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I want to be part of the conversation

By Kim Echlin      

Freedom of expression changes us, and makes us better. It asks for a tolerance that is demanding, that distinguishes between our individual and our collective identities.

Kim Echlin won The Dalton Camp Award for her piece, 'I want to be part of the conversation.' The Dalton Camp Award goes to the winner of a juried essay competition on the link between democracy and the media in Canada, and is sponsored by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. Photograph courtesy of Kim Echlin

The best job I ever had was as a television arts producer on the CBC current affairs program The Journal. We began each day by devouring the newspapers before attending the morning meeting where researchers, production assistants, producers, editors and on-air reporters pitched news stories from around the world. Everyone was asked to participate. In that unadorned boardroom, sitting on chairs, perched on tables and balancing coffee cups, pens, papers, newspaper clippings and books, the people who put together the evening news grappled with events under the leadership of executive producer Mark Starowicz.

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