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Media Club 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 second-last or last Tuesday of the month

February 2019
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Media Club of Ottawa
 Executive  2017-18
President,  June Coxon
Secretary-Treasurer.Iris ten Holder

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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 or online? The Media Club of Ottawa is accepting new members. Meetings are open to non-members so join us. The meeting fee of $10 will be deducted from the membership fee upon joining. Membership forms are available at the meeting. For added convenience, the membership application form is also available for downloading by clicking the link below.
Membership Application
Membership Fee $60


Tuesday, September 18
Topic: Travel Writing Today. Panelists: travel writers Susan Korah, Susan Hallett, Peter Johansen, Laura Byrne Paquet. Where: Honeywell Room.

Tuesday, October 23
Topic: Online Marketing - The Power of Social Media. Panelists: Laura Banks, Brand Engagement Officer, CARE Canada; Andrea Banks, Digital Community Manager, Giant Tiger. Where: Honeywell Room, Ottawa City Hall. Time: 6 pm- 8 pm.l

Tuesday, November 13
Speaker: Bill Fairbairn, Editor emeritus, Riverview Park Review community newspaper; journalist with experience on three continents; author of Newsboy - Adventures From a Life in Journalism. Where: Honeywell Room, Ottawa City Hall. Time: 6 pm-8 pm.

December 2018

Lunch at the Lord Elgin Hotel and silent auction fundraiser.

February 19, 2019
Billings Room, Ottawa City Hall
March 19 2019
Billings Room, Ottawa City Halll

  April 23, 2019
Topic: The Importance of Press Freedom, Speakers: Susan Korah and Anna Desmarais
Billings Room, Ottawa City Hall

May 2019

Topic: Science Journalism, Speaker: Kathryne O’Hara, adjunct research professor, Carleton
Billings Room, Ottawa City Hall

June 2019
a Saturday social event

Program suggestions are welcome
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Award Programs

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

 Recipients for 2017 were Rebecca Atkinson of Algonquin College and Gabrielle Van Looyen of 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 2017 was Michael Clarke.

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Congratulations to Algonquin College

Congratulations to two Media Club student award winners who recently earned more awards! Nicole McCormick received two awards from the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) at a gala ceremony in Toronto on April 20. She won the best student news writing category and placed third in the student photography category. At the same event Rebecca Atkinson took third place for student feature writing and third place for the best college/university newspaper website. You’ll likely recall that our club presented Rebecca with a Margaret Graham Award in 2017. Nicole McCormick received our club’s Melba Lent Woelfle Award in 2016.

Congratulations to the Algonquin Times team as well. The newspaper reported in a story about the event that it set a record this year. It’s entitled Algonquin Times Sets Record at OCNA Awards, you can read the Times article at http:/

 Meetings held in previous years:

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


Olive Dickason Biography 

Darren Prefontaine, curriculum development officer at the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI), in Saskatoon, is writing Olive Dickason's biography and expects it to be printed in 2018. Watch for more news about this as it becomes available. Olive's portrait already hangs in the institute's art gallery and GDI also has an Olive Dickason Room. Olive's daughter, Anne, recently mentioned that the University of Alberta will be dedicated a room to her in 2017.




Award Programs

The Margaret Graham Award
is awarded yearly in November to students at Algonquin College and Carleton University
 Recipients for 2017 were Rebecca Atkinson of Algonquin College and Gabrielle Van Looyen of 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 2017 was Michael Clarke.


Next Meeting

February 19, 2019

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Reminder to bring

Membership fees for 2018-2019

New members are welcome

 Membership Application
Membership Fee $60

Non-residents $25

Students $10


Next Meeting

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Margaret Graham Award Presentation

Award nominees:  Connor Oke of Carelton University and Iliyana Shoushounova of ALgonquin College

Guest Speaker:

Alberte Villeneuve, author and newspaper columnist, will discuss her writing experiences and will bring copies of her latest book

Honeywell Room, Ottawa City Hall

110 Laurier Ave, West. Ottawa

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Coffee, tea and treats

Admission $10

Two books about the Canadian Women's Press Club (now the Media Club) will be available for purchase:

