journalism

Thursday 23 October 2014, 8:30 PM

Conflict and Disaster Reporting: Does the Public Still Care?

This event is organised by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

On 23 October 1984, the BBC aired a landmark report on the famine in Ethiopia. Describing the crisis as a ‘biblical famine’, the report galvanised the public, spurred the UK government into action and prompted the creation of the infamous Live Aid concert. Join the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) as they examine the current state of conflict and disaster reporting and how humanitarian agencies can work with the media to raise awareness and much-needed funds.


July 29, 2014

“Zero Accountability and Massive Power”

By Ratha Lehall On Monday 28 July, the Frontline Club hosted the preview screening of One Rogue Reporter, which was followed by a Q&A with director Rich Peppiatt, chaired by professor of television journalism at City University, Stewart Purvis. Peppiatt was a tabloid journalist with the Daily Star, who publicly resigned in 2011. His resignation […]


Friday 28 November 2014, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: Old Dog, New Tricks – Journalism at internet speeds

This one-day SecDev workshop will help you apply traditional journalism to an interconnected digital environment. With this aim in mind, participants will learn the skills used by intelligence agencies of search and discovery, data collection, source verification, understanding networks and data analysis.


Monday 28 July 2014, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: One Rogue Reporter + Q&A

Since Rich Peppiatt’s hilariously withering resignation letter to Daily Star proprietor, Richard Desmond, became a viral sensation in 2011, his brutal honesty has made him a regular tabloid commentator on TV and radio. In One Rogue Reporter, he lampoons the hypocrisy and dishonesty of his former employers through a series of mischievous stunts and interviews with heavyweights from the worlds of journalism, film, comedy and politics. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Rich Peppiatt. Chaired by Stewart Purvis, professor of television journalism at City University. He is a former editor-in-chief and CEO of ITN, Ofcom’s Partner for Content and Standards, and author of When Reporters Cross The Line: The Heroes, the Villains, the Hackers and the Spies.


Thursday 26 June 2014, 7:00 PM

BBC Arena Preview: The New York Review of Books – A 50 Year Argument + Q&A

Acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese and his longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi pay homage to a 20th century American institution: The New York Review of Books. The film weaves rarely seen archival material, interviews and excerpts from writings by such icons as James Baldwin, Gore Vidal and Joan Didion. These scenes reflect the humming and restless energy of a magazine that still feels as vital as its indefatigable founding editor, Robert Silvers. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Anthony Wall, series editor of BBC Arena.


Thursday 11 September 2014, 7:00 PM

Forget the Future: What’s Happening in Journalism Now?

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.


Wednesday 15 October 2014, 7:00 PM

Reflections with Darren Conway

Described as “the foremost television cameraman of his generation”, Darren Conway, or DC as he is widely known, has been documenting global events for two decades. He has received the RTS award for best news cameraman six times and earlier this year he was awarded an OBE for services to British broadcast journalism. He will be joining Vin Ray in conversation to reflect on a career capturing some of the most poignant pictures of the past 20 years.


Monday 19 May 2014, 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: Disruptive Technology: Disruptive Journalism

[user generated content: the source and the story]

The social fabric of cyberspace is as important as the physical world. From commerce to sex, every interaction is mirrored online. Traditional media feel left behind by bloggers, social media, and the race into cyberspace – but that race has just begun. The next-generation news organisation will be agile and smart. It will apply the trusted techniques of traditional journalism to the online world. Speed is just as important as accuracy – and both can be won.

The SecDev training programme considers how journalism has changed, and offers solutions for media professionals to break the news without compromising credibility and integrity in a real-time digital age.


Tuesday 20 May 2014, 7:00 PM

Insight with Rafal Rohozinski: Redefining News

This event is in partnership with BBC World Service.

Cyber pioneer Rafal Rohozinski will be joining us in conversation with Robin Pembrooke, head of product at BBC News Online, to explore what the next generation news organisation will look like and the techniques and technology that they will be using. We will be discussing the possibilities they present as well as the challenges in ensuring the validity and accuracy of content.

