journalism

September 20, 2012

Ryszard Kapuściński: Where does journalism end and literature begin?

By Rebecca Omonira The significance of Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński was the topic of a heated debate at the Frontline Club on 19 September. Fans and a few critics flocked to the Frontline Club to discuss the writers’ life with: renowned Polish journalist and recent Kapuściński biographer, Artur Domoslawski; Victoria Brittain, former associate foreign editor at the […]


September 19, 2012

FULLY BOOKED Ryszard Kapuściński: Where does journalism end and literature begin?

Voted journalist of the century in his native Poland, Ryszard Ryszard Kapuściński renowned across the globe for his coverage of the developing world during the final stages of European colonialism in the ’60s and ’70s .

We will be joined by a panel including Artur Domoslawski the author of Ryszard Kapuściński: A Life to discuss the work of this renowned journalist and his influence on journalism today. We will be asking to what extent Kapuściński blurred the line between journalism and literature.


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 […]


September 10, 2012

Is drone journalism coming to the UK?

In November 2011, Polish firm RoboKopter filmed striking images of a political demonstration in Warsaw using a video camera attached to a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The New York Times heralded the footage as signalling the arrival of ‘drone journalism’. Since then, we haven’t seen many newsgathering drones in UK skies, but we might […]


September 5, 2012

“Poetry on a deadline” – remembering Anthony Shadid

By Merryn Johnson A gathering at the Frontline Club was held in remembrance for Anthony Shadid, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, who died in February this year while crossing the border out of Syria. The room was filled with family, friends and colleagues, including his wife, Nada Bakri; Jonathan Rugman, foreign affairs correspondent at Channel 4 News […]


September 5, 2012

Vaughan Smith packing for Afghanistan

As Frontline Club founder and independent video journalist Vaughan Smith prepares to embed with the Grenadier Guards in Afghanistan he talks through what he will be taking with him and why.


September 4, 2012

Remembering Anthony Shadid

Anthony Shadid spent most of his professional career covering the Middle East, first for the The Associated Press; then The Boston Globe; then The Washington Post and finally The New York Times for which he was working when he died in February this year while crossing the border out of Syria. At this special event we will be joined by friends and colleagues of Anthony Shadid to remember the life and work of this most esteemed journalist.

Followed by a drinks reception.


August 20, 2012

Calling all Members: Nominate Winners for the Frontline Club Awards 2012

The Frontline Club Awards for excellence in journalism aim to recognise recognise journalistic integrity, courage and the independence of spirit. For the first time the Frontline Club Awards will be divided into four categories: Print | Broadcast | Photojournalism | Tribute.
Now is your opportunity to nominate the best journalism you have seen this year in each of these categories. Nominations should be sent to [email protected] by Friday 21st September 2012.


Date: October 20, 2012 10:00 AM , lasting for 1 days. £150 Standard / £100 Freelance and Members Rate. Number of places: 40

Workshop: Radio in a Day

The Frontline Club and Sourcefabric, have joined forces to bring you this one-day workshop on how to build your own online radio station using Sourcefabric’s Airtime.


September 4, 2012 7:00 PM

Remembering Anthony Shadid

Anthony Shadid spent most of his professional career covering the Middle East, first for the Associated Press; then The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and finally The New York Times – for which he was working when he died in February this year while crossing the border out of Syria. At this special event we […]


September 19, 2012 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED Ryszard Kapuściński: Where does journalism end and literature begin?

Voted journalist of the century in his native Poland Ryszard Kapuściński is renowned across the globe for his coverage of the developing world during the final stages of European colonialism. Whilst covering revolutions and coups across Africa throughout the ’60s and ’70s he was known to carry two note books. One he would use to record […]


September 25, 2012 7:00 PM

Insight Tarun J. Tejpal: The Story of My Assassins

Named one of India’s most influential people by The Guardian, Businessweek and Asiaweek, Tarun J. Tejpal is an acclaimed journalist, publisher, novelist and founder of Tehelka, a news organisation that has become renowned globally for its aggressive public interest journalism. He will be joining us in conversation with Shahzeb Jillani, South Asia Editor at BBC […]


September 18, 2012 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED Stumbling Over Truth: The inside story of the sexed-up dossier, Hutton and the BBC

It has been ten years since the publication of the “September Dossier”, part of an ongoing investigation by the government into weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The following year, on 29 May, the then BBC defence correspondent Andrew Gilligan reported on Radio 4’s Today programme that he had been told by an unnamed source […]


July 20, 2012

Leveson’s legacy

As the Leveson Inquiry winds into its final stage, a fractious panel of media commentators came to the Frontline Club to debate the likely and desirable outcomes. The audience were treated to a diversity of opinions on what Lord Justice Leveson’s investigation ought to achieve, but the panel almost reached a consensus on what Leveson […]


July 19, 2012 7:00 PM

What will Lord Justice Leveson conclude about the future of the British press?

