Club of Ottawa
Directors: June Coxon,, Iris ten Holder, Janet
Webb, Helen Bednarek Van Eyk
for the Media
Club of Ottawa $60
Meet and Greet
28 February 2015
27 April 2015
25 May 2015
Speaker: Doris-Marie Heilmann
AGM and Social
suggestions are welcome
Graham Journalism Award
Awarded to students at the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and
Melba Lent Woelflé Journalism Award
Awarded to a student at Algonquin College
A R C H I V E S
held in previous years:
links below will show a list of
speakers for the year
Monday April 27, 2015 the Media Club of Ottawa will explore the question
Crowd-Supported Journalism Viable?
a non-profit crowd funding project, owned and operated by the Algonquin
College Journalism program, was founded in 2010.
. Inspired by the successful publically-funded journalism model
operating in San Francisco, California at www.spot.us
enabled the public to commission journalists to report on important and
perhaps overlooked topics. Journalists, in turn, could pitch stories
they hoped would be funded by the public or mainstream news
organizations. All proceeds went toward paying journalists to complete
The Canadian project never really took off. This year director of
GoJournalism Joe Banks, who is also coordinator/professor of the
Algonquin Journalism, program regretfully discontinued GoJournalism.
Honeywell Room,City of
110 Laurier Ave W.
p.m. - 8 p.m.
Journalism students (ID) free,
Media Club and CAJ members $15
ABORIGINAL FILM MAKING
by Henry Heald.
Howard Adler, an aboriginal film maker, encouraged Media Club members
to attend the Asinabka Festival in Ottawa in August. Addressing the
Club's meeting at Ottawa City Hall, Adler showed several short videos
demonstrating the skills of First Nations youth in presenting their
The film festival, which has been going for several years, takes place
this year over five days beginning August 19 on Victoria Island,
continuing both on the island and in Gallery 101 on Young Street at
Champagne. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
Adler graduated in Canadian Studies from Carleton University in
Ottawa. He has worked - and won awards for his work - in various
media both as a writer and an artist. In 2009 he won the
Aboriginal Youth Writing Challenge with his script for the video
"Johnny Seven Fires".
Acting President Iris ten Holder opened the meeting by introducing
Christine Ackerley, the Margaret Graham Award winner from Careton
University, who is double majoring in journalism and communications.
Christine showed a video documentary she had made recently in the
Glebe, interviewing an artist who has made paintings of several older
homes in the area and those who had commissioned the artwork. Helen
Bednarek van Eyk presented the Margaret Graham Award for 2014/15
to Christine, who accepted the award and thanked the club.
Christine plans to do post
graduate studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Her interest in journalism
began when she was editor of her high school newspaper. At
Carleton she has been a member of the Debate Team and Phi Sigma Sigma
On February 28, 2015,
the Media Club presented: a workshop: The New Reporter, Digital
Skills for Traditional Media, with Stephen Maher, author, journalist
and columnist at Post Media News; Glen
McGregor, journalist, Ottawa Citizen; and Andrew Pinsent,
producer/reporter 1310 radio.
Stephen Maher spoke with enthusiasm about database journalism, showing
how a database can provide journalists with ample opportunities to
create a story based on factual data. With Glen McGregor he has
presented a course on this
Glen McGregor dealt with Twitter, both as a source of news and a
provider of news for journalists, making instant reporting possible.
Glen used Twitter, for example, to report an accident,
tweeting each new development as it happened. Whether that is
viable as a source of income seemed to be uncertain.
gave his views from the perspective of a radio broadcaster, adding that
since radio has become accessible on the web. it is no longer limited
to sound only; web pages offer the opportunity to show video and the
written word as well.
There was great interest on the part of the audience, which
for the major part consisted of students, and a lively discussion
Banks chaired the meeting.
The participants and Joe Banks received as a gift the book The Sweet Sixteen
by Linday Kay of
Concordia University, a story about the sixteeen women journalists who
founded the Canadian Women's Press Club (now the Media Club) in 1904.
The book was written following the Centennial
Celebration of the Media Club in 2004,.which took place in Ottawa at
Library and Archives Canada..