Standing L-R: Graphic artist Nick Murphy; Ros Guggi, Province deputy editor; editor Jonathan McDonald, reporter Glenda Luymes and Fraser Valley columnist Brian Lewis.
Seated: Their Excellencies Governor General Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond.
The B.C. daily was honoured for a series of articles titled “Fear on the Fraser” which exposed the threat of floods on the Fraser River due to the inadequacy of the dikes protecting 20 Fraser Valley communities. 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.