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of Ottawa

.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 
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Club History
Lindsay Lambert's Magic :
Cyril Dabydeen
Margaret Virany
Wayne Kines
Mini Biographies
Dawn Monroe

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Media Club of Ottawa
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

23 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 2015

Algonquin College

21 March 2015

Ottawa City Hall

 18 April 2015

Ottawa City Hall

16 May 2015
Speaker: Doris-Maria Heilmann
Topic: The difference between real & vanity publishing
Ottawa City Hall

June 2016

Program suggestions for next year are welcome


In the News

September 26

La Presse 
Job Cuts over the next three months

“La Presse to eliminate 158 jobs" is the headline in an article in yesterday's Globe and Mail. The item on page 5 of the Report on Business Section said, in part "eight days after La Presse announced it will stop publishing its weekday print edition in January, proclaiming its digital transformation a success, the newspaper said it is cutting 158 jobs over the next three months ...... La Presse has pledged to continue publishing its Saturday print edition, even as it focuses on the tablet version ..... The cuts include 43 newsroom jobs, 35-40 circulation staff,  plus customer service representatives, managers and temporary hires.

June Coxon Interviewed for Olive Dickason Biography

On a warm sunny day late in August, instead of interviewing someone myself,  I spent a pleasant morning being interviewed by Anne Dickason, recalling time spent with her mother, Olive Dickason, a long-time Canadian Women's Press Club/Media Club (CWPC/MC) member.

 Olive's biography is being written by award winning author Darren R. Prefontaine, who is also a curriculum development officer at the the Gabriel Dumont Institute of  Native Studies and Applied Research (GDI), in Saskatoon. The author anticipates  his book may be ready for publication around this time next year. Anne is interviewing some people in the Ottawa area who knew her mother for the author. The day Anne and I met she mentioned she had interviewed former long time CCPC/MC member, Jacquie Cernat Mattieu.  If you would like more information about GDI,  the website is

Olive Dickason

Susan Korah wrote: 

"This is sad news.  Please share with Media Club members. You would probably remember Marguerite (McDonald).  I remember going with you to a tea party (at) the Press Club when we had such a thing. Marguerite sang a couple of songs in her beautiful voice."

Wayne and Deva in town

Out-of-town Media Club member Wayne Kines  and his wife Deva were in town briefly and had tea at June Coxon's home Sept. 2 with Media Club members and spouses Marg and Tom Virany, Iris and Wim ten Holder and Henry Heald. Co-incidentally Wayne and Deva were celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary that day.

Highlights from last season:

The Magic Lantern

On Saturday June 27, 2015 the Media Club of Ottawa presented The Magic Lantern Show by Prof. M. Lindsay Lambert at the Ottawa Municipal Library followed by lunch and AGM at the Lord Elgin Restaurant.
 Lindsay Lambert, who has a degree in theatre. used some of his more than 150 glass slides, dating from 1860-1910,  bringing the 19th century magic lantern sow back to life in a new and interesting way. As his website notes, ‘The magic lantern was the first communications technology directed at a mass audience.

Invented in 1650, the device became more and more sophisticated with technological developments.  By the middle of the 19th Century, magic lantern shows were drawing audiences around the world….”
To learn more about Lindsay Lambert.

 – www.mlindsaylambert.

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

2015 Award Presentations at Algonquin College
On June 3, 2015 Donald Teuma Castelletti received the Melba Lent Woelflé Journalism Award at Algonquin College during their yearly award event, Magnifique.

Award Programs:

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

  •  Next Meeting

    October 26, 2015

    Guest Speaker:
    Kirsten Smith. Past President C.A.J

    Research Tips for Writers

    Where: Billings Room, Ottawa City Hall
    110 Laurier Ave., West, Ottawa. 

    When: October 26, 2015

    613 521-4855
    before Oct. 24 

    An interesting evening with

    Fundaising - How it's Done


    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 


    Help build the Media Club's "Melba Lent Woelflé Scholarship Fund."
    To contribute,  e-mail Valerie Knowles

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