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.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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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

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 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

The Globe and Mail, November. 19,  201 5, page B9  - Learning Untethered - Universities and colleges take steps to respond to student demand for mobile education. "As a student in her second year of a two-year accelerated massage therapy program at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ont., Lynette Hyatt's main work tools are her hands, her practical knowledge of anatomy -  and increasingly her iPad," writes Suzanne Bowness.

Her article goes on to explain that "Lambton's move to mobile began with enhancing its WiFi capability, equipping classrooms with interactive whiteboards and Apple TVs, and embracing a mobile version of D2L, the school's learning management platform, as well as a set of apps."

The five-column article  describes similar mobile initiatives at other universities and colleges and quotes a professor at the Centre for Distance Education, who has published many books on mobile, saying institutions need to prepare for big changes. "Students today and in upcoming generations are very mobile literate so we'd  better make sure our courses can be delivered on mobile devices," he says.November 16, 2015

November 14, 2015, The Globe and Mail, page R12. Break the News is the title of a five-column book review of John Stackhouse's book Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution. The review, written by Clive Thompson, is subtitled 'It's no secret the media industry is in turmoil. But could the sorry have been different?'

".....As former Globe editor-in-chief, John Stackhouse reports in his new book, when the paper analyzed its online traffic, they found that fully 40 percent of the paper is read by fewer than 1,000 people," writes Thompson. "This benighted, much-ignored category includes baseball, tennis and theatre reviews - basically, a lot of arts and culture coverage...... Why is this cultural category so I'll-read?, he asks. "There are a lot of factors at work, but partly because the Internet is abrim with commentary, some of it extremely good....."

Clive Thompson is the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing  Our Minds for the Better.

Enormous Response Follows Publication of French Version of The Sweet Sixteen

An e-mail from Linda Kay says the French version of her book, The Sweet Sixteen, was published this past March. Elles Etaient Seize has had an enormous response in Quebec. It was favourably reviewed on the front page of the book section of Le Devoir; the Radio-Canada program Medium-Large devoted 19 minutes to the book and ended by saying that it should be made into a mini-series. Linda also had many requests by French languages outlets for interviews.

She reports that the response on the French side has been more enthusiastic than on the English side, perhaps “because the French are meticulous about preserving their cultural history — patrimoine is key.“

Elles Etaient Seize, was  translated by University of Montreal Press, and printed by l’université de Montréal, 2015. Website –

After The Sweet Sixteen: The Journey that Inspired the Canadian Women’s Press Club, was published by McGill-Queens University Press, 2012 the Media Club held a book launch at the City of Ottawa Archives. Copies of the book can be purchased from your executive.

October 20, 2015

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.

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.

Anne Dickason interviews June Coxon 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

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

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    Decmber 12, 2015

    Members and Friends


    the Media Club of Ottawa



    Lord Elgin Hotel, Mackenzie Room

    10.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.


    Fundraiser for

    Melba Lent Woelflé Award Fund

    Bring a small gift for the auction

    Inquiries and
    RSVP:  613 521-4855
                 613 727-7237 

    November 16, 2015

    Journalism in Aboriginal



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


    Margaret Graham Award presentation
    by Joe Banks to Amelia Buchanan


    ResearchTips for Writers
    at the Media Club of Ottawa
    presented on October 26, 2015

    Kirsten Smith

    Kirsten_Smith 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.

    A short report about her talk will be printed here soon.

    Fundraising - How it's Done

    An interesting evening with

    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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