The event will follow a day long workshop on Monday 19 May, for details see here.


Wednesday 30 April 2014, 7:00 PM

Frontline Showcase: The Changing News Landscape – VICE News

Showcase is a new event that incorporates the best of Frontline: compelling debate, inquisitive film, insightful discussion, thought-provoking surroundings, stimulating company and refreshing beverages. The evenings will feature two sessions of film or discussion with a break between when you will be welcomed into the members’ clubroom. Here you can meet your fellow audience members and enjoy a drink courtesy of Chivas Regal. For the first in the series we will be exploring the newly launched VICE News.


Wednesday 21 May 2014, 7:00 PM

Insight with Ramita Navai: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran

The politics of Iran is frequently analysed and debated on the international stage but rarely do we glimpse what everyday life is like in Tehran. In her new book City of Lies, Ramita Navai returns to the city where she was born to explore the lives of its residents. She will be joining us in conversation with the BBC’s Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen, to talk about her exploration of modern day Tehran and what life in the city signals about how the country will develop.


Monday 7 April 2014, 7:00 PM

Screening: The Lost Signal of Democracy + Q&A

On the evening of 11 June 2013, the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras pulled the plug on ERT, Greece’s public broadcaster, after 75 years of continuous operation. The silencing of public television resulted in a political conflict and provoked protests in a country already divided. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Yorgos Avgeropoulos.


Tuesday 25 February 2014, 7:00 PM

Missing: The Foreign Correspondents Abducted in Syria

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.


Tuesday 11 February 2014, 7:45 PM

The First Female War Correspondents

Clare Hollingworth and Gerda Taro were two of the first female war correspondents, and their pioneering courage and conviction paved the way for many who have followed. We will be joined by Patrick Garrett, Hollingworth’s great nephew who is writing a book about her life, and Jane Rogoyska, author of Gerda Taro: Inventing Robert Capa. They will be exploring the lives and work of these two extraordinary women, united by a passion for journalism.


Thursday 23 January 2014, 7:00 PM

The Death of Traditional Media?

Following on from April’s meeting of the country’s top student papers, Grapevine is bringing together aspiring journalists for another night of inspiration. Once again there will be two panels, this time looking at the future of traditional media in the age of mass data, multimedia and the Internet.


Wednesday 4 December 2013, 7:00 PM

Insight with Jineth Bedoya Lima: Journalism, Kidnap and Colombia’s Peace Process

Colombia is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Despite the constant threat, Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima continues to work tirelessly to investigate armed conflict, drug trafficking, organised crime and issues around women and violence. We are honoured to welcome her to the Frontline Club, she will be talking to Ed Vulliamy, a writer for The Guardian and Observer, about her prolific career as a journalist in Colombia, the work she does on conflict-related sexual violence and the ongoing peace process.


November 20, 2013

The changing state of reporting on Syria

by Sally Ashley-Cound It is becoming more and more dangerous to report from inside Syria. At the Frontline Club on 19 November a panel chaired by Stuart Hughes, a senior world affairs producer with BBC News and in association with the Overseas Press Club, discussed how reporting has changed since the conflict began and how […]


November 6, 2013

Insight with Kathy Eldon: Dying to Tell the Story

By Hodan Yusuf – Pankhurst, freelance multimedia journalist Kathy Eldon is a journalist, activist, and author who has transformed a personal tragedy into a positive force for good. She spoke at the Frontline Club on 5 November about her son, Dan Eldon, a 22-year-old photojournalist who was one of four journalists killed in Somalia on the 12 […]


Tuesday 5 November 2013, 7:00 PM

Insight with Kathy Eldon: Dying to Tell the Story

Dan Eldon was a 22-year-old photojournalist working in Mogadishu, Somalia, when he was killed in 1993. His mother, Kathy Eldon, heart broken by her son’s death, turned her mind to how she could transform the horror of what happened to him into a positive force for good. She will be joining us to talk about her journey, how she travelled to Somalia to try and understand why her son had been killed and how his life inspired her and her daughter, Amy Eldon Turteltaub, to start the Creative Visions Foundation, to support creative activists who use media and the arts to create social impact.


