Whether it’s eating, drinking and conversation, or debate, training and films, the Frontline Club offers everything you could want from a media club. With its history rooted in the freelance video news industry, the Club has drawn together a diverse group of people who share a passion for current affairs.
Set up by Vaughan Smith in 2003 in honour of colleagues at the Frontline News Television agency who died pursuing their work, the Frontline Club celebrates its history with a selection of artefacts and memorabilia and a permanent photographic exhibition that includes iconic images from some of the world’s finest photographers, including Robert Capa.
As well as the private club room, which has internet access, newspapers and a selection of magazines, there are also seven bedrooms available to members.
Food is served in the club room and the ground floor holds an award-winning restaurant. Both the club room and restaurant menus include British classics with much of the produce supplied by Vaughan Smith from his Ellingham Farm in Norfolk.
The second floor houses the events room, used for the Frontline Club’s packed programme of debates, and documentary and film screenings which bring together many of the world’s best journalists, photographers, filmmakers and thinkers.
The events programme is run by the Frontline Charitable Trust, set up to promote independent journalism and provide training in the safety of journalists and other media workers in areas of conflict.
Frontline Club Trustees
Jon Lee Anderson
Jon Lee Anderson is foreign correspondent for The New Yorker, and the author of many books including The Fall of Baghdad. He has also written for The New York Times, Harper’s, Life, and The Nation. Anderson is a judge for the Frontline Club Awards.
Lyse Doucet is the Chief International Correspondent for BBC News. She has reported extensively from around the world with a particular focus on the Middle East, covering events from the Arab Spring to the 2004 Asian Tsunami. She was born in Canada and has received Peabody, Silver Sony and David Bloom awards for her work.
Yosri Fouda is editor and presenter of Last Word on Cairo-based ONTV. He began his career at the BBC’s Arabic-subsidiary and was chief investigative reporter and executive producer for Al Jazeera. He is the co-author of Masterminds of Terror.
Jemima Khan is associate editor of The New Statesman and European editor-at-large of Vanity Fair, and was previously associate editor at The Independent. She is an ambassador for UNICEF.
Gary Knight is co-founder of the VII Photo agency and is the founder of the Program for Narrative Documentary Practice at Tufts University in Boston. His work has been widely published and exhibited all over the world, and he has been the recipient of numerous high-profile awards. Knight is a judge for the Frontline Club Awards.
John Owen is Chairman of the Frontline Club Charitable Trust. He is Professor of International Journalism at City University London and was formerly Chief News Editor of CBC Television News, and Executive Producer for Al Jazeera programmes from 2010-11. Owen was founding European Director of the Freedom Forum and founding executive producer of the international broadcast conference News XChange. He is also a Trustee of the Open Society Foundation in London.
Richard Sambrook is Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. Previously, he worked for the BBC for 30 years, leaving his post as Director of the Global News Division in 2010.
Charles M. Sennott is the Vice President, Executive Editor and co-founder of GlobalPost. An award-winning foreign correspondent with 25 years of experience, Sennott has reported on the front lines of wars and insurgencies in at least 15 countries, including the 2011 revolution in Cairo and the Arab Spring.
Aidan Sullivan is a photographer, picture editor and vice president of Getty Images. He is the director of the Ian Parry Scholarship and founder of the campaign A Day Without News?.
Jobs & Internships
Position: Club Receptionist
Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM Monday to Friday
We are looking for an enthusiastic and sociable individual to join the Frontline Club team. The candidate will work across the organisation, managing inquiries and assisting members and guests.
- Good writing and communication skills - Ability to work on own initiative with minimal supervision - Strong administrative and computer skills - Interest in current affairs and journalism - Strong people skills and ability to professionally represent the organisation
- Handling incoming enquiries and bookings for the restaurant, club and bedrooms. - Managing maintenance of the building and bedrooms - Assisting with private event organisation - Handling building’s post, arranging deliveries/couriers/taxis as needed. - Controlling access to the club/liaising with customers and members - Co-ordinating with Hospitality Manager and Programme Editor on club activities and inquiries. - Assisting members in the club room with queries and refreshments - Administrative support for Hospitality Manager as and when needed
Friday 14 March
How to apply:
Please email a CV and short covering letter to Ian Tesh.
We are always looking for creative, driven and hard working people to help with the activities of the Frontline Club. To apply for an internship please email your CV and a covering letter to email@example.com.
The Frontline Club opened its doors in 2003, soon after the Frontline News Television agency closed down. Frontline TV was created over Christmas lunch in the midst of the chaos and confusion of the Romanian revolution. It went on to become a key player in the independent fringe of television newsgathering.
Frontline will be remembered as one of the high peaks of journalism. Martha Gellhorn certainly thought so, and she was a pretty good judge. John Simpson
The Club quickly became a centre for a diverse group of people united by their passion for quality journalism and dedication to ensuring that stories that fade from headlines are kept in sharp focus. It exists to promote freedom of expression and support journalists, cameramen and photographers who risk their lives in the course of their work.