Frontline Staff

October 14, 2010

Russia’s secret services: power gone out of control

Download this episode View in iTunes By Sara Elizabeth Williams A dark picture of Russian democracy emerged at the Frontline Club last night as Susan Richards spoke with journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan about power, accountability and Russia’s secret services.  Soldatov and Borogan, co-founders of secret service watchdog site, are the authors of […]

October 12, 2010

TV journalism in the 21st century: The real golden age?

View in iTunes Featuring: — Peter Horrocks, BBC director of global news — Ben Cohen, Channel 4 News technology correspondent — Greg Beitchman, global editor of the Reuters news agency — Simon Bucks, associate editor at Sky News. Chaired by Matt Wells, head of audio at the Guardian, and presenter of the Media Talk podcast. There is much talk […]

October 6, 2010

Autumn treats…

With the winds and rain beating down- escape to the delights of the Frontline restaurant to warm up on rack of lamb, rump steak or roast cod- followed by a cheeky steamed treacle pudding with fresh Jersey cream…

October 6, 2010

10 years on: the unsettled, unsettling legacy of Slodoban Milosevic

By Sara Elizabeth Williams On 5 October 2000, Slobodan Milosevic was removed from power in a people’s revolution that ground to a halt 13 years of conflict. Watching half a million Serbians swarm the streets, the world had high hopes for Belgrade. But ten years on those hopes remain largely unfulfilled, journalists speaking at last […]

September 30, 2010

On the Media events at the Frontline: The year so far

By Patrick Smith There’s change afoot at the Frontline: I’m leaving the events team to pursue new ventures. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to look back at some of the events I’ve been involved with and re-live some of the best bits from the On the Media strand. The club has invested a […]

September 23, 2010

Data journalism skills at the Frontline: Why you should use data to tell a more powerful story

By Jasper Jackson Data helps journalists paint a more compelling and complete picture – but only if they can interpret and present that data effectively. That was the message from journalists with extensive experience of the benefits, challenges and pitfalls of data and journalism at the Frontline on Wednesday. If you couldn’t make the event, […]

September 22, 2010

SOLD OUT: On the Media: Data skills and techniques for journalists

View in iTunes This event is now sold out. Sorry for any disappointment – we will be streaming video of the event live at   What would you do if someone handed you 90,000 unfiltered documents and asked you to make a story out of it? Managing large amounts of data is one of […]

September 17, 2010

Climate change is about people not polar bears

Download this episode View in iTunes Watch the full event here.  By Christine Ottery If Amnesty International is campaigning against it, that means climate change has become a global humanitarian issue. Better known for supporting prisoners of conscience, Amnesty has recently begun to turn its attention to using human rights as a way to tackle […]

September 15, 2010

Frontline Club job advert: Event programme co-ordinator (full-time)

 Do you have what it takes to be a part of London’s premier venue for journalists and the media industry? Do you care about world politics, current affairs and the future of journalism in the UK and around the world? Do you know the media inside out and have contacts in the industry and beyond […]

September 2, 2010

Pakistan under the spotlight: Is the money getting to where it needs to go?

Pakistan is still reeling from the devastating floods that have seen one fifth of the country become submerged. More than $800 million has been pledged through international donations. But allegations abound that some of the money pledged is not reaching the problem areas, through corruption and mismanagement – a thorny subject tackled at Frontline Club […]

August 31, 2010

First Wednesday: Why Pakistan matters

This Wednesday we turn our attention again to the crisis unfolding in Pakistan. With more than 14 million people displaced by relentless floods and disease spreading through the country, our First Wednesday event for September with chair Paddy O’Connell will look at the disaster with a wide lens and ask what the prospects are for […]

August 31, 2010

Reporting Vietnam: ‘We don’t only work for the news, we work for the memory’

By Gouri Sharma The only victory for the media during the Vietnam War was that the public decided it never wanted to see those images and stories again. That was a central theme at a Frontline event on Friday to mark the 35 years of the end of the Vietnam war. If you couldn’t be […]

August 26, 2010

Gideon Levy in conversation with Jon Snow: why the media’s role in the occupation of Palestine matters

View in iTunes If you couldn’t be there in person, you can watch the whole thing here.  With a protracted, complex and bloody conflict between Israel and Islamic forces in Palestine, the need for independent journalism has never been greater. Isreali journalist Gideon Levy says that when he started writing, “There [was] no one there to […]

August 19, 2010

Iraq revisited: What next for the Forgotten War?

Picture: Chris King   By Sara Elizabeth Williams As the last full US combat brigade rumbled out of Iraq, what comes next for the region and its people, and what is the legacy of this long and divisive conflict? A Frontline Club panel got together to discuss just that on Wednesday night, discussing Iraq’s recovery […]

August 13, 2010

Neither friend nor foe: Google is just the messenger

By Jasper Jackson Google’s online dominance puts it at the heart of forces undermining the traditional news publishing industry. But a Frontline Club panel on Google’s relationship with publishers on Wednesday focused on the wave of technological change behind the search giant that means the industry must "innovate or die". If you couldn’t be there […]

August 11, 2010

Google: friend or foe for news publishers?

