Senior editor Russell Wangersky accepts the 2000 Michener Citation of Merit Award from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson on behalf of the Telegram.
The St. John’s newspaper was honoured for ‘Access Denied‘, a successful challenge to the Newfoundland Freedom of Information Act that demonstrated the Act was not working.
The award was presented during a ceremony held at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, May 24, 2001.
Launched in 1970 under the auspices of Canada’s third Canadian governor general, the late Roland Michener, the award focuses on the degree of public benefit generated by media projects, both large and small, in print and broadcast. The annual award is open to daily and weekly newspapers, news agencies, radio and television stations and networks, as well as periodicals. The winners are chosen on the basis of hard-hitting impact, journalistic professionalism, and the resources available for the project.