freelance

Tuesday 29 January, 7:00 PM

Targeting Yemen: Screening + Q&A

Join us for an exclusive screening of Targeting Yemen, followed by a Q&A with freelance filmmaker Safa Al Ahmad, BBC Arabic Documentaries Editor Christopher Mitchell and field producer, analyst and academic Farea Al-Muslimi. Safa Al Ahmad travelled to Yemen to investigate the escalation of US strikes against Al Qaeda. This is a campaign that has largely […]


Tuesday 14 March 2017, 7:00 PM

The Best Defense: Threats to Journalists’ Safety Demand Fresh Approach

Following a new report on journalist safety and the launch of CPJ’s new Emergencies Response Team, this evening will bring together a variety of perspectives on how the safety landscape for journalists and media workers has changed in recent years.


November 10, 2016

Redefining Foreign Correspondence

The role of the foreign correspondent has changed immeasurably in the past 20 years. With phones tracked by enemy satellites and an ever increasing kidnap bounty on their head, the days of journalists passing through a checkpoint with 200 cigarettes and a bottle of scotch are over. On Tuesday 1st November, in an event organised […]


Wednesday 13 July 2016, 7:00 PM

VICE News and English PEN Present: Ethics of News Gathering – Safeguarding Fixers & Translators

The Frontline Club, VICE News and English PEN present a panel discussion on the role of local fixers and translators in foreign news gathering and the responsibility of news organisations. An expert panel reveals how international news gathering really works, considers the risks in getting the story out and assesses the role of international news organisations in safeguarding the unsung heroes of foreign reporting.


Tuesday 28 June 2016, 7:00 PM

The Kidnapping of Journalists: Reporting from High-Risk Conflict Zones

This event is organised by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and the International News Safety Institute (INSI).

The vulnerability of journalists to kidnappings was starkly illustrated by the killing of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic militants in 2014. Their murder underscored the risks taken by journalists and news organisations trying to cover developments in dangerous regions of the world and has forced news enterprises to more clearly prepare for and confront issues of safety.

We will be discussing how news organisations prepare for and respond to the risk of kidnap, and how insurers, victim recovery firms, journalists’ families, and governments influence the actions of news enterprises – and why freelancers are particularly at risk.


January 29, 2016

War Zone Freelance Exhibition – in Pictures

Photos by Tolly Robinson Thursday 28 January 2016 – panel discussion with journalists Benjamin Hiller, Osie Greenway, Jeffry Ruigendijk and Anne Alling on the subject of freelance conflict reporting and the War Zone Freelance Exhibition.


January 29, 2016

War Zone Freelance Exhibition – The Story Behind the News

By Thomas Colson A panel of freelance journalists and photographers joined an audience at the Frontline Club on Thursday 28 January 2016 to discuss the story behind a new exhibition of freelance war photography. Osie Greenway, Anne Alling, Benjamin Hiller and Jeffry Ruigendijk introduced photography and footage from their time in the Middle East – particularly Iraq, Syria and Lebanon […]


November 19, 2014

How to Freelance Safely – Part Two

By Graham Lanktree  As many major news organisations close foreign bureaus, freelancers are called on more and more to cover global conflicts. They face risks often without the structure, training and resources that come with having a large media outlet behind you. Continuing a conversation that began at the end of October in New York at the […]


Wednesday 19 November 2014, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

First Aid for Conflicts and Challenging Environments

If you have done a first aid course before or a hostile environment course, then this is the one day programme to refresh those skills. This practical workshop will allow you to update your core skills to save someone’s life in the field. Basic Life support – breathing and bleeding and other useful tips as well as how to do this in a hostile environment. Our practical simulations will provide you with a good reminder of what to do, refresh those forgotten skills.


Tuesday 18 November 2014, 7:30 PM

How to Freelance Safely – Part Two

Following our event in New York with the Overseas Press Club of America (OPC), they will be coming to London to continue the discussion.

We will be bringing together a panel of freelance journalists and editors to examine what more needs to be done to make sure freelancers are supported by the news industry and have the resources available to prepare themselves for the risks of front-line reporting.


Tuesday 21 October 2014, 6:30 PM

The Frontline Club in New York: How to Freelance Safely – Part One

This event will take place at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street #1, room 1302, New York.

We are delighted to be teaming up with the Overseas Press Club of America (OPC) for two events on freelance safety. The first will be held at Club Quarters in New York and the second in November at the Frontline Club in London.


Tuesday 19 November 2013, 7:00 PM

Syria: Changing Media Coverage?

The conflict in Syria has taken the lives of many journalists and many more have been kidnapped and remain missing. The level of risk for journalists in the country is extremely high and yet the imperative to cover what is happening there is equally so.

In partnership with the Overseas Press Club we will be bringing together a panel of journalists and editors to talk about the challenges to journalism that have arisen from the high risk of covering the conflict in Syria and the work that needs to be done to better ensure the safety of journalists working there.


