The Award honours, celebrates and promotes excellence in Canadian public service journalism.
Excellence in journalism for 50 years
It started with a dream to create a prestigious new award dedicated to “meritorious public service journalism” — Canada’s own Pulitzer Prize. And this year, the Michener Award Foundation is celebrating 50 years as the nation’s premier journalism award.
The Fellowships encourage excellence in investigative journalism that serves the public interest.
Rideau Hall, Ottawa
Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor general since 1867. This national historic site, situated in an idyllic 79-acre urban oasis, is located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau.
Each year the incumbent Governor General honours Michener Award and Michener-Deacon Fellowship winners at a Rideau Hall ceremony.
When the board of the Michener Awards Foundation decided in 2000 to establish this website, it cast about for a distinctive logo as a graphic identification.
“VERITAS ANCILLA LIBERTATIS”
Truth in the Service of Freedom
The badge borrows the strong blue and gold colours from the Michener coat of arms. The crossed quills represent print journalism and a lightning bolt for broadcast and other forms of electronic journalism.