Governor General Michaëlle Jean with the editorial staff of La Presse, a finalist for the 2005 Michener Award. The photo was taken following the Michener Award ceremony at Rideau Hall on April 11, 2006.
L-R: Philippe Cantin, Vice President of Information and Associate Publisher, La Presse; reporter Nicolas Bérubé; Governor General Michaëlle Jean; His Excellency, Jean-Daniel Lafond; reporter Sébastien Rodrigue; cameraman Martin Tremblay.
La Presse received the Citation of Merit for a series of reports detailing with security problems on Montreal’s subway system including the lack of coordination between the metro system’s own security force and Montreal city police.
The first 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.