The Michener Award for Public Service Journalism

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The Michener Award was established in 1970 by the late Right Honourable Roland Michener, Governor General of Canada from 1967 to 1974. The Award honours and celebrates outstanding and unbiased public service in journalism. It is presented annually and since its inception, a rich variety of news organizations have had their names inscribed on Michener trophies – print and broadcast, large and small, French and English, East and West. Notably, the Michener was the first national journalism award open to both broadcast and print media.

Each year, the Michener Awards Foundation also offers fellowships, the first in support of investigative reporting (the Michener-Deacon Fellowship, supported by TD Bank Group) and the second dedicated to the enrichment of journalism education (the Michener – L. Richard O’Hagan Fellowship, supported by BMO Financial Group).

On behalf of the Michener Awards Foundation, the RHF is working alongside other publicly minded organizations to sustain support for impact journalism that serves the public interest. The RHF’s goal is to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the Michener Awards program, which is core to our mandate of increasing public awareness about and commitment to Canada’s multi-faceted democracy. Public service journalism is a key component of a healthy democracy, and the Michener Awards recognize some of the best journalism in Canada. Learn more at

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