The Michener Award is presented for journalism that makes a significant impact on the public good.
To be selected as a finalist, a news organization must be able to demonstrate that its entry achieved identifiable results. The results may include improvements in public policy, ethical standards, corporate governance or the lives of Canadians.
Previous winners have been chosen on the basis of hard-hitting reporting and journalistic professionalism. Winning subjects have ranged from the misuse of public or private funds to irregularities in the justice and police systems, electoral abuses and mercury poisoning.
Entries for the Michener Award must be based on material from Canadian print or broadcast organizations or Canadian online news sites that adhere to the journalistic principles of accuracy and fairness. The Award is given to an organization, including a regularly published web site, rather than to an individual.
Size is no barrier to success. Previous winners have ranged from national networks and daily newspapers to weeklies and periodicals. The judges are required to take into account the resources available to support the entry.
Entries for the Michener Awards are accepted only for stories published or broadcast in the previous calendar year – January 1 to December 31.
While the bulk of the reporting must be done in that calendar year, we recognize that news does not always follow a January-December cycle. We will consider (1) a story produced late in the previous year that the news organization deems is essential to the main submission, or (2) a story produced up to the February deadline that demonstrates impact and/or achievable results involving the submission.
The contributions of individual journalists to the entries selected as finalists are recognized by invitations to, and participation in, the prestigious annual Awards Ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
Who can submit
A senior editor or executive must submit the entry on behalf of a news organization.
Provide a full explanation of the entry, including a description of the public service performed and the results that the entry generated. It is helpful to describe the resources that were available to the entry. Appropriate supporting evidence is welcome, including testimonials from independent and disinterested sources.
An entry fee of $100 is required for each entry, payable by cheque, credit card or PayPal.
How to submit
Use the online application form to submit your entry, after selecting a payment option at the bottom of this page. If you are entering more than one piece, submit the form separately for each one.
You must provide a link to the online location of your entry, as explained below. The location can be password protected if preferred:
Provide the entry in PDF format. It should retain the presentation of the entry as published.
Acceptable locations include Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive or similar file-sharing services.
Television or Radio
Video can be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo; or, an MP4 version of the piece can be uploaded to Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive or a similar file-sharing service.
Audio can be uploaded in MP3 format to Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive or a similar file-sharing service.
For journalism that has been published on the web only, provide the URL of your entry as it appeared on your website at the time of publication.