Governor General Michaëlle Jean with the editorial staff of the Globe and Mail, a finalist for the 2009 Michener Award – photo taken following a ceremony at Rideau Hall on May 27, 2010.
Seated L to R: Globe correspondent Paul Koring; Their Excellencies Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond; Globe Editor-in-Chief, John Stackhouse.
Standing L to R: David Walmsley, Managing Editor, News; Stephen Northfield, Foreign Editor and John Ibbitson, Ottawa Bureau Chief.
The Globe and Mail received the Citation of Merit for documenting the story of Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Canadian citizen, who had been denied a passport by Canada and who was sleeping on a cot in the Canadian embassy in Khartoum, despite being cleared of wrong-doing by Sudanese officials.
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.