Frontline Staff

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 […]

March 25, 2010

On the Media: Celebrity dominance of mass media isn’t going anywhere

If you’re jaded by the vast number of column inches and broadcast airtime given over to the lives of the rich and famous, you may just have to live with it. The verdict of a panel of celebrity experts at the Frontline Club on Thursday – speaking at an On The Media panel debate in […]

March 24, 2010

FULLY BOOKED On the Media: Is the age of celebrity-obsessed media coming to an end?

“Celebrities” have dominated news culture in the last decade and become a mini publishing industry all of their own. But, is this coming to an end?
Joining us for a discussion about the media’s relationship with fame, are comedian and former journalist Jane Bussman, Popbitch founder Camilla Wright, with more to be confirmed.

March 19, 2010

John Simpson: BBC under threat from politicians and Rupert Murdoch

By Gouri Sharma John Simpson is in no doubt over the very real political and regulatory threats the BBC is facing and doesn’t trust either of the main UK political parties to protect the organisation. The BBC world affairs editor, who was at the Frontline Club on Wednesday night to talk about his latest book, […]

March 17, 2010

Timothy Garton Ash on Europe, Obama and the ignorance of George W Bush

Download this episode View in iTunes By Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi The rise of China, not Islamist terrorism, is the story of our time, declared Timothy Garton Ash at the Frontline Club last night. If you missed the event, you can watch the whole thing here…   “The story of the next 20 years is about China, […]

March 16, 2010

Journalists and kidnap: the modern dangers of reporting from the frontline

“When you get it right you win awards. When you get it wrong people say you’re naive.” That’s how freelance journalist Sean Langan describes the dilemma facing journalists working in hostile conflict zones every day. In a sense, just to be there reporting from a war zone is a risk – but if there were […]

March 4, 2010

Frontline Club publishing update: blogs, podcast and video

We’re proud of what we do at the Frontline, bringing our members and guests a unique programme of debates, talks, film screenings and training all year round. But as well as inviting our friends to our home at 13 Norfolk Place, we also want people in the UK and around the world who can’t attend […]

March 4, 2010

First Wednesday: The challenges of telling the full story of war in Afghanistan

Download this episode View in iTunes Watch the full event here.  By Heather Christie Media coverage of the conflict in Afghanistan is misinforming the public because it’s too heavily influenced by military strategy, practical challenges, and cultural preconceptions. That was the clear message at March’s first Wednesday event at the Frontline Club on Afghanistan and […]

February 25, 2010

Britain’s press ‘duped’ in run-up to Iraq war

Much of Britain’s press was taken in by cynical manipulation when they accepted the case for invasion of Iraq, journalists at the Frontline Club involved in reporting the war and its lead up claimed on Wednesday. Speaking during a discussion on the role of the media in the Iraq war, journalists who were involved in […]

February 24, 2010

Richard Sambrook on the future of journalism and leaving the BBC

View in iTunes By Michael Haddon With a career spanning 30 years at the BBC, Richard Sambrook, director of the organisation’s global news division, has revealed how he once carried a resignation letter with him every day, in the expectation it would eventually have to be offered. That was in the torrid time after the Hutton Report into […]

February 17, 2010

Changing sides: BBC’s Richard Sambrook joins growing list of journalists who abandon the newsroom for PR

What is it that makes them switch? Higher salaries? Shorter hours? Whatever it is, there’s no shortage of senior BBC journalists making the move from the newsroom to the world of PR. The latest is Richard Sambrook, one of the highest-ranking journalists in the corporation, who is leaving the Beeb after 30 years to join […]

February 17, 2010

Digital Election 2010: social media’s important, but not a kingmaker yet

View in iTunes MPs, Westminster hacks and activists might be addicted to expressing themselves in 140 characters or less, but don’t expect this year’s general election to be decided on which party has the best social media strategy. But politicians and the media shouldn’t dismiss voters’ digital engagement either, according to a panel at a […]

February 16, 2010

Iraq: Assessing the media’s role in seven years of war

  By Alison Larsen Seven years after the Iraq invasion, The Chilcot Inquiry has stirred up old tensions about the rights and wrongs of American and UK military intervention. But what role did the media play in reporting the conflict? An estimated 3,000 journalists reported on the Iraq war, including 800 embedded with allied forces, […]

February 11, 2010

Mandela’s walk to freedom remembered: South Africa still suffering effects of Apartheid

  By Gouri Sharma It could take South Africans another two generations to release themselves from the inferiority complex acquired during decades of Apartheid. Expert panelists at a Frontline Club event to mark 20 years since Nelson Mandela’s release from prison spoke of the psychlogical and social problems still affecting the nation, despite the hope and […]

February 9, 2010

Understanding the Taliban: Experts warn military force is misplaced, as ‘psychological’ war rages on

View in iTunes Watch the full event here.  As the United States and allied forces prepare to deploy 15,000 troops in southern Afghanistan to battle Islamic insurgents, experts are warning that the problem isn’t one of physical might but of completely misunderstanding what the Taliban is. In the week that the number of British soliders […]