The Media Club of
"Penning the Future"
and Archives Canada
The Executive:of the Media CLub of
March 2007 - June 2008
Susan Korah (on sabbatical); Acting President: Shannon Lee Mannion; Immediate
Past President: Rosemary Tayler; Treasurer:
Iris ten Holder; Program Director: June Coxon;
Publicity Committee: Mike Heenan and Saema Nasir;
Advisors: Rosaleen Dickson, Wayne Kines, and Deva Marie Beck
to right: June Coxon, Jessica Goodfellow, Susan Korah, Iris ten Holder, Rosemary
Tayler and Past Pesident Margaret Virany (standing at right).
About our student
Students from the University of
Ottawa have taken course assignments that involved volunteering for the
Media Club of Ottawa. Meet some of them here.
Jenn Dumoulin is a
fourth year student at the University of Ottawa. and will be graduating
in April with an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a major in
Communications and minor in business administration. Jenn
primarily in Ottawa, and currently resides in Westboro.
is interested in pursuing a career in either advertising or
analysis. Throughout her time at the University of Ottawa, she has
developed an interest in marketing, from both an academic and practical
perspective, and in national security policy analysis. volunteered to
be team leader for a survey design,
implementation, and analysis project in the course CMN3102:
Quantitative Methods. The course focuses on survey design,
implementation, and analysis. Jenn has chosen the
Media CLub of Ottawa for this survey.
Part of the program is learning to use a statistical
software program which will assist in the analysis portion of the
survey assignment. The team consists of seven other students,
whom are also Communications students.
The Skeleton Behind The Bones
On March 12, 2008, Frances Itani,
a multi- award
winning writer, spent an evening with the Media Club
of Ottawa members
and guests to talk about her recent novel, Remembering
Frances really lives her stories and lives among her characters.
She goes to extreme efforts in her research to know all about
her characters. She even learned sign language
because she wanted to know what it would be like to be deaf.
She still donates part of her speaking fees to charities
benefiting the deaf..
The many questions asked showed how she was able to involve her
audience and share with them her commitment to an honest writing
experience. For some of her books the research materials can fill a
small room, but she was proud to show that the research
material for her latest book fitted between the finger and thumb of one
She also pointed out that although some characters may tend to want to
take over, it is imperative that the writer maintain
control. .Yet she
admitted that the transition from one book to another would have to be
mastered, this again being part of the writer needing to maintain
control over the process.
Clearly Frances was a true inspiration for the fiction writers in her audience.The
fact that it is all right, and even desirable, that a character starts
to leads its own life was a comfort to one first-time