Reporter Lindor Reynolds accepts the 2000 Michener Citation of Merit Award from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson on behalf of the Winnipeg Free Press.
The Winnipeg daily was honoured for a series on Internet luring that led to a federal government commitment to amend the Criminal Code to prevent pedophiles from stalking children on the internet.
The award was presented during a ceremony held at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, May 24, 2001.
The distinction between this and other media awards is primarily the emphasis on the degree of arms-length public benefit that is generated. Journalistic excellence alone is not enough. Other criteria include the resources available to the news organizations, an effort to level the playing field for small, medium and large applicants.