The Media Club               Quillpen
of Ottawa

Celebrating 100 Years - Founded in 1916
 as a branch of the Canadian Women's Press Club
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 scond-last Monday of the month 
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



21 September
Hélène Cayer
Fundraisint - How it' Done
City Hall

26 October 2015
Kirsten  Smith, freelance journalist, Past President CAJ
Topic:  Researching skills: tips  for journalist & other writers

Ottawa City Hall

16 November 2015
Dr.  John  Kelly -  Associate Journalism Professor, Carleton University.  Writer, co-director, Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education (CIRCLE)
 Creative Photojournalism Today
Margaret Graham Award presentation
City Hall

December 2015

February 27, 2016
Twitter for Journalists 2.0. A workshop with Steve Ladurantaye, award winning journalist, head of Canadian News and Government Partnerships for Twitter; plus Ottawa's biggest Tweeter
Algonquin College

21 March 2016
Ottawa City Hall

 18 April 2016
Speaker, Glen Gower, communications and marketing consultant, publisher of Topic: A Like-Hate Relationship - Social Media's Impact on Community News from an Editorial and Business Perspective.

Ottawa City Hall

16 May 2016
Speaker: Doris-Maria Heilmann
Topic: The difference between real & vanity publishing
Ottawa City Hall

June 2016

Program suggestions for next year are welcome


Note the program for the coming season  in the left column of this page.


News Headlines follow

For details, read The Galley

17th Annual Kesterton: Spotlight on Journalism

Martin Baron of The Washington Post in conversation with the CBC’s Robyn Bresnahan

The conversation took place on February 3, 2016, at the 17th Annual Kesterton: Spotlight on Journalismn from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Atrium on the second floor of the River Building at Carleton University. The event was hosted by the School of Journalism & Communication Contact


CRTC  holding Hearing on Future of Local TV News


Closing of the Guelph Mercury


Student Demand for Mobile Education

Review of
New book by John Stackhouse


On October 16, 1915
Women Win the Vote

Dawn Monroe posted on her website:

famous canadian women

One hundred years ago, women in Canada took the first steps towards full participation in political life.

Award Programs:

Margaret Graham Award
Awarded yearly in November to students at the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and Carleton University
Melba Lent Woelflé Award
Awarded yearly in June to a journalism student with excellent writing skill at Algonquin College

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    February 27, 2016
    Twitter for Journalists 2.0. A workshop with Steve Ladurantaye, award winning journalist, head of Canadian News and Government Partnerships for Twitter; plus Ottawa's biggest Tweeter
    Algonquin College
    N Building, Room N-205

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    November 16th, 2015

    Journalism in Aboriginal


     Dr.  John  Kelly

     Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University,  writer, co-director, Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education (CIRCLE)

    The Margaret Graham Award was presented at that meeting by Joe Banks to Amelia Buchanan

    October 26, 2015  
    ResearchTips for Writers

    Kirsten Smith

    About Kirsten

    A professional librarian with 25 years’ experience as a reference librarian, most of that time as a news researcher for a national media organization that covers Parliament Hill, Kristen is now a small-business woman providing research services to a wide range of clients including authors, private investigators,
    encyclopedia and news organizations. Her website is  www.

    In addition to finding information and doing fact-checking , Kristen provides training on internet searching, social media basics and smarter research. She is currently a Past President of the Canadian Association of Journalists for the National Capital Region.

    September 21. 2015

    Fundraising - How it's Done

    An interesting evening with
    Hélène  Cayer

    On September 21, 2015, Hélène discussed a gala fundraising event she is helping organize for Algonquin College's culinary program combined with an 85th birthday celebration for Gay Cook, food columnist and author of Mrs. Cook’s Kitchen.

    The event took place at Ottawa City Hall.

    The Media Club of Ottawa (MCO) has had a long standing relationship with Algonquin College and has presented the Melba Lent Wolflé Award to one of the college's journalism student annually since 2008. That same year Gay Cook, food columnist and author of Mrs. Cook’s Kitchen, was a MCO guest speaker. Hélène Cayer, our September 21 speaker, will kick off our Fall season by linking these two together for us.

    Hélène, born in Ottawa.  is of Algonquin and French heritage, the latter family arriving in Canada in 1667. She has enjoyed an interesting and diverse career as a filmmaker, public affairs officer and fundraiser while working at such places as the National Arts Centre and the astronaut program at the Canadian Space Agency.  She was a team member starting the Internet Company for Bell Canada and  describes herself as "an organizer who gets the job done regardless of the obstacles and defeats."

    Hélène is currently a Board member of Friends of Library and Archives Canada, and at the occasion of the  85th birthday celebration for Gay Cook 
    is organizing a gala fundraising event for Algonquin College's culinary program, hosted by the College.

    At Gay's request, funds raised by the November 8 event will go towards the renovation and enhancement of the baking labs used by baking and pastry arts program students who come from all across Ontario. This will help ensure that students have the industry-standard instructional equipment to enable them to graduate career-ready.

    .A R C H I V E S

     Meetings held in previous years:

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


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    To contribute,  e-mail Valerie Knowles

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