2016 Jill Vickers Prize

Jun 1, 2016 | Jill Vickers Prize

Winner: Angelia Wagner, Linda Trimble, Shannon Sampert, Daisy Raphael, and Bailey Gerrits

2015 CPSA conference paper – Gender, Competitiveness and Candidate Prominence in Newspaper Coverage of Canadian Party Leadership Contests, 1975-2012

Photo: Daisy Raphael (University of Alberta), Linda Trimble (University of Alberta), Shannon Sampert (University of Winnipeg), Bailey Gerrits (Queen’s University), Angelia Wagner (McGill University), Allison Harell (Université du Québec à Montréal – jury member), and Yasmeen Abu-Laban (CPSA President), CPSA President’s Dinner, June 1 2016, Calgary Zoo Safari Lodge, Calgary

Excerpt from jury report: Meticulously well-researched and argued, Wagner et al.’s research makes a novel contribution to the study of gender and media in Canada. Using a content analysis over a broad period of time (1975-2012), the paper examines the importance of gender and competitiveness during political party leadership campaigns. The findings indicate that a candidate’s media visibility is largely, although not exclusively, regulated by journalistic assessments of a candidate’s actual level of support among voters, donors, and party officials. While gender matters, the authors argue that a candidate’s percentage of the vote on the first ballot is more strongly correlated with the degree of prominence in leadership coverage. By attending to campaign effects, the paper pushes our knowledge forward on the subject and makes an important contribution to gendered mediation research.