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.


Wednesday 20 November 2013, 7:00 PM

Drone Journalism: The Future of News Gathering?

Interest in the potential for using drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), for journalism is growing. As the technology becomes cheaper and easier to use, journalist are experimenting with using drones for news gathering. We will be bringing together a panel of experts to explore the potential for the use of drones in journalism and to discuss the challenges this new technology presents.


Monday 7 October 2013, 8:00 PM

War Correspondents on the Road at the Century Club

This event is organised by FFR (Frontline Freelance Register) and RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues), all ticket money will go towards their work supporting freelance journalists. It will take place at the Century Club.


September 26, 2013

Maintaining the line of ethical journalism

By Richard Nield An event at the Frontline Club on 25 September saw a discussion focused on the recently published book by Stewart Purvis and Jeff Hulbert, When Reporters Cross The Line, examining the ethics of reporting in high pressure situations.


Wednesday 16 October 2013, 7:00 PM

Remembering Alexander Cockburn

A talented and courageous writer, and one of the most influential radical journalists of his generation, Alexander Cockburn was most at home in the political and cultural battlegrounds of the US. Join us to look back on Alexander Cockburn’s extraordinary career, exploring his view of America and his style of radical journalism. We will also hear readings from his final work, A Colossal Wreck: A Road Trip Through Political Scandal, Corruption, and American Culture, finished shortly before his death in July 2012.


Wednesday 6 November 2013, 7:00 PM

First Wednesday: Has NSA spying “reached too far”?

The latest revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden have further exposed the extent of the US National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance. As pressure mounts on Washington and the release of information continues, join us to explore what the files reveal and the consequences of this diplomatic storm. We will be examining the actions of the intelligence services and asking whether they are aligned with protecting national security or as US Secretary of State John Kerry has said, that in some cases their “actions have reached too far”.


Thursday 17 October 2013, 7:00 PM

Granta 125: After the War – with Lindsey Hilsum and Frances Harrison

How long is the shadow of a battle, an explosion, a revolution? What stories arise in the wake of devastation? To mark the publication of Granta 125: After the War, two of Britain’s foremost journalists and foreign correspondents discuss the craft, conditions and issues surrounding writing about post-conflict situations.


Saturday 2 November 2013, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: The Sochi Project on crowdfunding, self-publishing & independent documentary journalism

Photographer Rob Hornstra and writer and filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen have been working on The Sochi Project since 2009, documenting the development of the wider Caucasus region ahead of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In this workshop they will guide you through production and publishing, teaching you how to survive in the ‘everything for free’ age, how to set up the project – allowing you to create and publish the stories the way you want, in your own voice, and to see opportunities and make your future.


Wednesday 25 September 2013, 7:00 PM

When Reporters Cross the Line

If the role of journalists is to bear witness to history, can they ever justify participating in the events they are reporting? A new publication by Stewart Purvis and Jeff Hulbert brings together the stories of 15 journalists caught between covering the story and stepping beyond journalistic conventions. We will be joined by the authors and some of the journalists featured to debate the boundaries and parameters of journalistic coverage, and when the rules of reporting can be bent and broken.


Wednesday 27 November 2013, 8:15 PM

Ten Years on the Front Line

This year the Frontline Club is ten and to mark the occasion we will be joined by a panel of journalists to look back on ten years on the front line. Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow will be chairing a panel of journalists including the BBC’s Lyse DoucetAnthony Loyd of The Times, ITV News’ Bill Neely and Afghan journalist Shoaib Sharifi.


June 22, 2013

Digital Media and Reporting Conflict: The book and the end of Reporting War

This blog has been dormant for a while and the publication of Digital Media and Reporting Conflict: Blogging and the BBC’s Coverage of War and Terrorism is the right time to formally close it. It’s been an amazing journey over the last five years or so and I’ve really enjoyed working on the project, documenting it on the Frontline Club website, […]