Michener Award and Fellowships: First call for entries and applications

OTTAWA, Nov. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - The Michener Awards Foundation is encouraging news organizations and journalists to consider entering the competitions for the annual Michener Award and two fellowships that will be offered next year.

Russell Mills, the foundation president, urged news organizations whose journalism has achieved results for the public good this year to enter the competition for the prestigious Michener Award.

He also urged qualifying journalists to apply for two Michener-Deacon Fellowships, one for investigative reporting, the other for education. Both offer $30,000 and $5,000 in expenses.

The deadline for both the award entries and fellowship applications is February 19, 2016. Full details are available on the foundation's website, www.michenerawards.ca

Since the Award was established in 1970 by the late Right Honourable Roland Michener it has become Canada's most coveted honour for public service journalism. Judges are required to take into account the resources available to the news organization to produce the reportage. As a result organizations large and small, including weeklies and periodicals, have won awards and citations.

The Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Investigative Reporting, supported by BMO Financial Group, is Canada's premier award to encourage excellence in impact print, broadcast and online journalism.

The Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Education funds a mature journalist for a semester as journalist-in-residence at a Canadian journalism department. The winning applicant is expected to undertake a project in collaboration with the journalism school.



For further information: Russell Mills, President, email: russmills@rogers.com, Tel: (613) 722-9193

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