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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 at Ottawa City Hall, Honeywell Room
110 Laurier Ave West
The Galley  Books by members About Awards Members News

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 Award presentation
City Hall

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

28 February 2015
The New Reporter
Panel: Stephen Maher, Glen McGregor, Andrew Pinsent
Algonquin College

23 March 2015
-Margaret Graham Award 
-Aboriginal Film Making
Speaker: Howard Adler
City Hall

 27 April 2015
Is Crowd-Supported Journalism Viable
Speaker: Joe Banks
City Hall

25 May 2015
How Magazine and Newspaper Articles Help Sell Your Book 
Speaker: Doris-Maria 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 May 25, 2015 the Media Club of Ottawa presents

‘How Magazine and Newspaper Articles Help Sell Your Book’

Doris-Maria Heilmann

Guest Speaker:

Doris-Maria Heilmann,

.Publishing and book marketing consultant and author of

Book Marketing on a Shoestring



Billings Room, City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Ave W.

 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.  
Journalism students (ID) free,
Media Club and CAJ members  $15
Non-members $20

RSVP  613 521-4855
before May 22


Report on April meeting at City Hall

Media Club Explores Viability of Crowd-Funded Journalism

by June Coxon

When Joe Banks spoke to the Media Club at Ottawa City Hall on April 27 about whether or not crowd-funded journalism is viable, he talked about his experience with GoJournalism as well as other crowd-funding sites.

He noted that before GoJournalism started, he spoke with those running SpotUs, a journalism crowd-funding site in San Francisco, about how something similar could be done in Ottawa. When GoJournalism was launched in 2012, it was patterned after SpotUs. Unfortunately neither SpotUs nor GoJournalism exist today.

“Spot us was the first crowd-sourcing site for journalist in the world,” said Joe. “But even that site eventually closed and when it did GoJournalism lost its technical support.”

Joe told the audience that in 2012 he took a one-year sabbatical from his job as professor of journalism at Algonquin College to devote all of his time to the GoJournalism project. During that year he spoke with professional journalists and prospective contributors. We were agents not publishers.” Although at one point there were 320 people on the GoJournalism mailing list and a number of good stories were funded, after four years only three stories had been funded by media.

“People didn’t understand the concept,” Joe said. “The main press was skeptical and freelancers were afraid that if they posted their story idea someone would steal it. All it takes is for one or two people to be skeptical and word gets around on social media. If you don’t have buy-in from all parties you won’t be successful.”

Crowd-funding sites exploded about two years ago and Joe referred to some of them. He mentioned the granddaddy of crowd-funding – Kickstarter ( – where some journalism projects have been funded. He also noted other sites like Beacon (, Contributoria ( and CanadaLand ( where Jesse Brown reports on media. He mentioned, too, StittsvilleCentral ( which is run by Glen Gower, and the National Crowd Funding Association of Canada ( 

Although there was no consensus about how viable crowd-sourced journalism is there were a number of questions from the audience after Joe’s PowerPoint presentation, among them “was GoJournalism ahead of its time?”

 As a follow-up to our meeting Joe Banks was interviewed the following day on CBC Radio One’s morning show discussing crowd-funded journalism.

  • Report on February workshop at Algonquin College

    The New Reporter,
    Digital Skills for Traditional Media
    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..

    An article in J-Source covering the workshop focused on  the  use of social media,  Facebook and Twitter in particular, as sources of information.
     Click here to read their report of the meeting


    Report on March meeting at City Hall

    Aboriginal Film Making and the Asinabka Festival

    by Henry Heald.

    Addressing the Club's meeting at Ottawa City Hall on March 23, aboriginal film maker Howard Adler encouraged Media Club members to attend the Asinabka Festival in Ottawa in August. He 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 
    on Victoria Island, beginning August 19 and continuing both on the island and in Gallery 101 on Young Street at Champagne.  Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

    After graduating in Canadian Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, Adler 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.




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