Their Excellencies Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond with the editorial staff of Le Devoir, a finalist for the 2007 Michener Award – photo taken following a ceremony at Rideau Hall on June 13, 2008.
The newspaper was awarded a Citation of Merit for its coverage of a financial crisis at the Université du Quebec à Montreal created by huge cost overruns on real estate projects including construction on a science pavilion and a building to house student residences.
De gauche à droite : journalist Hélène Buzzetti; Le Devoir publisher Bernard Descôteaux; journalists Kathleen Lévesque and Clairandrée Cauchy.
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.