Her Excellency Adrienne Clarkson presents a Citation of Merit to reporter Moira Welsh representing the Toronto Star. The Toronto daily won the award for two entries that exposed abuses against vulnerable citizens and produced remedial action.
The photo was taken at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, following the 2003 Michener Award ceremony on Thursday, April 15, 2004.
The distinction between this and other media awards is primarily the emphasis on the degree of arm’s-length public benefit that is generated. Journalistic excellence alone is not enough. Other criteria include the resources available to the news organization – an effort to level the playing field for small, medium, and large-size organizational applicants.