Sunday 6 - Wednesday 9 October 2013

RISC training at the Frontline Club

The Frontline Club will be hosting the first RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues) training course in the UK. The four-days of training will end with a Group Show that is open to everyone on Wednesday 9 October at 7pm, to register to attend see HERE.


June 12, 2013

An introduction to the Frontline Freelance Register

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Friday 14 June 2013, 2:30 PM Crucible Studio Sheffield

Sheffield Doc/Fest Session: Surviving Syria – Filmmaking in Extremis

Heading to Sheffield Doc/Fest this year? Not only does the programme contain a fantastic selection of films, everyone with a full festival pass also has access to the diverse and inspiring conference programme. Join Frontline Club founder, Vaughan Smith on Friday 14 June at 2.30 PM at the Crucible Studio, for the panel Surviving Syria: Filmmaking in Extremis.


June 6, 2013

Published: Newsgathering Safety and the Welfare of Freelancers

Today we are pleased to announce the publication of our white paper, Newsgathering Safety and the Welfare of Freelancers. A year ago, we invited freelancers, editors, managers, trainers and safety advisors to come together and discuss the issues of safety in the field. Since then, professionals from across the industry have been collaborating and sharing their experiences […]


February 28, 2013

Calls to support fledgling freelancers as more flock to war zones

By Helena Williams   Calls to support the next generation of independent journalists working in conflict zones were made just days after French freelance photographer Olivier Voisin was killed by shrapnel in Syria.


Wednesday 27 February 2013, 7:00 PM

On the media: Unprepared, inexperienced and in a war zone

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?


October 19, 2012

Freelance journalism and the Leveson Inquiry

Throughout the Leveson Inquiry, news executives have consistently vilified freelance journalists, who provide a means to assign blame for a paper’s illegal activities without indicting any of its full-time staff. Guest writer Daanish Alam investigates the possible effects of the Leveson Inquiry on freelancers.


September 10, 2012

Donate to Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC)

Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) was founded by Sebastian Junger in reaction to the death of his friend and colleague Tim Hetherington, who lost his life covering combat in the Libyan city of Misrata a year and a half ago. RISC trains freelance journalists in battlefield medicine and in April they completed their first […]


May 29, 2012

The First Freelance News Safety Survey

The Frontline Club’s News Safety Initiative was launched on 8 May 2012 with a meeting of news industry decision-makers, leading practitioners and freelances, at the Frontline Club. The meeting was a great success and it was clear that everyone wanted us to take the best ideas forward.


May 8, 2012

Launch of Frontline Club journalism safety initiative

Editors, producers, practitioners and others involved in the news industry will gather at the Frontline Club in early May to discuss issues of safety.


January 12, 2012

How to become a freelance foreign correspondent

By Helena Williams Last year was the year of the freelance foreign correspondent. The tumultuous events of 2011 gave freelance journalists unprecedented access to breathless, breaking news stories in the Arab world – unlike Iraq and Afghanistan, where embedding restrictions applied, freelancers were free to travel and compete on the frontline. With the increasing attraction […]


January 11, 2012 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED On the media: Becoming a freelance foreign correspondent


This event is now fully booked but you will be able to watch it live here and follow the discussion on #fcfreelance.

With uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa setting a relentless pace in this year’s news agenda, media outlets have frequently turned to freelances to cover events in countries where they are without staff bureaus and wire services.

The Frontline Club, in association with the BBC College of Journalism, will be bringing together a panel of freelances who will discuss the practicalities of life as a freelance foreign correspondent from setting up in a country to finding and pitching stories and dealing with the realities of conflict.


October 19, 2011

Reporting conflict: competition, pressure and risks

View in iTunes Watch the event here.  By Helena Williams In a year where 100 journalists have been killed so far while trying to tell the story, and as the media’s coverage of events rocking the Middle East have been brought into sharp relief, it seems high time to examine the delicate relationship between ensuring the […]


August 9, 2011

The Frontline Club Award and the Frontline Memorial Tribute Award for excellence in journalism.

The Frontline Club Award and the Frontline Memorial Tribute Award for excellence in journalism aim to recognise recognise journalistic integrity, courage and the independence of spirit, regardless of nationality or media discipline and include the work of freelances. The Frontline Club Award is given annually in recognition of an outstanding body of work or series of contributions […]


June 1, 2011

On the Media: Going at it alone as a foreign correspondent

View in iTunes Watch the event here.    The rise of a new breed of foreign correspondent, a multimedia-savvy reporter who is comfortable working solo without the backup of a big news organisation – was the topic of Tuesday’s On the Media discussion. Chaired by Matthew Eltringham, editor of BBC College of Journalism website, the […]


May 31, 2011 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED On the Media: Going it alone as a foreign correspondent

As many established media organisations are forced to cut back on their foreign bureaux, new opportunities are emerging for a new type of foreign correspondent – the independent multimedia journalist.

We’ll be bringing together a panel of experts to talk about their experiences of reporting, including kit, the realities of going it alone, and working relationships with the established news organisations.


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 […]


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 […]