Media Advisory - Presentation of the Michener Award and Michener-Deacon Fellowships

OTTAWA, June 16, 2015 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Michener Award for outstanding public service in journalism, and the Michener-Deacon Fellowships, on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at 6 p.m., during a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

2014 Michener Award Finalists

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: CBC North
The Canadian Press
The Globe and Mail
The Vancouver Sun

Recognizing outstanding and unbiased public service in journalism, the award is presented to news organizations rather than to individuals: newspapers, broadcasting stations and networks, news agencies, periodicals, magazines and online journalism sources.

Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Investigative Journalism

Marie-France Bélanger, Radio-Canada journalist

Ms. Bélanger will examine the use of technology in the classroom, in the province of Quebec.

This award was created to encourage excellence in investigative print, broadcast and online journalism. The winning fellow is expected to undertake a project that aspires to the criteria of the Michener Award, with emphasis on identifiable benefits for the public good, improvements in public policy, ethical standards, corporate governance or the lives of Canadians.

Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Journalism Education

Robert Cribb, investigative reporter with The Toronto Star

Mr. Cribb will use the fellowship to develop a detailed plan to connect the country's major journalism schools from coast to coast to coast, with the goal of researching, reporting and publishing ambitious stories of national scope on matters of vital public interest, in partnership with major media outlets.

Dedicated to the advancement of the education of Canadian journalists, the fellowship supports a mature journalist-in-residence at a recognized Canadian school of journalism for one semester. The purpose of the fellowship is to enhance the education of both the applicant and the students enrolled in the journalism program.

About the Michener Awards Foundation
The Michener Awards Foundation celebrates and promotes excellence in Canadian public service journalism. The Michener Award was launched in 1970, under the auspices of the late Right Honourable Roland Michener, Governor General from 1967 to 1974.  For more information, visit


Media wishing to cover this event are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office.

Due to construction work at Rideau Hall, media are asked to arrive at the residence's main entrance no later than 5:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.


SOURCE Government House

For further information: Media: Julie Rocheleau, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-7280,; Kim Kierans, Michener Awards Foundation, 902-422-1271 ext. 164,; Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.

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