journalism

Wednesday 11th September, 7:00PM

Dorothy Byrne: the MacTaggart Conversation

Last month, at the Edinburgh Television Festival, Dorothy Byrne, Channel 4’s highly respected Head of News and Current Affairs, delivered a funny, brutal and hard-hitting MacTaggart lecture that has been described as a clarion call for broadcast journalism to step up to the plate at a time when national and international democracy is being undermined. Join Dorothy Byrne and Jodie Ginsberg in conversation in what promises to be a hard-hitting, honest and illuminating discussion.

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Saturday 5th October 2019, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Shoot, Record & Edit on your Smartphone

More and more people are now using their smartphones to shoot and create stories whether that’s for a short film, multimedia stories or other platforms. This workshops is a hands-on experience which you take you through how to record video & audio, edit your footage and immediately export the content online or social media. 


Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August

Byline Festival with Frontline Club 2019

Join us in Pippingford Park, East Sussex at the world’s first festival for independent journalism and freedom of speech – to debate, discuss, dance, laugh, and change the world. Frontline will be running a specially curated series of talks and documentary screenings exploring this year’s key festival themes: Defending Democracy and The Power of Journalism.


Wednesday 31st July, 7:00pm

The Messenger: In Conversation with Shiv Malik

The Messenger, written by former investigative reporter Shiv Malik, tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a repentant jihadist and an idealistic journalist.


Tuesday 9th July 2019, 7:00pm

The Last Column

On the eve of the UK’s first Media Freedom Conference in London, this event examines new and current threats facing journalists – both online and offline – and explores potential solutions for protecting reporters’ lives and the freedom of information.


Wednesday May 1st 2019, 7:00 PM

Unreported World: Nicaragua, Press Under Siege

Unreported World returns to the Frontline Club for the first time this year with a pre-broadcast screening of a stunning new documentary that takes an inside look at the dangers faced by Nicaraguan journalists trying to get their stories out.


Thursday May 9th 2019, 7:00 PM

Tim Hetherington Trust: Visionary Award 2019

Judith & Alistair Hetherington with Trustees of the Tim Hetherington Trust invite you to preview projects in current production by a new generation of photojournalists and documentary practitioners. The evening will culminate with the announcement of the 2019 Visionary Award.


Monday April 8th 2019, 7:00 PM

Saving the News: Ethics and the Fight for the Future of Journalism

In the seventh of our series of ‘Ethics in the News’ events in partnership with Ethical Journalism Network, we bring together authors from the EJN’s latest report to discuss ethics and the key challenges in fighting for the future of journalism.

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Wednesday March 13th 2019, 7:00 pm

The Great Firewall of China

James Griffiths’ new book The Great Firewall of China exposes the world’s biggest and most sophisticated system of internet censorship – and what it means for freedoms all around the world.

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Monday 18 February 2019, 7:00 pm

China’s Inner Turmoil

China’s fraught relationship with its minorities is, unfortunately, nothing new – but in the 21st century, the storm clouds have been gathering apace.

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Monday 04 February 2019, 7:00 pm

How To Lose A Country: an Evening with Ece Temelkuran and Patrick Cockburn

You may have noticed that Populism is getting quite… popular. In the last 20 years, populist parties in Europe have tripled their votes. By 2018, they were in government in 11 countries. Populist leaders now govern countries with a combined population of over 2 billion people. How did we get here? Where are we going? What’s at stake? 

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Friday 25 January 2019, 7:00 pm

Byline Presents: Inside @ Frontline Club

Join us for an evening of comedy and music programmed by Byline Festival as part of their ‘Inside’ events series.


Thursday 24 January, 2019 7:00 pm

Ethics in the News: Censorship and Survival in Egypt and Beyond

For media workers, internalising red lines presents some of the most challenging ethical decisions they will face in their careers and lives. Join us to hear from those who’ve experienced first hand how censorship affects journalists – and journalism – in Egypt. 


Thursday 10 January 2019, 7:00 PM

The Price of Peace: An Evening With María Jimena Duzán

This Thursday the Frontline Club welcomes Colombia’s leading reporter, María Jimena Duzán, in conversation with freelance journalist and author Ed Vulliamy, to count the costs.

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Tuesday 22 January, 2019 7:00 pm

The Parallel State: Truth, Lies and Political Fiction in Contemporary Turkey

What began as a documentary project quickly spiralled into a deeper journey along the fault lines of truth, and the power of narratives to control reality.


December 13, 2018 7:00 pm

In Conversation – Carles Puigdemont, the exiled former Catalan leader and mastermind of the controversial 2017 independence referendum

Carles Puigdemont, exiled former Catalan leader and mastermind of the controversial 2017 independence referendum joins us for an hour at the Frontline Cub to explain the Catalan problem and answer press and audience questions.

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Monday 31st July, 2017, 07:00 PM

Ethics in the News 1: Screening: Sea of Pictures + Q&A

Sea of Pictures is a documentary that focuses in on the image of Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi, who was found drowned on a beach in Turkey while trying to reach Europe with his family. This image went viral and became a symbol of the refugee crisis and the widespread international apathy up until that point. His image was seen on newspapers across the globe. But how as a media outlet do you choose which pictures to show to the public? What are the ethics surrounding taking pictures such as these? Can you really control how these pictures are interpreted and repurposed?


