Canada's top journalism prize was awarded tonight to Postmedia News and the Ottawa Citizen for what the jury for the Michener award called "the detailed and sustained reporting (that) exposed the use of “robocalls” to mislead and harass voters during the 2011 federal election campaign." 

 

Canada's top journalism prize was awarded tonight to Postmedia News and the Ottawa Citizen for what the jury for the Michener award called "the detailed and sustained reporting (that) exposed the use of “robocalls” to mislead and harass voters during the 2011 federal election campaign." 

The jury said the investigation by Ottawa Citizen reporter Glen McGregor and Postmedia News columnist Stephen Maher has had a resounding impact by shedding light on "how technology can subvert our most fundamental democratic value: the right to vote in a fairly run election."  The reporters have won other awards for their work this year and were nominated for the J-Source Newsperson of the Year Award in January.

The "robocalls" story beat out other nominees: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Société Radio-Canada’s Enquête for reporting into the health risks of asbestos mining; The Coast for an investigation into the (former) Halifax mayor; La Presse for stories into the business of miracle cures in Quebec; The Toronto Star for a series on the challenges of autism in the health sector; and, The Vancouver Sun for following explosions at two sawmills.


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