Michener Award and Fellowships: First call for entries and applications
OTTAWA – The Michener Awards Foundation encourages news organizations and journalists to submit their entries for the annual Michener Award for unbiased public service journalism, and to apply for two fellowships that will be offered next year.
Alan Allnutt, the foundation president, urges news organizations to submit journalism that has achieved results for the public good this year to be considered for the prestigious Michener Award.
Mr. Allnutt said the foundation is offering two fellowships for investigative reporting, both valued at $40,000 plus $5,000 in accountable expenses. For the first time the fellowships are open to news organizations as well as qualified individual journalists.
The deadline for both the Michener Award entries and fellowship applications is February 22, 2019.
The late Right Honourable Roland Michener, Governor General of Canada, established the Award in 1970. It has become Canada’s most coveted honour for public service journalism. Judges are required to take into account the resources available to the news organization to produce the reportage. As a result media organizations large and small, including weeklies and periodicals, have won awards and citations.
The Michener-Deacon Fellowships for Investigative Reporting, supported by BMO Financial Group and CN are Canada’s premier awards to encourage excellence in journalism that serves the public interest through improvements in public policy, ethical standards, corporate governance or the lives of Canadians.
The Michener Award is presented annually by the Governor General of Canada at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Fellowship winners are honoured at the same ceremony.