The Media Club               Quillpen
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 at Ottawa City Hall, Honeywell Room
110 Laurier Ave West
The Galley  Books by members About Awards Program

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
Annual membership fee for the Media Club of Ottawa $60 



22 September
Meet and Greet
City Hall

October 2014
Community Papers
City Hall

November 2014
Margaret Graham Awards presentation
City Hall

December 2014
Macies Best Western
Carling Av., Ottawa, ON

28 February 2015
Algonquin College

23 March 2015
Margaret Graham Awards presentation
Speaker: Howard Adler
City Hall

 27 April 2015
City Hall

25 May 2015
Speaker: Doris-Marie Heilmann
City Hall

June  2015
AGM and Social

Program suggestions are welcome


Award Programs:

Margaret Graham Journalism Award
Awarded to students at the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and Carleton University

Melba Lent Woelflé Journalism Award
Awarded to a student at Algonquin College


 Meetings held in previous years:

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


On Monday April 27, 2015 the Media Club of Ottawa will explore the question

Is Crowd-Supported Journalism Viable?

 GoJournalism, a non-profit crowd funding project, owned and operated by the Algonquin College Journalism program, was founded in 2010.

. Inspired by the successful publically-funded journalism model operating in San Francisco, California at , GoJournalism enabled the public to commission journalists to report on important and perhaps overlooked topics. Journalists, in turn, could pitch stories they hoped would be funded by the public or mainstream news organizations. All proceeds went toward paying journalists to complete stories.

The Canadian project never really took off. This year director of GoJournalism Joe Banks, who is also coordinator/professor of the Algonquin Journalism, program regretfully discontinued GoJournalism.


Honeywell Room,City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Ave W.

 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Journalism students (ID) free,
Media Club and CAJ members  $15
Non-members $20

RSVP  before  April 25


by Henry Heald.

Howard Adler, an aboriginal film maker, encouraged Media Club members to attend the Asinabka Festival in Ottawa in August. Addressing the Club's meeting at Ottawa City Hall, Adler showed several short videos demonstrating the skills of First Nations youth in presenting their culture.

The film festival, which has been going for several years, takes place this year over five days beginning August 19 on Victoria Island, continuing both on the island and in Gallery 101 on Young Street at Champagne.  Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Adler graduated in Canadian Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa.  He has worked - and won awards for his work - in various media both as a writer and an artist.  In 2009 he won the Aboriginal Youth Writing Challenge with his script for the video "Johnny Seven Fires".

Acting President Iris ten Holder opened the meeting by introducing Christine Ackerley, the Margaret Graham Award winner from Careton University, who is double majoring in journalism and communications. Christine showed a video documentary she had made recently in the Glebe, interviewing an artist who has made paintings of several older homes in the area and those who had commissioned the artwork. Helen Bednarek van Eyk presented  the Margaret Graham Award for 2014/15 to Christine, who accepted the award and thanked the club.

Christine plans to do post graduate studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.  Her interest in journalism began when she was editor of her high school newspaper.  At Carleton she has been a member of the Debate Team and Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.

  • The New Reporter
    On February 28, 2015,  the Media Club presented: a workshop: The New Reporter, Digital Skills for Traditional Media, with Stephen Maher, author, journalist and columnist at Post Media News; Glen McGregor, journalist, Ottawa Citizen; and Andrew Pinsent, producer/reporter 1310 radio.

    Stephen Maher spoke with enthusiasm about database journalism, showing how a database can provide journalists with ample opportunities to create a story based on factual data. With Glen McGregor he has presented a course on this subject at Algonquin College.

    Glen McGregor dealt with Twitter, both as a source of news and a provider of news for journalists, making instant reporting possible. Glen used Twitter, for example, to report an accident, tweeting each new development as it happened. Whether that is viable as a source of income seemed to be uncertain.

    Andrew Pinsent gave his views from the perspective of a radio broadcaster, adding that since radio has become accessible on the web. it is no longer limited to sound only; web pages offer the opportunity to show video and the written word as well.

    There was great interest on the part of the audience, which for the major part consisted of students, and a lively discussion ensued. Joe Banks chaired the meeting.

    The participants and Joe Banks received as a gift the book The Sweet Sixteen by Linday Kay of Concordia University, a story about the sixteeen women journalists who founded the Canadian Women's Press Club (now the Media Club) in 1904. The book  was written following the Centennial Celebration of the Media Club in 2004,.which took place in Ottawa at Library and Archives Canada..


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

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