Frontline Staff

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 […]

February 3, 2010

First Wednesday: the reporting of Haiti so far – are journalists getting it right?

Though some reporters may be guilty of over-oversimplifying the crisis left in wake of the Haiti earthquake, journalists can still aid the country’s reconstruction by reporting the truth on the ground. That was the broad consensus from panelists at a lively First Wednedsday debate at the Frontline Club, who chewed over the complex business of […]

January 26, 2010

UK’s Afghanistan ambassador stresses need to negotiate with ‘unsavoury people’

UK and international forces will need to negotiate with insurgents, warlords and people responsible for serious human rights abuses in order to achieve stability and halt the deathtoll in Afghanistan, according to the UK’s out-going ambassador to the country. Mark Sedwill, speaking at a sold-out Frontline Club event ahead of the London Afghanistan Conference this […]

January 26, 2010

Digital Election 2010: taking political campaigns from the doorstep to the inbox

By Patrick Smith How will the UK General Election this year be won? By getting The Sun to root for you, or being the party that has the most attractive policies, or the least gaffes? Maybe when the date rolls around – perhaps in May – the winning party will be the one that connects […]

January 21, 2010

Another brick in the wall? Paidcontent conundrum poses more questions than answers…

To charge or not to charge for online news? That’s becoming the defining question for an entire generation of editors, journalists and concerned readers at the start of the 21st century. While media owners plead there is a commercial value to their content – “news isn’t free to produce,” they say – online readers weaned […]

January 20, 2010

Clive Stafford Smith: Journalists need to dig deeper on Guantanamo truth

View in iTunes You can watch the event here.  By Patrick Smith Journalists and human rights campaigners need to “expose the truth” behind the United States’ extra-judicial prison camps such as Guantanamo Bay and Bagram prison in Afghanistan. That’s the call from leading human rights lawyer and founder of the Reprieve charity Clive Stafford Smith. […]

November 16, 2009

EOS 5D Mark II Stills Camera Captured Moving Image Post-Production

Trainer – Simon Ruben The release of the 5D Mark II has caused a storm in the video community. A still camera which shoots 1080P video with the benefits of a full-frame sensor and interchangeable lenses – this camera has excited the minds and imaginations of professionals and independents the world over.  The course is a hands on […]

May 27, 2009

FULLY BOOKED Insight with David Aaronovitch- Deconstructing Conspiracies

This event will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster James Delingpole In his new book David Aaronovitch deconstructs conspiracy theories – from Pearl Harbour to the assassination of Kennedy, the death of Diana and 9/11 – providing not only to provide ammunition against bizarre claims about moon landings and twin towers but also revealing the […]

May 19, 2009

Insight with Hala Jaber: the human face of war

Hala Jaber has won plaudits for her courageous reporting from around the world, particularly in Iraq, where she was one of the last correspondents to leave Falluja when it came under heavy bombardment by US forces. Named foreign correspondent of the year for the second year running in 2006, British-Lebanese Hala Jaber has shown continued […]

May 12, 2009

Insight with Peter Beaumont: The Secret Life of War

Chaired by Wendell Steavenson   The Observer’s foreign affairs editor Peter Beaumont will discuss his new book The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict. Drawing on his extensive experience, Beaumont examines the changing nature of war, focussing the human cost to the combatants and civilians in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq and Israel.   “I […]

May 1, 2009

FULLY BOOKED: 2009 World Press Freedom Day Debate: Controlling the International Media in War- Are governments winning the Battle?

Our understanding of conflict is shaped by the images and information we receive, making far-reaching and penetrating journalism crucially important. Yet in every conflict, from the recent war in Gaza to the protracted conflict in Sri Lanka, all sides seek to use the media as a weapon.   From overt intimidation and violence to censorship […]

April 27, 2009

Reactive: Madagascar- Roots of Turmoil with Stephen Ellis

Widespread refusal to recognise Andry Rajoelina as President of Madagascar and continued support for ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana means the island is likely to remain in turmoil for weeks to come. The army-backed takeover, which has been condemned as a coup by foreign powers including the United States and the African Union and the Southern […]