Their Excellencies Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul with the editorial staff of the the Edmonton Journal, a finalist for the 2002 Michener Award. Photo was taken following a ceremony at Rideau Hall, Thursday, April 10, 2003.
Left to Right: Bob Bell, Sunday Reader editor; Roy Wood, Editor; Governor General Adrienne Clarkson; His Excellency John Ralston Saul; reporter Allyson Jeffs; reporter Rick McConnell; Larry Wong, photographer.
The Journal was honoured for reporting on the serious problems faced by band welfare agencies that were not detected by the Alberta Children’s Services department before it was too late.
The first Michener Award covered the calendar year 1970. Since then, a rich variety of news organizations have had their names inscribed on Michener trophies – print and broadcast, large and small, French and English, East and West. The Michener was also the first national journalism award open to both broadcast and print media. The award goes to the news organization itself, rather than the individual journalists involved in the story.