Inside Out

December 19, 2007

Inside Out – January 2008

When we began recruiting members to the Frontline Club, we were often told that it would never work. After all, the sceptics said, why would you want to become part of a club that catered to war journalists and ex-hacks who would bore you with their tales of near death experiences? Four years later and […]

November 19, 2007

Inside Out – November 07

One of the most important debates in journalism is far from over at the Frontline Club. It’s about whether the war in Iraq and the dangerous conflicts in Somalia and Gaza and elsewhere have made it nearly impossible for correspondents and news teams working for “western” news media to do their jobs. In recent months, […]

September 19, 2007

Inside Out – October 07

There’s something startling about passing by the most hallowed Serbian monument in Kosovo en route to a bold new journalism school in Kosovo. There you are driving by Kosovo Polje when you come across the monument commemorating the 1389 Ottoman Turk defeat of Serbia. On this  spot a young Communist leader named Slobodan Milosevic inflamed […]

August 22, 2007

Inside Out – September 07

August  finds  me like most other Londoners who for various reasons are not on holiday in some exotic clime grumbling constantly about the dismal weather. And those of us in London are the lucky ones. No flash floods, no hurricanes, no monster storms, no death defying heat waves. But that said, we’d still like to […]

July 22, 2007

Inside Out – August 07

They don’t make them anymore like Horst Faas. Anyone who had the privilege of hearing Faas at two recent Frontline Club events held in association with The Associated Press would have come away with that feeling. Faas, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his photography, is now 74 and confined to a wheel chair. He […]

June 22, 2007

Inside Out – July 07

I started writing this en-route to Frontline’s first event in Kiev amid rumours that Alan Johnston would finally be released. The nightmare for the Johnston family, his loved ones and colleagues looked set to end. At the same the staff of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) were just coming to terms with […]

June 1, 2007

Inside Out – June 07

How about this for a stunning statistic? In February, more than a third (37%) of US internet users visited When Rupert Murdoch -that mogul of moguls of old media – purchased MySpace in 2003 for $580 million he grabbed a sizzling hot property in the new media world. MySpace and its ambitious rival, […]

May 1, 2007

Inside Out – May 07

So would a Frontline Club and Forum work in the United States?  If so, where? In New York?  In Washington? That’s a question Vaughan and Pranvera Smith and many of us involved in the Frontline Club since its inception have asked ourselves. Not that Vaughan and Pranvera don’t have enough on their plates in Paddington […]

April 1, 2007

Inside Out – April 07

If you believe that newspapers should still be relied on for coverage of issues that matter then you have to be dismayed by their paltry reporting of Killing the Messenger. This was the International News Safety Institute’s (INSI) most comprehensive ever examination of the 1,000 deaths of journalists over a 10-year period. I declare an […]

March 1, 2007

Inside Out – March 07

When Gary Knight and Rod Nordland appeared at the Frontline Club in February, they were just back from a Newsweek assignment in Darfur. Gary’s pictures and Rod’s narrative reminded us what a humanitarian crisis Darfur remains and how the situation continues to deteriorate while the world is not watching. In fact, Knight and Nordland represented […]

February 15, 2007

Inside Out – February 07

Two years ago, CBS News introduced its “Public Eye” forum as part of its re-launched and revamped website. One of the publicity grabbing things it did was to shoot video of a CBS News editorial meeting and post it on the website. The notion was that the public could then see for itself how the […]

December 15, 2006

Inside Out – December 06

It was vintage Marie Colvin. It was 19 October and the Frontline Club  was heaving, jammed with journalists and human rights activists gathered to pay tribute to the Russian reporter Anna Politkovskaya. Politkovskaya had been murdered in the lift of her apartment building in Moscow six days earlier. Emotions were running high in the Forum, […]

September 29, 2006

Inside Out – October 06

Every so often at the Frontline Club there’s a debate that underscores why Vaughan Smith decided to establish it in the first place. That debate took place at the tribute to Martin Adler, the Swedish freelance, who was shot dead in Mogadishu in June. The debate centred on whether broadcasters or news agencies had a […]

July 15, 2006

Inside Out – July 06

What Ron McCullagh didn’t tell you in his moving tribute to Martin Adler is that the British press didn’t even name him when they reported his death. He was a “Swedish cameraman” who was killed on assignment in Mogadishu. That’s all they wrote. British broadcasters were far more responsible and were led by Jon Snow […]

June 15, 2006

Inside Out – May 06

Those of you who have climbed the final flight of stairs to our Frontline Forum will have seen three photographs of journalists on display. It’s an undeclared wall of honour recognising three outstanding journalists among the terrible toll that Richard Sambrook writes about this month. Kurt Schork was an exemplary American journalist admired not only […]

April 15, 2006

Inside Out – April 06

Dear Frontline Readers, A small group of us from The Frontline Club retreated recently to Vaughan Smith’s family enclave, Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, to think, among other things, imaginatively about how to build on the dramatic success of the Forum and produce a more thoughtful and challenging series of programmes. One of the things we […]