Governor General Michaëlle Jean with the editorial staff of the Toronto Star, 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: John Ferri, Toronto Star editor; reporter Harold Levy; Governor General Michaëlle Jean; His Excellency, Jean-Daniel Lafond; Michael Goldbloom, publisher; Giles Gherson, editor-in-chief, Toronto Star.
The Star received the Citation of Merit for a series about the sloppy and incompetent work of a pathologist and the subsequent bail release of a Sault Ste. Marie man who was a victim of a miscarriage of justice.
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.