View in iTunes There’s no doubting the power of Google: having re-written the online advertising rule-book, publishers around the world now use its AdSense system to make money and rely on its search algorithm to drive traffic. The company’s motto is “don’t be evil” – but is it a malign influence on the UK and […]

August 11, 2010

Social networking and journalism: Power to the people?

By Julie Tomlin and Sirena Bergman How have Facebook, Twitter and blogs changed changed grassroots politics? This was the question tackled at the club on Tuesday, at an event moderated by Deborah Bonello, founder of and video journalist for the Financial Times. If you couldn’t be with us for this event, you can watch […]

August 8, 2010

Tributes pour in for Frontline Club member Karen Woo, killed in Afghanistan trying to make a difference

There’s no more sad news for us at the Frontline than to hear that one of our own has died. So it is with a heavy heart we read that the surgeon Dr Karen Woo was shot and killed in a remote area of northern Afghanistan on Friday (there are many news reports, such as […]

July 29, 2010

Combatants for peace: Israelis and Palestinians fighting extremism together

Download this episode View in iTunes The intractable conflict between Israel and Hamas over territory, settlements, blockades and terror strikes can give outsiders the impression of a desperate situation. With no firm political, two-state solution in sight, will ordinary peaceful Israelis and Palestinians ever return to the kind of normal lives that we in the […]

July 28, 2010

At the centre of a media storm: The Frontline and WikiLeaks in links

It’s not every day that the world’s media descends on 13 Norfolk Place. But on Monday at noon the eyes of the British and international media were firmly fixed on our forum room as WikiLeaks editor and founder Julian Assange explained and defended the release of more than 90,000 confidential US military records on the […]

July 28, 2010

WikiLeaks founder at the Frontline: ‘We will fill the journalism vacuum’

Download this episode View in iTunes Watch the whole event here.    By Heather Christie “We’re not an organisation concerned with protecting troops,” said Julian Assange.  “We’re an organisation concerned with protecting human beings.” The founder of WikiLeaks, the secretive whistle-blowing website, did not mince his words at last night’s Frontline Club talk.  Rather, he […]

July 26, 2010

Wikileaks founder defends Afghan War Diary files at the Frontline

Download this episode View in iTunes The founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks today described the release of more than 90,000 classified US military documents on the war in Afghanistan as the equivalent to the East German Stasi secret police opening up its files after the collapse of communism. Julian Assange was speaking at the Frontline […]

July 21, 2010

Reflections: Jon Snow

View in iTunes Watch the full event here.      One of the biggest challenges for today’s journalists is showing “the full consequences of war” Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow told a packed audience at the Frontline Club on Monday. Showing footage taken on assignment during his reporting career, Jon Snow remarked that some […]

July 21, 2010

America’s invisible government: Can a President take it on?

View in iTunes Watch the full event here.  By Joseph Stashko  American government is constantly in the grip of unseen forces, including the CIA and big business. That was the consensus view at last night’s Frontline Club event, ‘America’s Invisible Government’. The panel discussion was chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Paddy O’Connell and comprised of […]

July 15, 2010

Any difference between PR and journalism?

Watch the full event here.  “PR has always been the get-out for journalists who want to make more money,” said Martin Veitch who is due to join Bite Communications. “Those who wanted to drink more would become journalists instead.” This arguably outdated vision of the intrinsic differences between journalism and PR is what promted Frontline […]

July 14, 2010

FULLY BOOKED Crossing the streams: is PR becoming more like journalism?

They’re supposed to be opposite ends of the spectrum: journalists report the news, while public relations professionals try to influence them. But how different is PR from journalism these days? Should those who value editorial and commercial independence be concerned or is it just a sympton of a shrinking, fragmented mass media?

July 13, 2010

Drawing the Horizon line: Public apathy and the oiligarchy

Despite the recently – or temporarily – ended Gulf of Mexico oil spill debacle, governments, oil companies and the public are not going to get serious about shifting away from oil or really clamping down on the industry any time soon. That was the consensus after a well-fuelled discussion last night at the Frontline Club […]

July 7, 2010

What can the West do about the ‘information black hole’ in Sri Lanka?

By Jasper Jackson More than 30,000 civilians may have died in the final days of the Sri Lankan civil war, according to the International Crisis Group. But an “information black hole” created by the Sri Lankan government has prevented the world from uncovering the actions of both state forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil […]

July 1, 2010

Frontline Summer roundup: Intelligent debate and fine food & wine

The Frontline is a busy place – and though some might slow down during the summer months it’s as exciting as ever at Norfolk Place and we’ve got some great events and plans for the coming months. Here’s what’s going on: The finest food and wine We pride ourselves on serving the best  food made […]

July 1, 2010

Frontline Summer roundup: Intelligent debate and fine food & wine

The Frontline is a busy place – and though some might slow down during the summer months it’s as exciting as ever at Norfolk Place and we’ve got some great events and plans for the coming months. Here’s what’s going on: The finest food and wine We pride ourselves on serving the best  food made […]