No daughter of Mine by Kay Rex $12

The Sweet Sixteen by Linda Kay ($20)


Previous Meetings

13 November 2018


Speaker: Bill Fairbairn, author of The Printer's Devil (2112),  On the Run in Africa (2015),  Newsboy (2016), and co-author of Germaroon 

Tuesday. October 23, 2018

The panel discussion scheduled for our October 23 meet had to be cancelled. Instead, Ainalem Tebeje, who has attended some of our meetings, has agreed to discuss her novel

My Love Story In Broken English 

Aina is a refugee of Ethiopian origin. She has worked as a journalist, reporter, correspondent and sub-editor as well as in several capacities for Canadian government departments

Tuesday, September 18. 2018 

The Pros and Cons of Travel Writing

Susan Hallett, Susan Korah, Peter Johansen and Laura Byrne Paquet


Meetings and Social Events held during 2017-2018

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Brunch at the Lord Elgin Restaurant,  tour of the Ottawa Art Gallery 

Speaker:Michael Wollock, publisher of community papers,  discussed his decision to start local papers after Metro stopped publishing

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Olive Dickason Evening

Speakers: Naomi Szigeti, granddaughter of former Media Club member the late Olive Dickason, and Brenda MacDougall, University of Ottawa Professordiscussed a two-day event held last Fall at the University of Alberta in Edmonton “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Olive Dickason - renowned historian, activist and Indigenous Leader. Photos and two talks from the event were shared, along with a 12-minute clip from a documentary film about Olive.


About Brenda Macdougall

Brenda Macdougall was appointed  Chair of Métis Research at the University of Ottawa in 2010 after working for over ten years in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Holding  a PhD in Native Studies she has been researching the history of various Metis communities in Canada for many years. 

Her first book  One of the Family: 
Metis Culture in Nineteenth Century Northwestern Saskatchewan
was published in 2010 and she was co-editor of Contours of a People: Metis Family, Mobility, and History.
In her role as research chair, Brenda has built a strong program of research in the connections between Metis families across the homeland. 

More recently, Brenda  and her colleagues created the Digital Archives Database Project, an online archive of transcribed historical records, with the support of the Métis and Non-Status Indian Relations Directorate. 



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Speaker: Dwayne Winseck, Carleton University journalism professor with a cross appointment at the Institute of Political Economy, award winning author and director of the Canadian Media Concentration Project. Report

Topic: The Canadian Media Concentration Project Explained

Tuesday March 20, 2018

Forty years publishing industry
Speaker:  Tim Gordon, Burnstown Publishing

Saturday, February 3, 2018

How to Make a Print- and Online Newspaper - Without Breaking the Bank

Workshop at Algonquin College

  • Theresa Fritz.  Metroland Media’s Managing Editor until January 2018.
  • Glen Gower, a communications and marketing professional,  owner/editor of, an independent news and information source for the Stittsville area.
  • Anita Murray, a career journalist with more than 25 years as an editor and writer at the Ottawa Citizen.
  • Patrick Langston.  a freelance writer at the Ottawa Citizen for 17 years.
Margaret Graham Awards Presentation to Gabrielle Van Looyen from Carleton University 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

David Mulholland discussed his latest book Chaudière Falls

Margaret Graham Awards Presentation to
Rebecca Atkinson from Algonquin College

Tuesday October 24, 2017

The Health of Ethnic Media

  • Czeslaw Piasta, editor, online newspaper Komunikaty Ottawskie
  • Myka Burk, host/producer award-winning/Peabody nominated German show on CHIN radio, and feature writer, Ottawa Life magazine
  • Jagjeet Sharma, co-host of Asian Sounds, CKCU radio; and
  • Waclaw Kujbida, producer of the Rogers television program, Polish Review.

Tuesday September 19, 2017

Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) and Right to Know Week.

Teejeshwara Sharma

Tejeshwar "TJ" Sharma,  Senior Advisor at Indigenous and Northern Affairs (INAC)  

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