The Media Club               
of Ottawa

Celebrating 100 Years
Founded in 1916 as the Ottawa Women's Press Club,
 joining the Canadian Women's Press Club four years later,
the Media Club of Ottawa presents monthly programs of significance
 to professionals in all branches of the communications field. 
Our program offers a stimulating variety of speakers, 
workshops and social events

Monthly meetings take place  at Ottawa City Hall,
Billings Room
, 110 Laurier Ave West
on the second-last Monday of the month 
 December 2016
The Galley  Books by members About Awards Members News

Media Club of Ottawa
 Executive  2015-2016
President,  June Coxon
Secretary-Treasurer.Iris ten Holder
Board of Directors: June Coxon,  Iris ten Holder, Janet Webb, Helen Bednarek Van Eyk
Are you a writer, a journalist, a reporter for other media, TV, Radio? The Media Club of Ottawa is looking for new members and for volunteers to fill several key positions
Membership Fee is $60

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19 September 2016
Meet and Greet with community and ethnic press members. Visual presentation by retired journalist Thomas Virany about the peculiar way he became a Canadian journalist. He emigrated to Canada speaking four languages but not a word of English and learned it on the job.

24 October 2016
Guest speakers: Aline and Lorraine Lafreniere. Topic: sports journalism with focus on Rio Games. 

21 November 2016
Guest Speaker: Waubgeshig "Waub" Rice, CBC t.v. broadcast journalist, followed by Margaret Graham Award presentation
at Ottawa City Hall

December 2016
Lunch at the Lord Elgin Hotel and silent auction fundraiser.
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January 24, 2017
Special Noon Presentation
A Writing and Publication Journey
Guest Speaker:
Patricia Roberts-Pichette, Ph.D
at City Hall

February 4, 2017

Workshop on Non-traditional and Alternative Journalism Jobs
Panelists: Algonquin graduates 
Christina Davies, Callum Fraser, Patrick Jodoin and Michael Timmermans
at Algonquin College
20 March 2017
at Ottawa City Hall

 17 April 2017

at Ottawa City Hall

22 May 2017
Speaker: Doris-Maria Heilmann
at Ottawa City Hall

June 2017
Saturday date TBA - opening of Photo exhibition of Women Journalists 1850s-1999

Program suggestions for next year are welcome


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 Meetings held in previous years:

The links below will show a list of speakers for the year 

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Award Programs

The Margaret Graham Award
is awarded yearly in November to students at the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and Carleton University

 Recipients for 2015 were:
Amelia Buchanan, Algonquin College
Rachel Lindgren, Carleton University
The Melba Lent Woelflé Award
is awarded yearly in June to a journalism student with excellent writing skill at Algonquin College.
 Recipient for 2016 was Nicole McCormick


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    Next Event

    On January 21, 2017
    11.30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    The Media Club of Ottawa presents:

    Guest Speaker:
    Patricia Roberts-Pichette, Ph.D
    Patricia Roberts-Pichette was born in New Zealand where she received her early education before completing her graduate studies in the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship. She then taught for 10 years at the University of New Brunswick, following which she served 25 years in the Canadian federal and international public services.

    A Writing and Publication Journey

    The book Great Canadian Expectations: The Middlemore Experience is the result of fifteen years of research by the author. Unlimited access to all extant Middlemore files up to 1936, to contemporary reports, and the personal communications and meetings with  Middlemore family members and descendants of Middlemore home children have given Dr. Roberts-Pichette a unique perspective on the work of the Middlemore agency and its homes.

    Billings Room, Ottawa City Hall
    110 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa, ON

    11.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.

    Journalism students with ID free
    Media Club members and CAJ members  $15
    Non-members $25

    Light meal provided


    Admission without meal: members $7, others $10

     coffee and tea available for all

    RSVP 613 521-4855 before January 19


    Past Events

    On November 21, 2016
    The Media Club of Ottawa presented:

     Waubgeshig "Waub" Rice, an Anishinaabe from Wasauksing First Nation and a CBC Ottawa broadcast journalist.

    Bringing Indigenous Voices into the Mainstream.

    On October 24, 2016

    The Media Club of Ottawa presented:

    Olympic Games 2016 Rio

    Guest Speakers: Aline and Lorraine Lafrenière

    Aline Lafrenière is a trilingual communications and media relations specialist

    Lorraine Lafrenière is Chief Executive Officer,  Coaching Association of Canada

    Aline and Lorraine Lafrenière discussed sports journalism with emphasis on the recent Olympic Games in Rio from which they had just returned.
    Click herre for full report

    On September 19, 2016
    The Media Club of Ottawa presented:

    Meet and Greet with community and ethnic press members.

    Guest speaker:
    Retired journalist and patent examiner Thomas Virany, BSc, gave a visual presentation of his career at Canadian Press, CBC TV News and as a community newspaper co-owner. He got into journalism a peculiar way after emigrating to Canada speaking four languages but having to learn English on the job

     On May 16, 2016
    The Media Club of Ottawa presented:
    The difference between real & vanity publishing
    Speaker: Doris-Maria Heilmann

    On April  18, 2016
    The Media Club of Ottawa presented:

    A Like-Hate Relationship - Social Media's Impact on Community News from an Editorial and Business Perspective.

    Speaker: Glen Gower, communications and marketing consultant, publisher of

    On March 21, 2016
    The Media Club of Ottawa presented:

    Panel Discussion

    The Implications of Media Concentration for Robust Journalism

    Panelists: Phil Jenkins, Ottawa Citizen columnist and author; Dwayne Winseck, professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University and director of the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project since 2009; Bob Brocklebank, chair Glebe Report Association.

    On February 27, 2016
    The Media Club of Ottawa presented:

    Twitter for Journalists 2.0

    The event took place on February 27, 2016 at Algonquin College, hosted by Joe Banks, journalism professor at the college.

    Spraker: Steve Ladurantaye, an Algonquin College graduate and two-time National Newspaper award winner,  head of Canadian News and Government Partnerships for Twitter.   
    For detailed reports
    The Galley

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    To contribute,  e-mail Valerie Knowles

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