Frontline Staff


May 26, 2010

Lindsey Hilsum on the passion and idealism of journalism

Download this episode View in iTunes By Nicole Green Live-streaming a phone call to Israeli authorities while standing on the rubble of Palestinian homes, or reporting on the victims of genocide in Rwanda, where women care for the families who murdered their own, are experiences few journalists can count in their reporting history. But that […]


May 20, 2010

The Times paywall is just the start – but will readers pay?

Pic credit: Chris King By Patrick Smith One way to boost newspaper revenues as print circulation and advertising revenues fall through the floor is to charge readers to read stuff online. The only problem is: will a generation that has grown up with free news content – that believes in a free web – cough […]


May 19, 2010

Will Apple save the news business? Apps, iPads, paywalls and how to make money from news

View in iTunes There’s no shortage of news around at the moment, but is anyone making anyone any money from it? As the print-based media come to terms with a shrinking advertising market and a promiscuous digital audience, many are looking to high-end devices such as Apple’s iPhone and iPad, which touches down in Britain […]


May 19, 2010

Inconvenient timing: Selling the climate change story after climategate

While last autumn’s climategate scandal has not completely decimated the public’s belief in global warming, campaigners and scientists need to reach out to unconventional audiences and getter better at communicating the facts if they want to tell – and sell – the climate change story. That was the consensus at last night’s Frontline Club discussion […]


May 13, 2010

What would Orwell say? How the web is championing top quality journalism

For all the scaremongering, hand-wringing and hair-pulling that has taken place over the last few years, the state of journalism is in fact alive and well and even aided by the internet revolution. But anyone at Wednesday’s Frontline event with three writers shortlisted for the Orwell Prize could see that great stories still can and […]


May 12, 2010

Special event: Orwell Prize journalism event – an evening with three shortlisted writers

Download this episode View in iTunes Please note the new start time for this event of 7.30pm. Speakers on the night include Mail on Sunday reporter Peter Hitchens; Guardian social affairs reporter Amelia Gentleman and freelancer John Arlidge, who writes for the Sunday Times. With our chair Paddy O’Connell, the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s […]


May 10, 2010

What now for the climate change debate?

This discussion is in association with the Global Campaign for Climate Action and Communications INC By Camilla Hedborg Our discussion on Tuesday 18 May will be devoted to the issue of climate change and asking what challenges are ahead for campaigners and the media. After a UK election where climate change played so little part […]


May 7, 2010

Israel and Palestine: Personal stories from Combatants for Peace, part three

On 28 July the Frontline Club asks: is the best route to peace in the Holy Land to put down guns and start talking? Four members of the Israeli-Palestinian activist group Combatants for Peace will be on hand to talk about how they plan to do just that. Tickets and more information on that event […]


May 5, 2010

First Wednesday Pre-election Special: Is this really a ‘change’ election or just more of the same?

Download this episode View in iTunes Pic credit: Chris King, Kat Banyard and Ivor Gaber at the Frontline. By Patrick Smith If there’s one word the British people probably don’t want to hear any more, it’s change. But – bear with us – with less than 12 hours to go before the polls close, the […]


May 4, 2010

Pre-Election Night Special at the Frontline Club

View in iTunes           On  the eve of polling day, First Wednesday will be an opportunity to discuss some of the issues that have come up – or haven’t – during this election campaign. We’ve had TV debates, "Cleggmania" and a hung parliament remains a possibility but how much does the […]


May 4, 2010

Orwell Prize event: read our profiles of Peter Hitchens, Amelia Gentleman and John Arlidge

The annual Orwell Prize rewards journalists who most closely follow George Orwell’s aim of making “political writing into an art”. And it’s that art we’ll be celebrating on Wednesday 12 May at an exclusive panel discussion with three writers shortlisted for this year’s prize. Here we look at the life and work of our special […]


April 30, 2010

Watch Jane Bussmann live at the Frontline Club on Fora TV

Comedian, scriptwriter and journalist Jane Bussmann at the Frontline Club for a special one-off comedy night.


April 27, 2010

Climategate: Trust in climate science under the microscope

  When Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth was released in 2006, global warming and climate change were at the top of the news agenda around the world. Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were rewarded with the Nobel Peace Price for "their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about […]


April 23, 2010

Nick Clegg rides Sky high: The second leaders’ debate

View in iTunes While there were no definitive answers on Trident, Iran, or immigration at last night’s second televised leaders’ debate, one thing is for sure: it was an entertaining night of political theatre as Britain’s three vying political leaders grappled with foreign policy and the new televised format. The Frontline Club screened the second […]


April 21, 2010

Frontline Club Networking Party: Freelance video journalism showcase

For our next Frontline Club networking party, we’re inviting members, guests and friends to join us in celebrating the very best in independent video journalism.


April 19, 2010

Leaders’ Debate at the Frontline: Is it really a three-horse race?

