergraduate studies in the liberal arts at the University of New Brunswick, after which he decided to do graduation in journalism from Columbia University and political science at the London School of Economics.

Dalton Camp started and met with great success in advertising as a junior copywriter in later as copy chief at the firm Locke Johnson where he ran the Progressive Conservative advertising campaign.

He served as president of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and had a  key role, in 1966, in prompting Canada’s first leadership review, which resulted in the dethroning of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker due to which in his Robert Stanfield was brought up to the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party. Camp During his life, managed some 27 leadership campaigns, He is best remembered for his participation, together with Eric Kierans, and Stephen Lewis, on CBC Radio’s political panel, Morningside, hosted by Peter Gzowski.

Dalton published his 4 works which are still remembered and appraised that is Gentleman, Players, and Politicians (1970), Points of Departure (1979), Eclectic Eel (1981), and Whose Country is it Anyway? (1995),  along with tons of insightful newspaper columns. And his syndicated column on political issues for the Toronto Star that he continued to write until his death.

These experiences and knowledge made Camp one of the founding members of the advisory council of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, and also a lifelong adherent of the CBC. Camps earnest and sincere work also got him appointed as an Officer of The Order of Canada in 1994 and later a member of the advisory council of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Adrienne Choquette:

The daughter of Dr. Henri Choquette  Adrienne Choquette was born in Shawinigan and studied with the Ursulinesat Trois-Rivières Choquette began work with the Quebec public service but soon was attracted towards journalism.

Choquette got her first book published the Confidences d’écrivainscanadiens-français in 1939. Followed by her first novel La Coupe Vide in 1948. She was In 1954 was honored with the Prix David for her story collection La nuit ne dortpast. And the Prix du Grand Jury des lettres for her 1961 story collection Laure Clouet received.

Eric Malling:

Born on September 4, 1946, in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Eric Malling was destined to become one of the greatest reporters in the history of Canada. Following his graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Saskatchewan, he pursued journalism from Carleton University.

Initially, he started as a print reporter writing for the Regina Leader-Post, The Toronto Star, and The Washington Post but later got a chance to co-host the flagship newsmagazine show “Fifth Estate, in which it was his face on the television screen that keep viewers informed about the events of the week and also glued to it.

Eric Malling sadly passed away in 1998. But, he left his indelible mark on investigative journalism with a few significant stories that are still one of the most defining cases in investigative journalism.

Such as the War Measures Act during the FLQ crisis in 1970 or the 1982’s, story from Canadian history that involved a Soviet double agent, James Morrison, who was alleged and charged with selling secrets to the Soviet Union in the 1950s, or the report on “Tungate” in 1985 which uncovered that John Fraser, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans approval of fishes unfit for consumption.

Eric with his audacious attitude was always grabbing the headline with his intuition had been a very reformer to his core, who was occurred interested in unearthing the truth and exposing the corrupt to make this world a better place

He deserved and got many awards such as one Gemini and six ACTRA awards, three Gordon Sinclair awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, and many more in recognition for his excellent work in the field of journalism

Conclusion:

These journalists have created the most important and memorable examples of investigative journalism which resulted in many systemic and policy changes in the 70s and 80s. Before the times of the internet journalists like Dalton Camp, Adrienne Choquette and Eric made remarkable contributions to investigative reporting, building the foundational structure for Canadian journalism.

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