OTTAWA, Nov. 7 2016 /CNW/ - The Michener Awards Foundation is encouraging news organizations and journalists to enter the competitions for the annual Michener Award and two fellowships that will be offered next year. Russell Mills, the foundation president, urged news organizations whose journalism has achieved results for the public good this year to consider whether their work may be worthy of the prestigious Michener Award. He also urged qualifying journalists to apply for two Michener-Deacon Fellowships, one for investigative reporting, the other for journalism education. Both offer $30,000 and $5,000 in expenses. The deadline for both the award entries and fellowship applications Is February 17, 2017. Full details are available on the foundation's website, www.michenerawards.ca Since the late Right Honourable Roland Michener, Governor General of Canada, established the Award in 1970 it has become Canada's most coveted honour for public service journalism. Judges are required to take into account the resources available to the news organization to produce the reportage. As a result organizations large and small, including weeklies and periodicals, have won awards and citations. The Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Investigative Reporting, supported by BMO Financial Group, is Canada's premier award to encourage excellence in impact print, broadcast and online journalism. The Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Education, supported by CN, funds a mature journalist for a semester as journalist-in-residence at a Canadian journalism department. The winning applicant is expected to undertake a project in collaboration with the journalism school.