Nick Hills, representing Southam news, receives the 1987 Michener Award from Her Excellency Jeanne Sauvé, Governor General of Canada. The ceremony to honour award recipients was held at Government house in Ottawa, December 8, 1988.
Southam News was recognized for a series entitled the ‘Southam Literary Project’ – an exhaustive study of literacy across the country that provided the first accurate measurement of the literacy skills of adult Canadians.
The judges’ decisions are heavily influenced by the degree of public benefit generated by the print and broadcast projects submitted for consideration. The annual award is open to daily and weekly newspapers, news agencies, radio and television stations, networks and periodicals.