Call for Nominations re: Board of Directors

Dear Colleagues,

Interested in working closely with local award winning journalists? Becoming more involved in your club’s networking events? Posting MPC news to social media?

Members are currently invited to apply for a position on our Board of Directors. Only Active Members in good standing and who have paid their 2016 dues are eligible to vote, run for office and second nominations.

Before the Annual General Meeting (AGM being held Tuesday, April 4, 6 to 8 pm), Board candidates are encouraged to submit to the MPC Secretary (email address below) a written statement of no more than 250 words that describes their background, the reason that they have decided to run, how they hope to benefit the club, as well as the name of another Montreal Press Club member who has agreed to second their nomination. Candidates are also invited to make a verbal statement (no more than two minutes) during the AGM, prior to voting. Yes, Board nominations may also be made from the floor.

VOTING

A vote will be conducted to fill the five positions becoming vacant on the Board of Directors.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The Board of Directors will meet to elect Officers for the coming year
after the conclusion of the AGM.

Note: Associate Members are also encouraged to attend the annual general meeting, but do not have voting privileges nor may they run for office or second a nomination.

A reminder that you can easily pay your dues online by clicking on
Renew

or by mailing a cheque in the amount of $35 to

Montreal Press Club
17 Valois Bay Avenue, Suite 200
Pointe Claire, Quebec
H9R 4B4

or by paying at the door (cash or cheque only) when you arrive at the AGM, which takes place at Mcgibbins Irish Pub, 1426 Bishop Street, on April 4 from 6 until 8 pm.

BTW should you need assistance preparing your nomination please don’t hesitate to call.

Signed,

Mathieu Paul Dumont
Secretary
Montreal Press Club

REPORTERS, EDITORS and SALES PROFESSIONALS WANTED at iPOLITICS.CA

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
jobs@ipolitics.ca
Or,17 York Street, Suite 201
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
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

Original link here

TODAY, October 26th, 2015 at 6:30pm – Election 2015: What does it all mean?

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Please join us to discuss and debate the consequences and repercussions of Canada’s 2015 federal election.

Moderated by Paul Wells from Maclean’s Magazine and co-sponsored by Concordia’s Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR) and the Department of Political Science, this post-election panel will draw on the expertise of a variety of prominent pundits and seasoned specialists of Canadian politics.

Panelists will include several of CBC’s Power and Politics panel guests: Ian Capstick (MediaStyle), John Duffy (StrategyCorp), and Tim Powers (Summa Strategies). Drawing on their election and campaign expertise as well as their extensive knowledge of politics in Canada, we will also welcome Dr. Brooke Jeffrey (Concordia University), Dr. Richard Johnston (University of British Columbia), and Dr. Lawrence LeDuc (University of Toronto).

Please RSVP here. Details below:

Election 2015: What does it all mean?

October 26th, 2015 at 6:30pm

Post-Election Panel co-sponsored by the Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR) and Concordia’s Department of Political Science

Concordia University
Hall Building 12th floor – H1220
1455 de Maisonneuve West

 

ONLY 5 SEATS LEFT: A discussion on Canada with Madelaine Drohan, of The Economist – Oct 29, 12-1:30 PM

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Madelaine Drohan is the Canadian correspondent for The Economist.  She has covered in depth the current federal election campaign.  Insightful and provocative, Madelaine is also the 2015 recipient of the Prime Ministers of Canada fellowship to investigate the following question:  Is there a future for serious journalism in Canada?

 

 

Details:

Food for Thought: “Brown Bag” Lunch with Madelaine Drohan,
Canadian Correspondent for The Economist

“Is Canada a Has-been Whose Best Days Are Behind It?”
Following the federal election, this roundtable discussion will focus on Canada and what the future might look like.

Thursday, October 29
12:00 – 1:30 pm
630 René Lévesque W, 22/F, Montreal

$20; brown bag luncheon served
STRICT LIMIT OF 25 PARTICIPANTS

Register here

 

Job Opening: Associate Producer at Global Montreal

 

Shaw is a family-oriented, Canadian owned business with over 14,000 employees across the country, providing services to more than 3 million customers with top quality cable TV, Internet, digital phone, direct-to-home satellite services, and programming including Global Television and 19 of the country’s most popular specialty channels.

At Shaw we believe a diverse workforce fosters diversity of thought and perspective, and more diversity means more solutions. We invite all qualified individuals to apply.

Career Opportunity: Associate Producer

The News Department has a full-time opening for an Associate Producer with the Global Montreal Office.

