OTTAWA, April 19 /CNW/ - The Michener Awards Foundation today announced
six finalists for the 2010 Michener Award for meritorious public
service journalism and named the winner of the 2011 Michener-Deacon
The finalists for the Michener Award are: the Calgary Herald; the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; The Eastern Door; The Hamilton Spectator; la Société Radio-Canada; and The Vancouver Sun.
The judges awarded the Michener-Deacon Fellowship to Jane Armstrong, a
Toronto freelance writer whose career includes 20 years as a national
and international reporter with the The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. Her fellowship project will scrutinize the impact of Canada's aid
programs in Afghanistan over the past decade and explore the future of
those projects when Canada's military role winds down this summer. The
judges said given her strong reportage and clear-eyed analysis of the
topic in the past, they felt confident Ms Armstrong would deliver
stories that focused on both the issues and the human beings affected
by the aftermath in Afghanistan.
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of
Canada, will host the Michener Awards ceremony at Rideau Hall on June
14 where the winner of the 2010 Michener Award will be announced and
the Michener-Deacon Fellowship will be presented.
The Michener Award, founded in 1970 by the late Roland Michener, then
Governor-General, goes to a news organization. The judges' decisions
are heavily influenced by the degree of public benefit generated by the
print and broadcast entries submitted for consideration.
The following entries are the 2010 finalists:
The Calgary Herald
The series Worked to Death exposes the human costs of Alberta's economic boom - sloppy on-site
safety practices and lax enforcement leading to a disturbing number of
annual workplace deaths. After this in-depth series was published the
Alberta government took more aggressive measures including the creation
of an online database listing safety violations, more work-site safety
blitzes, and a promise to hire more safety inspectors. It also is
pursing companies that don't pay their fines.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
CBC TV's fifth estate stories "Out of Control" and "Behind the Wall" depict the last hours of Ashley Smith and exposed the almost
unbelievable story about a troubled teenager abandoned in the
corrections system. Following the fifth estate broadcasts, the scope of the inquest into Smith's death was widened and
it is now easier for media outlets to access to court exhibits making
the judicial system more open and transparent.
The Eastern Door
The sustained reporting of the decision of the Mohawk Council of
Kahnawke to send eviction letters to non-Natives living on the reserve
put names and faces to the evictions and sparked a public discussion in
this close-knit community into what The Eastern Door called a "human rights story". The courageous involvement of the
community paper has contributed to the reversal of a decision of the
Mohawk Council to evict non-Native residents living on the reserve.
The Hamilton Spectator
The Code Red series combine journalistic and academic expertise to
examine, diagnose and propose remedies for poverty in Hamilton. Code
Red provided hard data for government and agencies to address problems
of poverty and health, mobilized other agencies to help people in need
and became a key issue in the municipal election. The series has
received international attention and has been integrated into the
curriculum of a number of university courses.
La Société Radio-Canada
Radio-Canada through news coverage and television program Découverte explores the pitfalls of rushing into of shale gas exploration and
exploitation and the effects on the everyday life of the people in the
Saint Lawrence Valley of Quebec. The thorough coverage put the spotlight on an important public issue and
helped to promote a wide-scale public debate that lead to a government
inquiry and the Quebec government tightening its control on the
industry and adopting stricter conditions for new drilling.
The Vancouver Sun
The six-part series looks at inadequate safety standards following a
series of fatal float-plane accidents in British Columbia. The stories
detailed inexpensive safety improvements that could save lives.
Reaction from the federal government was immediate and significant with
the introduction of new safety measures including strengthening
investigation and enforcement and the formation of a new industry
association to address safety and other issues.
Judges for the 2010 Michener Award:
Kim Kierans (chair), Professor School of Journalism and Vice President
University of King's College in Halifax and former CBC news reporter
and editor; Kevin Crowley, Director of Communications and Public
Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University and former business editor with
the Waterloo Region Record; Allan Mayer, former editor-in-chief of the
Edmonton Journal and former reporter with the Edmonton Sun and London
Free Press; Claude Papineau, former Vice President for French Services
of The Canadian Press and former Parliamentary Correspondent;
Christopher Waddell, Director of the School of Journalism and
Communication at Carleton University and former National Editor of The
Globe and Mail and Parliamentary Bureau Chief for CBC Television News.
Judges for the 2011 Michener-Deacon Fellowship
Lindsay Crysler (chair), former managing editor of The Gazette,
Montreal, former director, journalism department, Concordia University,
Montreal; Clinton Archibald, associate professor, professor of public
ethics, St. Paul University, Ottawa; Michael Goldbloom, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishops
University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, and former publisher of The Gazette and
the Toronto Star; Lynne Van Luven, associate professor of journalism
and creative non-fiction, University of Victoria; Erin Steuter, chair
of the sociology department, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB.
SOURCE Michener Awards Foundation
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