In July 2011, revelations that journalists from The News of the World hacked the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler created public outrage. The man behind that story, and the years of investigative work that came before it, was Nick Davies. He will be joining us in conversation with Stewart Purvis, to talk about the investigation, the revelations and the future of press regulation. We will be asking how the press have changed in a post-Leveson world and whether they have really reformed.
With everyone talking about the future of journalism, it’s easy to forget what’s happening now. Do paywalls work? Is the industry still in crisis? Is it still too white and middle class? And where are the jobs?
Grapevine events will be inviting some of the country’s top editors for a night of questions – and answers.
Foreign reporters began to go missing in Syria in the autumn of 2012. The first disappeared just as the conflict slid from violent unrest into the abyss of outright civil war. What happened to our missing reporters? Who holds them and what can we do to help secure their release?
Roving foreign correspondent for The Times Anthony Loyd will be chairing a panel of specialists with first hand knowledge of the hostage crisis in Syria to examine how best we can aid the vanished.
In the media, lead coverage is often given to stories and images from the front lines. As the old newsroom saying goes: “If it bleeds, it leads”. But what happens when a conflict fades from the headlines and the long path to peace begins? Can the power of the media be harnessed to highlight positive stories of peacebuilding, reconciliation and change? Join us to explore how the media depicts the stories of both conflict and peace.
Across the world everyday journalists face injuries, kidnappings and death in the line of their work. In the majority of cases the perpetrators are not brought to justice and this evading of punishment often leads to self censorship by other journalists. Reporting on corruption, crime, conflict, politics and human rights is crucial in society, but how can we better protect the journalists doing this work?
Organised by ShelterBox
Join us for a panel debate, chaired by Clive Jones, Chair of the Disasters Emergency Committee (and ITV News) with Sarah Whitehead of Sky News, DFID’s Dylan Winder, and Ross Preston, Head of Operations for international disaster relief charity, ShelterBox.
As more and more freelance journalists choose to cut their teeth in the field rather than in local newsrooms, we will be joined by a panel of journalists and editors to discuss what precautions need to be taken to keep them safe. Should they be deterred from heading straight to conflict zones, or should the training, insurance and guidance be more freely available?
In light of more than ten years of conflict overseas, we examine the nature of the engagement between the British military and the media. As we see changes in the British military, the media, and the nature of conflict zones, how will this relationship develop?
Join us as we ask whether the criticism levelled at the BBC and its management is fair and how damaging it could be.
As hearings come to a close and Lord Justice Leveson begins his report we will be holding a special event in association with Index on Censorship to discuss what we have learned and the key issues Leveson will be tackling in his report.
Former Director General, Wadah Khanfar, will be joining us at the Frontline Club in conversation with Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow to discuss the rise of Al Jazeera, the role he played in its development and where it can go from here.
LATER START TIME OF 8.15PM
The closure of the News of the World following further revelations that schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s phone was allegedly hacked by private investigators has failed to draw a line under the growing crisis.
The print media has long defended its freedom from outside regulation. Is there a future for statutory regulation of the press or is it time for the Press Complaints Commission to be scrapped as actor and recent privacy crusader Hugh Grant has claimed?
Join us at the Frontline Club with an expert panel to discuss this ever-deepening scandal, as we consider what ‘hackgate’ might mean for the future of British journalism.
When more details about the News of the World phone hacking scandal were revealed earlier this year, there were calls for greater regulation of the press. At the same time, the use of super-injunctions (or ‘gagging orders’) by celebrities to stop the press revealing details about scandals has also been called in to question.
Focusing on issues of privacy, justice and journalistic ethics, we will be asking whether the current system of law and regulation is – or is not – in need of reform.
Join us at the Frontline Club when we will be discussing what the future holds for state media, the impact of channels such as Al Jazeera and BBC Arabic, and the ways that people are using the internet and other social media to circumvent that power.
From regime change in Tunisia, persistent calls for President Mubarak to step down in Egypt, and protests in Jordan and Syria to student demonstrations in Britain and unrest in Ireland, Greece and France – we are witnessing unprecedented revolt against power structures around the world. But are journalists equipped to understand the nature of these protests, what drives them and how they are organised?
View in iTunes Tickets booked for the original date of May 19 are still valid for this event. The media industry has never faced more uncertainty or doubt over its future than now. And nowhere is that anxiety more felt than in local and regional print and broadcast publishing. Labour’s plans to revolutionise local TV […]
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 […]
“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.
The UK’s public service broadcasting system remains the biggest provider of programmes about the wider world.
But it is a system that faces momentous upheavals in years to come.
What are the risks for international coverage as broadcasters respond?
With Phil Harding, journalist and media consultant; Deborah Rayner, CNN’s managing editor for Europe and Africa and Ed Braman, series sditor of Channel 4’s Unreported World and executive producer, Quicksilver Media documentaries.
Frequently barred from the frontline, journalists are increasingly reliant on video footage, Twitter and email. What are the challenges when this is the only source of information? What happens when there are no images coming out and journalists can’t get in, particularly as governments become increasingly savvy in new media and public relations techniques?
Join us for a panel discussion in association with the BBC College of Journalism.
With: Richard Sambrook, director of the BBC’s Global News division:
Adrian Wells, head of foreign news, Sky News; Jean SeatonProfessor of Media History at the University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute
What is the importance of local newspapers and how bad is the crisis? Following in the footsteps of GMG and The Manchester Evening news the Daily Mail group cut 1000 jobs from their regional arm this week. Could regional news soon be a thing of the past or can the industry find ways to survive? […]
As the internet fast becomes the dominant medium for news delivery, we look at the relationships between print and their online identities. How do traditional media remain relevant? What are some of the business models for solving the internet equation? How will papers continue to make content pay and how do they cope with a "promiscuous readership"? What is the relevance of multi media and add-ons? And who has solved the internet equation and do we believe them?
The NUJ is celebrating its centenary this year and is more active than ever – from helping journalists in need to stirring controversy by boycotting Israeli goods – but what is its role in new media age?
Each day fears grow for the safety of the BBC’s Alan Johnston, kidnapped in Gaza more than five weeks ago. Frontline vigorously applauds efforts to release him and is concerned about the safety of local journalists, staff and freelances.