Gerry Nott, representing Postmedia and The Ottawa Citizen, accepts the 2012 Michener Award from His Excellency David Johnston. Photo was taken at the Michener Award ceremony held in Rideau Hall, Ottawa, June 18, 2013.
Postmedia and The Ottawa Citizen were honoured for exemplary reporting into the “robocalls” scandal during the 2011 federal election campaign. The persistent coverage shed light on how technology can subvert our most fundamental democratic value: the right to vote in a fairly run election.
The Michener Award, founded in 1970 by the late Right Honourable Roland Michener, then Governor General, goes to a news organization. The judges’ decisions are heavily influenced by the degree of public benefit generated by the print and broadcast projects submitted for consideration.