Governor General David Johnston with the editorial staff of the Vancouver Sun, 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: Harold Munro, managing editor; His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston; Her Excellency Mrs. Sharon Johnston; editor-in-chief, Patricia Graham; reporter Larry Pynn.
The Vancouver Sun received a Citation of Merit for a six-part series that looked at aviation safety standards following a series of fatal float-plane accidents in British Columbia. The stories detailed inexpensive safety improvements that could save lives.
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.