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Michener Awards Ceremony

June 8, 2012

Presentation of the Michener Awards

OTTAWA His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Michener Awards for meritorious public service in journalism, as well as the Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Investigative Journalism, and the first Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Journalism Education, on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at 6 p.m., during a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

The six finalists for the 2011 Michener Awards are:

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Vancouver)
The Globe and Mail
La Presse
The Times Colonist (Victoria)
The Toronto Star
The Windsor Star

This year’s Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Investigative Journalism will be awarded to Laura Eggertson, a freelance journalist based in Ottawa, who will investigate Aboriginal youth suicide as a significant health crisis in Canada.

The first Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Journalism Education will be awarded to Melanie Coulson, Senior Editor, Online, at The Ottawa Citizen. Ms. Coulson will spend the 2013 winter term at Carleton University’s School of Journalism to teach an undergraduate reporting course and conduct research into the growing phenomenon of audience participation in journalism produced by media enterprises.

About the Michener Awards Foundation
The Michener Awards Foundation honours, celebrates and promotes excellence in Canadian public service journalism. The Michener Award for meritorious public service in journalism was launched in 1970, under the auspices of the late Right Honourable Roland Michener, Governor General from 1967 to 1974.  The Michener-Deacon Fellowships (for an investigative journalism project and for journalism education) encourage excellence in investigative print and broadcast journalism. For more information, visit


Media information:

Julie Rocheleau          
Rideau Hall Press Office

Kim Kierans
Michener Awards Foundation
902-422-1271, ext. 164

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