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Media Advisory: Presentation of the Michener Awards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/09/14 -- His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Michener Award for outstanding public service in journalism, as well as the Michener-Deacon Fellowships and the Michener-Baxter Special Award, on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 6 p.m., during a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

2013 Michener Awards Finalists

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.


The Canadian Press
CTV News
Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald
The Globe and Mail
Toronto Star
The Windsor Star

Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Investigative Journalism

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.

Ms. Rita Celli, Ottawa-based CBC journalist

Ms. Celli plans to examine the public policy concerns related to the profits generated by the mining industry.

Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Journalism Education

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.

Ms. Francine Pelletier, Montreal-based writer, independent filmmaker, columnist for Le Devoir

Ms. Pelletier will organize workshops on big data journalism and elements of digital information at Concordia University.

Michener-Baxter Special Award

This special award recognizes an individual whose work exemplifies the best in public service journalism.

The name of the recipient will be revealed during the ceremony

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 www.michenerawards.ca.

Media wishing to cover this event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 5:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.

Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.

Contacts:
Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-7280
julie.rocheleau@gg.ca

Kim Kierans
Michener Awards Foundation
902-422-1271 ext. 164
kim.kierans@ukings.ca

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