(Standing L-R) Greg McArthur; Colin MacKenzie; Ed Greenspon; David Walmsley; (Seated) Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean; His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond.
The Globe and Mail was honoured for its investigation of the financial relationship between former prime minister Brian Mulroney and German-Canadian businessman Karlheinz Schreiber – a joint entry with CBC’s fifth estate.
The photo was taken following a ceremony at Rideau Hall on June 13, 2008.
The Michener Award for Journalism emerged some 30 years ago from the coincidence of Governor General Roland Michener’s vision of public service in journalism with the formation of a national journalists’ organization. The distinction between this and other media awards is primarily the emphasis on the degree of arms-length public benefit that is generated. Journalistic excellence alone is not enough. Other criteria include the resources available to the news organizations, an effort to level the playing field for small, medium and large applicants.