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 
 March 2017
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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
Ian McKercher
at Ottawa City Hall

 24 April 2017
at Ottawa City Hall
The Parliamentary Press Gallery
Manon Cornellier, editorial board member at Le Devoir and Josh Wingrove, reporter, Bloomberg News.

29 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:

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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

Past Events

On February 4, 2017
The Media Club of Ottawa presented:
Workshop on Non-traditional and Alternative Journalism Jobs
Panelists: Algonquin graduates 
Christina Davies, Callum Fraser, Patrick Jodoin and Michael Timmermans
at Algonquin College

Live Stream Video

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

A Writing and Publication Journey

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.

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.

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

 Guest Speaker:
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.
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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

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Next Event

On March 20, 2017

The Media Club of Ottawa presents:

Ian McKercher

Columnist at the Glebe Report


20 March, 2017

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

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Journalism students (ID) free.
Media Club 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  by March 17 

About Ian McKercher

Ian McKercher was born in London, Ontario, attended Queen’s University and moved to Ottawa in 1969 to teach English at Glebe Collegiate. While at Glebe, he developed and taught a high school journalism course that published a newspaper (the Novae Res) every two weeks.

After retirement, he became a regular columnist at the Glebe Report, a community monthly, and has published over 100 articles during the last 15 years.

He has a strong interest in local history and was the archivist of the Glebe Historical Society for 20 years.

His first historical fiction novel, The Underling was published in 2012. The sequel, The Incrementalist, came out in 2016. Both books are set in Ottawa in the 1930s and revolve around the exploits of Frances McFadden, a secretary hired to help get the Bank of Canada up and running. The novels are multi-layered, and deal with the coming of age of a young woman, a national institution, and Canada itself.

His writing flows from a belief that Canada has an esteemed but undiscovered history that is ripe for acknowledgement.


Past Events (cont'd)

 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.   
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