Wednesday 19 July, 2017 07:00 PM

Freelancer on the Frontlines Screening + Q&A Jesse Rosenfeld

Join us for the screening ‘Freelancer on the Frontlines’ which follows the life and work of journalist Jesse Rosenfeld, followed by a Q&A with Jesse himself.
Canadian freelance reporter Jesse Rosenfeld has made the Middle East the focus of his work, and to make a living he has to keep up with constantly moving news targets. Freelancer on the Front Lines follows his journey across the region, showing us thorny geopolitical realities shaped by the events transforming the Middle East and exploring how journalism practices have changed in the age of the internet.


Wednesday 3 May 2017, 7:00 PM

“Post-truth” and fake news: what about the rest of the world?

It is the news media’s major preoccupation – how can journalists best serve audiences in a world riddled with misinformation and ‘alternative facts’, and when the President of the United States makes baseless claims and labels accurate reporting as “fake news”? We will discuss how journalists new to these challenges learn from reporters elsewhere in the world who contend daily with misinformation and state hostility. This event, held to mark World Press Freedom Day 2017, will bring together journalists from a selection of countries to discuss these issues and explain how they are dealing with the “post-truth” environment.


Wednesday 1 March 2017, 7:00 PM

The Editor’s View: Emma Tucker and Roy Greenslade In Conversation

Readers across the political spectrum are calling for new standards of accuracy and impartiality. In a new series of exclusive talks hosted by journalist Roy Greenslade, we are bringing together today’s leading news editors to discuss editorial policies and press freedom in an era of polarising politics.


Wednesday 8 February 2017, 7:00 PM

Eritrea’s Forgotten Journalists

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists Eritrea has the most censored press in the world. Has Eritrea become Africa’s North Korea? With only state communication remaining, contacting the outside world has become nearly impossible. What was once a relatively unknown and underreported country is now at the forefront of the EU’s mind, as Eritreans make up a significant number of those entering Europe on dangerous crossings. Who are Eritrea’s forgotten journalists, and how did this extreme stifling of press freedoms come to be?


Wednesday 25 January 2017, 7:00 PM

The Editor’s View with Roy Greenslade: Tackling Fake News

As the public respond to rapid political changes in Europe and America, a digital-age quandary is emerging around editorial policies of newspapers during times of political transition. In a new series of exclusive talks hosted by journalist Roy Greenslade, we are bringing together today’s leading news editors to discuss, directly with their readers, issues related to editorial policies and press freedom in an era of polarising politics.


November 10, 2016

Groundtruth: 0% of US TV coverage of the election had to do with policy

Just days before the result of the 2016 US Presidential Election, Boston-based foreign news organisation GroundTruth took part in a panel debate on the question of media credibility. In town for a team meeting, Charles Sennott and Gary Knight, founders of GroundTruth, shared their commitment to training up-and-coming talent in global correspondents in an age when […]


October 12, 2016

Displacement and demography: Colombia

“Not quite the evening we thought we were going to have”, began Ed Vulliamy, journalist for The Guardian and The Observer. A talk that was expected to celebrate the formal end to 52 years of civil war, ended up examinging why a much celebrated peace deal between the Farc and the Colombian government was rejected in a public referendum.


1 November 2016, 7:00 PM

London Press Club and Index on Censorship Present: Redefining Foreign Correspondence

In the past twenty years budget cuts across the foreign news industry have seen the near-demise of Western foreign correspondents posted abroad. In their place, local-national stringers have become increasingly important providers of foreign news stories. Is the foreign correspondent an endangered species in the news industry? What new models of foreign reporting are emerging alongside new information-gathering technologies? We will be joined by an expert panel to discuss trends in the industry and the future role of the foreign correspondent.


Wednesday 31 August 2016, 7:30 PM

The Frontline Club and Bertha DocHouse Present: Jim – The James Foley Story

Seen through the lens of filmmaker Brian Oakes, Foley’s close childhood friend, Jim: The James Foley Story takes us from small-town New England to the adrenaline-fuelled front lines of Libya and Syria, where photojournalist James (Jim) Foley pushed the limits of danger to report on the plight of civilians impacted by war. Brilliantly constructed with unparalleled access, Jim is a harrowing chronicle of bravery, compassion, and pain at the dawn of a new World War against ISIS.


Tuesday 13 September 2016, 7:00 PM

Dissent and Censorship in a Changing Turkey

As unrest escalates in Turkey – a country that once prided itself as a pro-western beacon of stability in the Middle East – writers and journalists are experiencing a crackdown on freedom of expression, including jailing, blackmail and the forceful takeover of major news platforms. While Erdoğan maintains that the press in Turkey is among the most free in the world, human rights organisations warn that freedom of expression is under ever growing threat. We will be joined by prominent Turkish writers, along with media monitoring experts, to discuss their work in the context of the risks faced by writers and journalists in Turkey today.


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.


April 13, 2016

Framing the Future of Water

The future of water is uncertain. More than 650 million of the world’s poorest people are living without access to an ‘improved’ source of drinking water, according to a WaterAid briefing.