Last week’s historic political party leaders’ debate showed just how uncertain the result of 2010 election will be (here’s The Times’ coverage). Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was considered the winner of the debate in many opinion polls, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown admitted his defeat, at least in terms of style and delivery Brown claimed […]


April 14, 2010

Neil MacFarquhar’s tales of ordinary Middle Eastern life

"When you work for the New York Times, people expect you to know everything," according to Neil MacFarquhar. The journalist remembered: "Like the time I was at a dinner party in San Francisco and a woman came up to me and asked ‘Are there any normal people in the Middle East? People like you and […]


April 14, 2010

Sundays have never tasted so good….

Come and enjoy a delicious Sunday roast at Frontline; 2 courses for £15 (12pm-4pm)- and then why not wonder upstairs for a 4 o’clock screening.


April 14, 2010

Pre Theatre Menu

We have a specially selected 2 course menu for diners heading off to a screening, discussion or even the west end. Order by 6.30pm


April 14, 2010

Superinjunctions at the Frontline: Heated debate on libel cost controls

By Jasper Jackson The threat to freedom of speech from costly libel cases and the "chilling" fear of legal action could be alleviated by reforming the system to deal with smaller cases faster and cap the maximum costs lawyers can charge. That was at least one agreement in an otherwise combative debate amongst the panel […]


April 13, 2010

Rise of the superinjunction: libel, privacy and press freedom under fire in the UK

View in iTunes It’s one of the world’s oldest surviving democracies, but just how free is the British media? Law firms can and do serve newsdesks with so-called superinjunctions banning all mention of their client or of the writ itself. Lawyers acting for footballer John Terry and oil trader Trafigura both tried this tactic to […]


April 8, 2010

Rise of the superinjunction: why libel reform matters to journalism

Download this episode View in iTunes   By Ewan Palmer and Patrick Smith The shark-infested waters of UK media law could be about to get a little safer, thanks to Ministry of Justice reforms to curb extortionate lawyer success fees earned through "no win no fee" conditional fee arrangement cases (CFA). But Jack Straw’s quick-fire […]


April 8, 2010

First Wednesday: Exporting Russia’s radical Islam to the West

By Heather Christie Is Russia’s radical Muslim movement related to the global jihad movement? Or are the targeted attacks executed in Russia fundamentally different from those that take place in the West? That tricky question was debated at April’s First Wednesday event at the Frontline Club, after the recent Moscow metro bombings. If you couldn’t […]


April 7, 2010

Haiti photographs: Too shocking or a necessity?

The earthquake in Haiti is thought to have killed more than 200 000 people and has seen some harrowing imaged published around the world in an attempt to show the true extent of the devastation. Were the images of death and suffering too shocking to be shown in the first place or were journalists merely […]


April 7, 2010

Going Solo: Freelance multimedia journalism is nothing to be scared of

By Jasper Jackson Journalists embarking on a freelance career should not be afraid of going it alone, but they must take advantage of new technology and multimedia toll to get noticed, according to a Frontline Club panel of freelance experts. If you couldn’t make the event, here is a video of the whole thing in […]


April 6, 2010

Going Solo: Essential tools and skills for freelance journalists

View in iTunes With more journalists finding themselves without jobs in the last 12 months than at perhaps any point in the trade’s history, an increasing number of reporters, editors, designers and filmmakers are forging careers as freelances, many of them diversifying and learning new skills along the way. But what are the key skills […]


April 6, 2010

Wikileaks video portrays the dangers of reporting the war on terror

By Ewan Palmer Last night Wikileaks revealed a shocking video of two US military helicopters killing a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad, including two staff members of Reuters. The footage was shot in 2007 and shows an unprovoked attack filmed from one of two Apache military helicopters. Two children were also […]


March 31, 2010

Russian suicide attacks: Where does this leave the War on Terror?

By Ewan Palmer How serious is the threat from terrorism to the modern world? The suicide bombings in Moscow and Dagestan this week altogether killed 51 and, despite the likely localised inspiration for the attacks, fears of more violence elsewhere in Europe have been raised once again. But is there any justification for the current […]


March 31, 2010

Going solo: Is this the time for freelancers and hyperlocal?

  By Ewan Palmer   By now it’s unlikely that journalists want to hear any more about how their industry is in turmoil. So how about suggesting ideas to sustain the craft: is the future in freelancing? Does it lie in entrepreneurialism? From employment to self-employed Working for yourself is an obvious solution for the […]


March 29, 2010

MPs as ‘cabs for hire’: sleaze, lies and lobbying

With trust in politicians already at an all time low after the MP expenses scandal and the election due to be announced any day now, could the row over cash-for-influence be the final act for George Brown and the Labour Government? Here’s ITN’s report of the scandal… Tomorrow night at the Frontline we host a […]