Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 06, 2007 11:05 ET

Governor General to Present 2006 Michener Award for Journalism at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 6, 2007) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2006 Michener Award for meritorious public service in journalism and the 2007 Michener-Deacon Fellowship on Friday, June 8, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at Rideau Hall. Media wishing to cover this event are advised to use the Princess Avenue Gate and to arrive at the Princess Anne entrance no later than 5:30 p.m.

The six finalists for the 2006 Michener Award for meritorious public service in journalism are: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; The Globe and Mail; a joint entry from The Hamilton Spectator, Toronto Star and The Record of Waterloo Region; the Nunatsiaq News; La Presse and the Prince George Citizen.

The Governor General will also present a certificate to Ottawa Citizen senior reporter Chris Cobb, recipient of the Michener-Deacon fellowship. Established in 1987, the $25,000 fellowship will provide an opportunity for Mr. Cobb to produce a book or major publishable report on the use and clearance of landmines in the world to mark the 10th anniversary of the International Landmines Treaty in December, 2007. He will report on the progress of the clearance program in affected nations and describe how landmines continue to be a threat. The fellowship also helps to advance education in the field of journalism and to foster promotion of the public interest through values that benefit the community.

Launched in 1970 under the auspices of Canada's third Canadian Governor General, the late Roland Michener, the award focuses on the degree of public benefit generated by media projects, both large and small, in print and broadcast. The annual award is open to daily and weekly newspapers, news agencies, radio and television stations and networks as well as periodicals. The winners are chosen on the basis of hard-hitting impact, journalistic professionalism, and the resources available for the project.

Art Matters Forum:

In concert with the presentation of the Michener Award, Rideau Hall will host a debate as part of Art Matters on June 8, at 10 a.m. Created by His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond, Art Matters-a forum for reflection and dialogue-precede the presentation ceremonies of the arts and culture awards.

Thirty guests-Michener Award laureates, journalists, students and academics-will explore how we define the right to communicate. They will also debate on who should process information - each and everyone of us or only professional journalists?

The public is also invited to participate in the debate at by answering the following question:

In this era of globalisation, the dissemination of information and the impact of images are migrating from the international realm into the planetary sphere, shattering both technical constraints and moral standards. Faced with rapidly multiplying information sources and communications channels, how do we define the right to communicate? Who should process information, each and everyone of us or only professional journalists? How can we respect diversity of opinion while imposing restrictive but necessary codes of conduct? Who will be the overseer and arbitrator of this global communication code of ethics?

For more information on the Michener Awards and this year's nominees please visit The prize is administered by the Michener Awards Foundation.

Contact Information

  • Rideau Hall Press Office
    Isabelle Serrurier
    The Michener Awards Foundation
    Russell Mills
    613-727-4723 ext. 5179