Governor General Michaëlle Jean with the editorial staff of the The Times Colonist and The Vancouver Sun, finalists 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: reporter Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun; Governor General Michaëlle Jean; His Excellency, Jean-Daniel Lafond; reporter Miro Cernetig, Vancouver Sun.
Standing L to R: reporter Lindsay Kines, Times Colonist; Kirk LaPointe, Managing Editor, The Vancouver Sun; reporter Jeff Rud, reporter, Times Colonist.
The Victoria Times Colonist and The Vancouver Sun, two competing newspapers, working independently, each produced a series of stories about problems affecting child protection in British Columbia that resulted in sweeping reviews of the system.
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.