Governor General Michaëlle Jean with the editorial staff of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, a finalist for the 2005 Michener Award. The photo was taken following the Michener Award ceremony at Rideau Hall on April 11, 2006.
Seated L to R: Barbara Sibbald, news editor; Governor General Michaëlle Jean; His Excellency, Jean-Daniel Lafond; CMAJ reporter, Laura Eggertson.
Standing L to R: Dr. Eric Wooltorton; Anne Marie Todkill, senior deputy editor, CMAJ; John Hoey, editor-in-chief, CMAJ.
The CMAJ received the Citation of Merit for its investigation of a controversial screening form developed by the Canadian Pharmacists’ Association to guide pharmacists in counselling women seeking the emergency contraceptive drug Plan B.
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.