Pierre Sormany, Director of SRC Television Public Affairs Programs, accepts 2010 Michener Citation of Merit from Governor General David Johnston. The photo was taken during the Michener Award ceremony held at Rideau Hall on June 14, 2011.
SRC received a Citation of Merit for its news coverage and its television program Découverte which explored the pitfalls of rushing into shale gas exploration and exploitation.
The distinction between the Michener Award and other media awards is primarily the emphasis on the degree of arm’s-length public benefit that is generated. Journalistic excellence alone is not enough. Other criteria include the resources available to the news organization – an effort to level the playing field for small, medium, and large-size organizational applicants.