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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



April 2019
The Galley
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Media Club of Ottawa
 Executive  2018-19
President,  June Coxon
Secretary-Treasurer.Iris ten Holder
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Board of Directors: June Coxon,  Iris ten Holder,  Helen Bednarek Van Eyk
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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.

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Membership Fee $60

Non-residents $25

Students $10



Program
2018-2019

Tuesday, September 18
Topic: Travel Writing Today. Panelists: travel writers Susan Korah, Susan Hallett, Peter Johansen, Laura Byrne Paquet. Where: Honeywell Room.
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Tuesday, October 23
Speaker: Ainalem Tebeje
Topic:
My Love Story In Broken English

 Where: Honeywell Room, Ottawa City Hall. Time: 6 pm- 8 pm.l
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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.

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December 2018
Social  Event
Lunch at the Lord Elgin Hotel and silent auction fundraiser
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February 19, 2019
Margaret Graham Award Presentation

Guest Speaker: Alberte Villeneuve Sinclair, author and newspaper columnist
Honeywell Room,Ottawa City Hall

March 19 2019

Alexandra Pope, digital editor, Canadian Geographic and Canadian Geographic Travel
Billings Room, Ottawa City Hall

April 23, 2019

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

May 21, 2019
Topic: Science Journalism, Speaker: Kathryn O’Hara, adjunct research professor, Carleton University.
Billings Room, Ottawa City Hall

June 15, 2019
AGM - Speaker:
Deanna Young, English Poet Laureate,
Lord Elgin Hotel, Mackenzie Room

Program suggestions for the 2019-2020 season 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 2018 were Illiyana Shoushounova of Algonquin College and Connor Oke of Carleton University

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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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This Month: The Importance of Press Freedom,

Speakers: Anna Desmarais and Susan Korah

Anna Desmarais is a producer/on-air contributor with CTV Ottawa,  Newstalk 580 CFRA, and a freelance parliamentary correspondent.

An early career professional journalist, Anna had worked for Newsrooms across the country and around the world, with bylines for CBC News, Bloomberg BNA, TRT World News, Toronto Star, iPolitics, Global News, and the Ottawa Citizen. Her career took her to Toronto, Kathmandu, and Edmonton before she landed back in her hometown in 2018.

Anna,  still a recent graduate of Carleton University’s Bachelor of Journalism program (2017) hopes to become a foreign correspondent who covers the world’s most pressing global issues.

Between shifts Anna spends all her time outside either in Gatineau Park on her bike or with family and friends. You can also find her volunteering with the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, Junior Chamber International and helping to resettle student refugees with WUSC Canada.



Susan Korah
Susan Korah is a journalist with a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University. Currently a freelancer, she has had over 20 years’ experience in journalism, and writes on a range of topics from national and international politics, to travel and culture. Her travel stories have been published in Taste and Travel and Travel International, Epoch Times, Travel Post Monthly and her own blog https://susaninwanderland.wordpress.com/ She has been invited on FAM (familiarization) trips to several countries including Turkey, Taiwan, Luxembourg and Ireland.
Susan has been a board member of the Canadian Committee for Press Freedom since 2008.


Dates to watch:  

May 3, 2019

Press Freedom Day
The anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. The Windhoek Declaration for the Development of a Free, Independent and Pluralistic Press, short: Windhoek Declaration is a statement of press freedom principles by African newspaper journalists in 1991
https://www.un.org/en/events/pressfreedomday



June 15, 2019

Deanna Young, English Ottawa Poet Laureate, will speak at Media Club of Ottawa Annual General Meeting and Brunch on June 15, 2019 at the Lord Elgin Hotel. Click here to see Deanna Young's web site.



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Remembering

David John George French
Margaret Virany (1933-2018)

Jean Portugal (-2018)
Rosaleen Dickson (1921-2018) *
Henry Heald (1929 - 2016) *
Mike Heenan (1942-2014)
Borgny Pearson (1920-2014)
Olive Dickason (1920-2011)
Ethel Jean Southworth (1923-2008)
Melba Lent Woelfle (1910-2004)
Gladys Arnold (1905-2002)

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A R C H I V E S
 Meetings held in previous years:

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


2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18

 

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Award Programs

The Margaret Graham Award
is awarded yearly in November to students at Algonquin College and Carleton University
http://ottawacitizen.remembering.ca/obituary/margaret-virany-1070516864
 Recipients for 2017 were Rebecca Atkinson of Algonquin College and Gabrielle Van Looyen of Carleton University

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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

23 April  2019

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The Importance of Press Freedom,

Speakers:

Susan Korah 

and 

Anna Desmarais

Billings Room, Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Ave, West. Ottawa
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Coffee, tea and treats
Admission $10 

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)

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Previous Meetings

19 March 2019

Speaker

Alexandra Pope,

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Digital editor, Canadian Geographic and Canadian Geographic Travel

Alexandra Pope is the digital editor of Canadian Geographic and Canadian Geographic Travel. She previously inaugurated the role of social media coordinator at The Weather Network and was a reporter for weekly print newspapers. A digital native, she is keenly interested in new forms of storytelling and the role and responsibilities of journalism in our connected age.

19 February 2019

Margaret Graham Award Presentation

Connor Oke of Carleton University and Iliyana Shoushounova of Algonquin College received the Margaret Graham Award Certificate and a cheque.

Guest Speaker was

Alberte Villeneuve

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Photo Credit: Baico Publshing

Alberte Villeneuve, author and newspaper columnist, discussed her writing experiences and brought copies of her latest book

More information 

 

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13 November 2018

Newsboy

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

23 October 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.

18 September 2018 

The Pros and Cons of Travel Writing

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

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Meetings and Social Events held during 2017-2018

(in progress)






Last update: April 2, 2019


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

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