The editorial staff of the Hamilton Spectator, Toronto Star, and The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo) with their Excellencies Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond.
Back row: L-R: Dana Robbins, publisher, Hamilton Spectator; Lynn Haddrall, The Record editor; Spectator Editor-in-chief, David Estok; reporter Kevin Donovan, Toronto Star; Robert Cribb, reporter, Toronto Star; Ian Oliver, Metroland CEO; Jagoda Pike, publisher, Toronto Star.
Front Row: L-R: Tamsin McMahon, reporter, The Record; Governor General Michaëlle Jean; His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond; Hamilton Spectator reporter Fred Vallance-Jones.
The three newspapers were awarded the 2006 Michener Citation of Merit for their joint entry. Their series called “Collision Course” undertook a comprehensive examination of aviation incidents and accident data and found a safety system straining at the seams. The photo was taken following a ceremony at Rideau Hall on June 13, 2008.
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.