Frontline & Byline Festival New York

Talk Tuesday 7th November, 2017, 06:00 PM

In response to transatlantic events, the Frontline Club and Byline Festival are coming to New York to launch a US version of their unique festival for independent journalism and free speech. The event will take place at the Edition Hotel, 5 Madison Ave, New York from 6pm to late.

We will be hosting a film screening + Q&A of Mosul as our Opening Night on the 6th November 7pm at the Bronx Documentary Center. To book tickets for this event click here.

Both British and US journalism is suffering a perfect storm of collapsing ad revenue, the rise of weaponised fake news and a crisis of truth in the wake of the Brexit referendum and election of President Trump

As part of its continuing mission to find new ways to fund good journalism, and create more trust and interaction among journalists, other truth tellers and the public, Byline and the Frontline Club will be giving a taster of their unique festival that combines journalism, activism, comedy, music and live speech.

With a focus on the common elements between the Trump and Brexit votes, and the crisis in legitimacy that has followed, the panels will explore the role of big data and dark money in both elections,(with the pioneering British journalist Carole Cadwalldr, David Carroll, an academic who is pursuing the Trump campaign’s data collection through the British courts, Justin Hendrix an expert in emerging technology from NYC Media Lab and Caroline A. Orr, M.A., M.S. Doctoral Candidate in Social & Behavioural Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University). Chairing the discussion will be Peter Jukes, author and journalist and CEO of Byline and co-founder of Byline Festival.

This will be followed by a panel on the ‘Deep State’ (with Shelby Sullivan-Bennis of Reprieve,  Anthony Barnett, Tamsin Shaw and Mark Ambinder)  to discuss how both corporate and state data capture defy both British and US laws of privacy and journalistic privilege. Will another deep state, the constitution and the first and fourth amendments, come to our rescue? Chairing the discussion will be Mary Fitzgerald of openDemocracy.


Tuesday 7th November

6pm – welcome drinks

6.30pm-7.30pm – Opening Panel -The New Information Wars: Panel on Cambridge Analytica, secret funding and weaponised propaganda on social media during Brexit and Trump elections.

7.35 – 45 Intermission between panels – Introduction to Pictures of Mosul by the War Zone Freelance Project

7.45-8.35- Deep State: do our fears of government surveillance pale into insignificance compared with what Google, Facebook and Apple know about us? 

8.35pm till late – Drinks Reception and informal talks

8.50pm Introductory remarks- Harry Evans

9.00pm Red Mist: A Russian Journal Retold. Former Moscow Correspondent Julius Strauss & Magnum Photos President Thomas Dworzak talk about their trip to the former Soviet Union in the footsteps of John Steinbeck and Robert Capa, the glitzy new image Russia is trying to project, and a looming clash between East and West.

9.30pm Poetry set from award winning poet Salena Godden

9.40pm Short Comedy set from Hardeep Singh Kohli


** speakers will be added or are liable to change prior to event**