Reporting to the Senior Producer, Assistant News Director, the following is a paraphrase of the primary functions, but does not outline all of the duties and responsibilities that may be assigned to this position:

JOB DESCRIPTION:

• Write news copy for broadcast and web
•Screen video, select sound bites for broadcast and web
• Edit video for broadcast and web
• Research and gather elements for daily news and investigative stories
• Co-ordinate news reporting in the bureau with the website
• Participate in editorial discussions about news coverage
• Identify and co-ordinate the booking of guests for all Global News programs
•Suggest story and interview topics on a daily basis
•Produce remote hits as required
•Suggest story and interview topics on a daily basis
•Liaise with Resources Desk, MMC producers and other Global News stations as required

QUALIFICATIONS:
The ideal candidate will have the following:

• Degree or Diploma in Broadcast Journalism program.
• Three years editorial experience in a newsroom environment.
• Previous experience writing or associate producing for television news.
• Must have a good news sense with solid writing and research skills.
• Strong news writing skills and an ability to work quickly and efficiently under tight deadlines.
• Must have excellent people skills and be able to work in a team environment.
• Ability to work under pressure.
• Must have first-hand experience using a BlackBerry, iPhone or Android device on a daily basis.
• Working knowledge of new media tools and technologies (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc), and related applications
•Be able and willing to work irregular hours, overtime as needed

If you value a workplace that promotes accountability, exemplifies loyalty, never compromises integrity and has a strong social conscience then start your career with us by applying now.

 


Link to Application page

October 19th, 6pm: Quebec Writers’ Federation, English Language Arts Network, and the Montreal Press Club meet-up

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Come join members of the English Language Arts Network and the Quebec Writers’ Federation for a networking event (Facebook event) organized alongside the Montreal Press Club. Artists, media professionals, and arts lovers of all disciplines are more than welcome to attend. There will be happy hour prices and finger food to accompany the lively conversation (whether, on that fateful October 19 day, Federal election-related or no).

The first ten to write to admin@quebec-elan.org will receive one minute to plug a recent or upcoming publication, project, or event to a captive audience of arts-loving attendees. You’ll be asked to offer a small door prize to the audience, too – almost anything goes. Get in touch to reserve your spot!

Monday October 19, 6:00 pm
Irish Embassy Pub & Grill Montreal, 1234 Bishop
Cost: free

Apply for the Globe & Mail’s 2016 summer program

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Aspiring journalists and hardened student reporters, want to work in Toronto at one of the nation’s top newspapers? Check out the Globe’s summer program, which looks to hire paid, young talent for a large variety of roles:

These are fully paid jobs and not internships. We are seeking freelance writers and editors, experienced journalists from other organizations, recent graduates or students in their graduating year.

Interested? Apply by October 30th at the Globe’s site.

Paul the intern’s final blog post

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Dear MPC members,

It’s been a blast! My internship here at the press club has come to an end, and I leave you with my final post.

I’d like to start off by thanking those of you who mentored me throughout this experience.

Linda, press club president, took me under her wing and showed me what it is to be a true journalist. Riffing off the news as a journalist is one of the many things she taught me this summer. Never rushing a story—ensuring its content is up to snuff before sending it to publication.

Ilia Blinderman, the Big Apple connection, tutored me in how to extract the most newsworthy information out of a story—”what affects people the most?”

Not to mention the fact that he was, and is, a crucial component of the Student Planning Committee.

On that note, I’d like to thank Katrya and Shrinkhala for taking part in our ongoing venture as well. I commend them for showing up to our weekly early morning coffee shop pow wows!

Celine Cooper: another essential SPC member. She’s shown us the way in regards to how were going to put on our student-oriented events. Her industry experience and strong connections were sort of what we were missing in our committee. We’re extremely excited about the great events we plan on putting on this fall  with her help. Some big names have shown interest, now it’s just a question of when and where.

Tracey Arial, thank you for your help on my latest story, which you can find here. This article I wrote about ongoing negotiations between Concordia and its teaching assistant union was, by far, the hardest story I’ve ever written. At one point I thought it would be the end of me!

Dealing with union leaders and tight-lipped spokespeople, I’ve now learnt, is a tough enterprise. Well, Tracey guided me through it.

It’s an article that’s part of a bigger story, a story that affect many people and groups at Concordia. It’s a story I intend to tell to the students and employees of Concordia as it continues to unfold going into the school year.

I learnt so much in writing this piece, working with Tracey and Linda on it—what to do, what not to do, what to say, what not to say.

