Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, April 27, 6 to 8 pm


We are pleased to announce that Laura-Julie Perreault, International News Editor at La Presse and member of the advisory board of the Montreal Press Club, will be the keynote speaker at our Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, April 27, 6 to 8 pm. Ms. Perreault is a former Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as a former foreign correspondent who has reported from over 35 countries on subjects ranging from the Tunisian Revolution and the Chechen War to the famine in Somalia. She is a recipient of both the Canadian National Newspaper Award and the Amnesty International Award.

Please join us for an exceptional evening of networking and camaraderie at Hurley’s Pub located at 1225 Crescent Street, south of St. Catherine Street (2nd floor). Doors open at 5:30 pm. MPC meeting begins at 6 pm. Keynote begins at 7 pm. RSVP: 514-974-1119.

President’s Message

The MPC has enjoyed another exceptional year! Fresh off the success of the McGill Tribune Journalism and Media Conference (March 7-11), as well as providing sponsorship for the Concordia CBC News summer internship in London, the Montreal Press Club is looking forward to expanding its highly successful monthly Distinguished Speaker Series (co-hosted with UCM, MIGS, CIC as well as IRPP), providing more mentoring and networking opportunities for our members, and working with our Advisory Board (Lucinda Chodan, Terry Mosher, Peter McConnell, Terry Mosher, Laura-Julie Perreault, and Beryl Wajsman) on securing more strategic partnerships moving forward.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, April 27th, any time after 5:30 pm. Annual dues can be paid at the reception desk. And don’t forget to bring your business card to qualify for one of several door prizes!

Linda Renaud, MPC President

NOTE: The MPC will hold a business meeting from 6-6:45 pm PRIOR to Ms. Perreault’s talk. This member-only business meeting will deal with annual elections. Please note that nominations will be accepted from the floor. For election details please call MPC Treasurer, Tracey Arial, at 514-245-1945

Wednesday, January 20, 5 to 7pm: Where’s Montreal without a vibrant press?



Journal de Montreal Managing Editor George Kalogerakis leads a conversation about the future of daily journalism, key investigations underway in Montreal, and a scarcity of media talent at the University Club

Since its birth in the 1960s, Le Journal de Montréal has focussed almost exclusively on the three S’s –sang, sexe, sport. But the populist tabloid has changed dramatically in the past 15 years. It still wants to be the ‘people’s paper,’ but now puts more emphasis on investigations and uncovering government waste.

Le Journal set up a sting operation to catch pedophiles targeting pre-teens on the Web, a first in Quebec. It tested 200 sushi shops and fish stores to show retailers selling fish under incorrect names. It described how a Quebec family manipulated multiple contests across Canada to win them all.

Mr. Kalogerakis, who was hired away from the Gazette in 2005, will describe these investigations in detail. He’ll also talk about how Le Journal still sees a vibrant future in print. Despite tough times in the media business, the paper’s looking for people with the ‘guts’ and ‘brains’ to look into corruption and crime on the heels of the revelations of the Charbonneau Commission

Cost: $25

Location: University Club of Montreal

Dress Code: Business Casual

Canapes will be served.

Please note that this event will be conducted in both English and French. RSVP through 514-288-0201, or



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Holiday Cocktail, Thursday, December 17, 5@7, University Club


Dear Colleagues,

Please join me to celebrate the holiday season as well as the end of another year of accomplishments for the Montreal Press Club, which continues to excel at providing exceptional networking opportunities for its members as well as mentoring services to local journalists.
This celebration is being held at the University Club of Montreal which opened its doors to the MPC three years ago. Since then we have proudly co-hosted dozens of memorable events including a coveted Distinguished Speakers Series on timely, hot-bed issues. Recent headliners range from the Honourable Irwin Cotler on representing political prisoners to award-winning Montreal writer Heather O’Neill (Daydreams of Angels/Harper Collins).
I look forward to receiving you on Thursday evening. Canapés are complimentary. Drinks by credit card. Following the cocktail you are invited to stay for a Traditional Christmas Dinner.


Warmest regards,
Linda Renaud, President
Montreal Press Club
Cercle des journalistes


FIS Irish Writers Evening, Monday, December 14th, 5:30 pm, Hurley’s Irish Pub, 1225 Crescent The Federation of Irish Societies presents the Irish Writers’ Evening


The evening will feature: Peter Kirby, Denis Sampson, and Alan Hustak. Come hear from three fine Montreal Irish writers, and enjoy a pint at Happy Hour prices alongside complimentary finger food!

Monday, December 14th, 2015 5:307:30 p.m.
Hurley’s Irish Pub 1225 Crescent Street

Hope to see you there!


iPolitics is looking for a few top-notch journalists to help us cover politics across Canada.

We are seeking:

  • Legislative reporter(s) – British Columbia (Vancouver and Victoria)
  • Legislative reporter(s) – Alberta (Edmonton and Calgary)
  • Legislative reporter(s) – Ontario (Queens Park and Toronto City Hall)
  • Legislative reporter(s) – Quebec (Quebec City and Montreal City Hall) (*)
    • (*) Bilingualism is essential for this position

Successful candidates must possess excellent writing and research skills, have a proven ability to cover complex political and public policy issues. Energy, enthusiasm and the ability to deliver excellent writing on tight deadlines are the attributes that will distinguish successful applicants from the pack. Because of the lone-wolf nature of these positions, successful candidates will have to be self-starters and able to work remotely with colleagues.

  • Social Media and Wire Editor(s)

Our new social media and wire editor(s) must possess strong writing skills and a superior understanding of all things social media. He/she can be located anywhere in the world, but must be well versed in the features and advantages of all mainstream social media platforms and have a substantial familiarity with most new, emerging and fringe platforms. To be successful, an editor must possess sharp news judgment, be able to make good news decisions quickly, and deliver thoughtful content on tight deadlines.

  • Digital producer

Our new digital producer will have a passion for journalism and bringing the news to life with engaging story presentation and interactive graphics. Ideally, the successful candi-date will have an understanding of the politics and personalities that keep Ottawa hum-ming. We’re looking for someone who is more than a technician — someone with a jour-nalist’s curiosity and a designer’s creativity, a keen eye for detail and an ability to deliver on demanding deadlines. Candidates’ technical skills must include a strong knowledge of Photoshop, HTML5 and CSS3 programming languages, and UX principles.

  • Salespeople

A news organization runs on its ad sales and subscriptions; iPolitics is no different. We are seeking individuals with a strong drive to succeed, experience in media sales (print, digital and magazine) and strong leadership and communication skills, plus a solid knowledge of Canadian politics and the industries that serve Canada’s governments.

Please send letters, C.V.s and representative samples of your work to:

ATTN: Emily Francis
Or,17 York Street, Suite 201
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 5S7

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We thank you in advance for your interest. We will endeavour to respond to all applicants, but please understand that it might take a while.

James Baxter
Founding Editor

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