Her Excellency Adrienne Clarkson presents a Citation of Merit to Nicholas Hirst representing the Winnipeg Free Press.
The newspaper was honoured for an investigation into the 10-year-old murder conviction of James Patrick Driskell.
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.