Those are lessons I now realize are gained only once you step outside of the classroom. Don’t get me wrong, the academic part is important, but there really is no substitute for actual practical experience. I guess that’s what interning is all about.

Finally, I’d like to thank those of you who took to time to read my weekly ramblings. It gave me that much more motivation to want to write a better post each week.

All in all, my experience at the press club has been a good one. I’ll be heading back to school in September with knowledge, tools and wisdom that I didn’t have when I finished my first of three years back in May.

Moving forward in my degree, I’ve decided to focus on broadcast journalism. My courses this fall: research methods for journalism, law and ethics in journalism, and video journalism. Can’t wait!

I plan on staying involved with the press club and its Student Planning Committee. I hope to see some of you at the events we’ll be putting on this year. At this stage, we’re still securing guests and deciding on dates, but keep an eye out for updates on the MPC Facebook page and its revamped website.

Well, I guess this the part where I say goodbye (for now). I’ll leave you guys with a little quote by Bill Hicks  I came across the other day.

It got me thinking. Perhaps it will you too…

So long,

Paul M.

Paul the intern’s eighth week at the press club

Good day, my favourite set of constituents!

(I am in politics mode, given the official announcement for Canadian federal elections to be held later this year.)

Parliament has been dissolved and writs of election have been dropped.

Now, I’m no poli-sci major and I won’t pretend to know what either of those terms mean, but as a budding journalist, I feel as though it’s important to know politics—it’s such a huge and involving facet of the trade.

All the buzz regarding the upcoming elections, which will feature the longest campaigning period in modern Canadian history, takes me back to when I attended Question Period in the House of Commons in June.

What an eye-opener that was to the way our political system works.

This fall, I look forward to the many debates, inevitable blunders and hopefully, above all else, the addressing of critical issues.

Here at MIGS, that’s the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, where I conduct my press club business and help out on MIGS-related projects here and there, we have a special member of the NDP royal family among our ranks.

Thomas Mulcair’s nephew, Cédric, is a political science student at McGill and an intern at the institute. One of his uncle’s biggest supporters, Cédric is the one to ask if you want to know the results of the latest poll or the hottest campaign trail scoop.

For myself, this week has, for the most part, been spent working on a story about union pay scale negotiations at Concordia. These ones in particular have become quite contentious.

This story has been an excellent learning experience as a journalist. I’ve been working on it closely with press club board member Tracey Arial.

Tracey, who writes for the Suburban, is showing me the ropes of investigative journalism. She herself is, from what I’ve seen, a natural at it.

“Nobody hates a journalist for very long,” she said to me, laughing, while we were working on the story last week.

“I have to write that down,” I replied.

I had to do so because I think that phrase describes so well what it is like to be an investigative journalist.

One day, a source might hate you. It could be because you’re trying to expose a truth they would rather not have exposed, or because the story has changed and you’ve become less useful to their interests or goals.

The very next week, that narrative can change completely.

One thing I’ve noticed is that in the field of investigative journalism, things never stay a certain way for very long.

I’m also learning excellent practical lessons. It can be as simple as the importance of recording every single conversation, regardless of how insignificant or casual one may seem at the time. True intentions can easily be picked up on over the course of a second listen.

It may sound like journalism 101 to some of you, but another lesson I’m learning:question everything!

As much as it’s easy to accept people’s intentions at face value, I’m understanding that an investigative journalist needs to maintain his or her skepticism at all times. Though it can be difficult, it’s important to at least try to pick up on what a source may really want or not want, without having to being cold or unpleasant towards them.

Tracey taught me another invaluable lesson: “Never make yourself a central figure in your story.” It’s easy to inadvertently write yourself into a piece, perhaps making the mistake of seeing yourself as involved in its ins and outs. A true investigative reporter, I’m now realizing, is someone who’s as impartial a player as can be.

These things I’m learning, coupled with having read a little unknown book called All the President’s Men in my second semester of j-school, mean that I now comprehend how demanding the job of investigative reporter can be.

It’s also quite amazing to see how much more risky a profession it has become. There once was a time when major publications had teams of lawyers to protect their reporters, such as in the previously mentioned book, but the journalism landscape has changed so drastically in the past few decades—the resources sometimes just aren’t there.

That means that Investigative journalists need to now be well versed themselves in the laws and pitfalls that can threaten their careers daily.

Some may see that as a discouraging reflection on what it’s like to be a modern-day muckraker, but I think it rather cements the fact that good, honest investigative journalism is something that is needed now more than ever.

