The Michener Award

About

The Michener Award celebrates and honours outstanding and unbiased journalism that results in positive change for the public good. Established in 1971, it is Canada’s premier journalism award.

The Michener Award is presented annually to news organizations, rather than individuals. Entries are judged for their professionalism, their impact on the public, and the degree of arms-length public benefit that is generated. Daily and weekly newspapers, news agencies, radio and television stations and networks, online news sites, and periodicals are eligible. Other criteria include the resources available to the news organizations: an effort to level the playing field for small, medium and large applicants.

Since its inception, a rich variety of news organizations have had their names inscribed on Michener trophies – large and small news organizations, print and broadcast, French and English, East and West. The Michener was the first national journalism award open to both broadcast and print media.

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Appropriate supporting evidence is required, including testimonials from independent and disinterested sources.

Eligibility

  • Entries 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.
  • 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.
  • Entries for the Michener Awards are accepted only for stories published or broadcast in the previous calendar year — January 1 to December 31.

Submission process

  • A senior editor or executive must submit the entry on behalf of a news organization.
  • The submission must include a full explanation of the entry, including the public service performed and the results that the entry generated. It is helpful to describe the resources that were available.
  • Appropriate supporting evidence is required, including testimonials from independent and disinterested sources.
  • An entry fee of $100 is required for each entry, payable via PayPal.

Submissions for the 2021 Michener Award will open in December 2021.

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Entries 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.
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Edward Greenspon (left), Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail, and Philippe Cantin, Editor of La Presse, receive the 2007 Michener Award from the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean.

Adjudication process

The Michener Awards and Fellowships pride themselves on their independent and objective adjudication process.

Judges for the 2020 Michener Awards:

  • Chief judge Margo Goodhand: former editor of the Winnipeg Free Press and the Edmonton Journal
  • Pierre Tourangeau: former ombudsman and news director of Radio-Canada
  • Sally Reardon: former senior CBC-TV news producer
  • Katherine Sedgwick: journalism professor at Loyalist College and former deputy editor of Montreal Gazette
  • Pierre Asselin: former editorialist for Le Soleil
  • Mary McGuire: journalism professor at Carleton University