Governor General David Johnston with the editorial staff of the Eastern Door, a finalist for the 2010 Michener Award. The photo was taken following the Michener Award ceremony at Rideau Hall on June 14, 2011.
L to R: Russell Mills, President, Michener Awards Foundation; Steve Bonspiel, co-publisher, Eastern Door; His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston; Her Excellency Mrs. Sharon Johnston; journalist, Brittany Leborgne; Richard Tardiff, assistant editor.
The weekly newspaper Eastern Door received a Citation of Merit for its “courageous involvement” covering the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake’s controversial decision to evict non-natives living on the reserve on Montreal’s South Shore.
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.