Until next time,

Paul M.

Paul the intern’s seventh week at the press club

Dear readers,

Paul the intern here to give you my weekly low-down on press club news and more!

The picture above was taken on my way to Cinéma du Parc on Saturday, what a crowd!

Our Student Planning Committee is making significant progress; Katrya Bolger just published an op-ed in the Gazette, so congratulations to her!

Celine Cooper, who is on the board of the Montreal Press Club, mentored Katrya, so a big thanks to Celine.

You can find a link to Katrya’s story below. Here’s a little Q&A we had on what it was like writing her first big op-ed.

Q: Did you come across any challenges while writing the piece?

A: Satire is such a dynamic and diverse genre that I couldn’t touch upon all its facets in a 600-word piece. At the same time, I wanted to stress the principle of social betterment as the common thread linking the diverse texts that I touched upon, as I think it’s key to understanding what the op-ed is getting at: comedy as a productive diversion and relief from the stiffness of the status quo.

Q: Do you see yourself writing more op-eds in the future? Or are there other areas of writing that you would like to explore?

A: I would love to write more op-eds! Writing provides a really wonderful platform to explore ideas that I’m interested in, fully formed or not. It gives me the space to steadily and thoughtfully go about giving more shape and structure to how I see the world. In terms of other types of writing, I come from a creative writing background so I would like to retreat back more into that type of writing because it’s good to keep improving both the intellectual and aesthetic content of your writing style.

Q: How has some of your prior writing experience helped you on this piece?

A: I have experience writing op-eds and reviews for various publications, including Graphite Publications and Hysteria Feminist Periodical, among others. These experiences have taught me how to critically forward an argument by being both pointed and nuanced in your approach.  Also, my own academic writing has helped inform how I go about reading and discussing texts. As a Cultural Studies [McGill] graduate, we are taught to be literate in interpreting texts, be they literary, visual or filmic. And this I think has really lent to my impulse to critically study and dissect texts.

Q: How does it feel to be able to reach such a wide audience through writing for the Gazette?

A: It feels incredibly gratifying! The press club has been super generous in helping guide me towards this place where I can have my ideas exposed in a very established print publication like the Gazette. It’s given me the drive and momentum to seek more platforms and broader audiences to write for as it would for any aspiring writer.

You can find Katrya’s op-ed here: http://montrealgazette.com/entertainment/opinion-satire-helps-us-understand-and-evaluate-the-news

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What was I doing at Cinéma du Parc on Saturday?

I decided to go check out a film, as I’m always on the lookout for exciting stuff that I think might interest MPC members!

Crystal Morelle’s The Wolfpack is a documentary about the lives of seven siblings raised in a four-bedroom Lower East Side Manhattan apartment, confined to its very walls by their father for fourteen years.

The boys, Mukunda, Narayana, Govinda, Bhagavan, Krisna and Jagadesh, and their sister Visnu learn about life through film.

Pulp Fiction, The Dark Knight, Reservoir Dogs. These and many others are their only taste of the outside world besides what they can see from the windows of their housing project. Creating elaborate costumes, they reenact scenes from the films as a way to expend their energy and creativity.

That is until one day in January 2010, 15-year-old Mukunda decides to leave the apartment on his own for the first time to wander the streets below.

What ensues changes the Angulo family forever.

Moselle came upon the idea for the documentary while a student at New York’s School of Visual Arts. She came across the six long-haired, peculiar-looking brothers one day as they were making their way down First Avenue in Manhattan; she wanted to find out more.

The documentary explores the boys’ past, finding out about what it was like to live in such a way for so long, interviewing them, connecting with them; and then shows us their present, seeing them interact with strangers—something still new to them.

Watching the film, I had one question for their father: “How selfish of you for imposing such a lifestyle on your children?” You expect them to be horribly maladjusted human beings, incapable of normal human interaction given such an abnormal childhood.

But then, you see as the film goes on that when their father inevitably is no longer able to suppress them and they become free to roam the streets of New York City—wander parks, go swimming on Coney Island, go see late-night movies—they’re surprisingly similar to most other gangly, awkward teenage boys, just with a penchant for gangster movies and leather jackets.

Most of all, the film raises questions about the true and real effects of being raised on television and movies; something, you realize, is not unique to the kids in The Wolfpack.

It’s a fascinating film that I would highly recommend. Moselle has brought a fresh new take to the documentary genre.

That’s it for another edition of my blog, see you next week!

Paul