The CPC presents the top ten finalists for the Speak Up! audio essay contest. Judging was based on content; originality and creativity; delivery; and production value. The winners will be selected from the top ten essays and will receive cash awards of $500 to $50 (first place, second place, third place and three honorable mentions). Delaware Public Media and WVUD may broadcast the top essays. The winners will be announced at an awards presentation in March 2020. Winners who are unable to attend will be notified by email. To learn more about the contest, visit www.cpc.udel.edu/speakup.
Masked Oligarchy―Kristine Castoria, a University of Delaware senior pursuing a degree in English, questions the integrity of policy makers in an era when politicians are controlled by money and influence from all sides.
Democracy Matters―Madeline Ehrlich, a University of Delaware freshman majoring in psychology, says citizens must make their collective voice count to defend the rights of those who need a voice.
Surfing Perspective―Holly Hutton, a University of Delaware senior pursuing a degree in communication, intends to use her voice and stand with others who share her passion to fight climate change and rising ocean temperatures.
If I Could―Marin Imhoff wonders about her role as a citizen as election day approaches. The University of Delaware junior, who studies communication, often feels powerless. She considers what she could say to others who feel the same way.
Divided US―Is the United States a house or a home? Chloe La Motta, a University of Delaware senior majoring in communication, considers how we all can live together, under one roof.
Dinner Plate Democracy―Should citizens settle for meatloaf and asparagus or demand a new menu? It depends on if they vote, says Tara Lennon, a University of Delaware sophomore pursuing a degree in communication.
2008―Julia Mack, a University of Delaware senior majoring in media communication, recalls the formative experience of a 5th grade mock election.
Democracy for Minorities―For Rachel Sawicki, a University of Delaware senior majoring in communication, everyone deserves life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When compared with the authoritarian policies of other countries, the values of an American democracy are worth defending.
Ripple Effect―Democracy begins with small interactions, says Emma Scholes, a University of Delaware senior pursuing a degree in communication. She recalls lessons learned from a conflict with a boy when she was 13 years old.
Online Shopping Turns Evil―Is mass media technology hurting our democracy? Chloe Tullman, a University of Delaware senior pursuing a degree in English, says it depends on how we use it.