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.


July 6, 2012

Storyville Sneak Preview Screening: Hitler, Stalin & Mr Jones

In the 1930’s Welsh journalist and foreign correspondent Gareth Jones’ greatest scoop was to reveal the starvation to death of millions in Ukraine, caused by Stalin’s policies. In the political reality of those days of competing ideologies there was a fine line between journalism and spying. Hitler, Stalin & Mr. Jones explores to what extent Jones’ own dual role may have contributed to his early death.


July 6, 2012 7:00 PM

Storyville Screening: Hitler, Stalin & Mr Jones

In the 1930’s Welsh journalist and foreign correspondent Gareth Jones’ greatest scoop was to reveal the starvation to death of millions in Ukraine, caused by Stalin’s policies. In the political reality of those days of competing ideologies there was a fine line between journalism and spying. Hitler, Stalin & Mr. Jones explores to what extent Jones’ own dual role may have contributed to his early death.


July 6, 2012 9:30 AM

Workshop: Introduction to Media Law

The course acts as a refresher and to update delegates on new areas of media law or would serve as an introduction to media law for those with little or no experience in this field. This one-day course led by co-author of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists.


June 21, 2012 6:20

External Screening at Curzon Soho: Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

Tickets: Book online on the Curzon’s website.

What will a big corporation do in order to protect its brand? Swedish filmmaker Fredik Gertten personally experienced how far one was prepared to go in the aftermath of releasing his previous film Bananas!*. That first documentary follows the lawsuit that 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers successfully brought against the fruit giant Dole Food Company. Just before Gertten left Sweden to attend the world premier of his film at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, the film is mysteriously removed from competition. 


June 20, 2012 7:00 PM

Masterclass with Fredrik Gertten: the dark side of PR and Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

Filmmaker Fredrik Gertten took on the multinational corporation Dole Food Company and it’s PR army and won. Upon the release of Gertten’s blockbuster documentary Bananas!*, which recounts the law suit 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers brought against Dole, his tenacity and journalistic mettle were tested to their limits when he was hounded by Dole’s lawyers and PR firms.
Gertten will be at the Frontline Club to give a masterclass in filmmaking against the odds. He will give a detailed account of his ordeal and answer questions about his films and filmmaking in general.
Moderated by John Sweeney of the BBC’s Panorama.


June 18, 2012 7:00 PM

Open City preview screening: High Tech Low Life

High Tech Low Life follows Zola, a smart, tech-savvy and playful youngster and Tiger Temple, a 50-something citizen reporter as they each travel the country to report stories that would otherwise remain unknown. A unique peek behind the notorious Great Firewall of China that captures the fearlessness of a new digital generation.


May 31, 2012

After Leveson? A ‘State of the News Media’ report for the UK

With each day of Leveson evidence new stones are overturned, shedding more light on the wider systemic and cultural problems that contributed to the phone-hacking scandal. The ‘post-Leveson’ question becomes ever more pressing, as identified at yesterday’s University of Westminster conference, attended by a range of international media researchers, as well as regulation and legal specialists. […]


May 18, 2012

Reporting Somalia: Expanding the scope of the media’s eye?

When you think of Somalia, what comes to mind? Conflict? Pirates? Refugees? Poverty? Somalia is still a dangerous place for journalists to operate: according to the Committee to Protect Journalists five journalists have been killed there this year. But improvements in the security situation are offering new opportunities to access stories that may have been too risky to […]


May 9, 2012 7:00 PM

Alan Cowell in conversation with Charles Glass – The Paris Correspondent

Join us at the Frontline Club for an evening with long time New York Times correspondent Alan Cowell who went from having the distinction of being the last correspondent to date to file by carrier pigeon to heading the New York Times web-based breaking news operation in Paris. It is this tradition that is documented in his new novel The Paris Correspondent and that he will be discussing with broadcaster, journalist and writer Charles Glass.


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.


April 27, 2012

Writing Libya’s revolution

By Richard Nield Speaking to a packed Frontline Club on 26th April, Channel 4 News’ International Editor Lindsey Hilsum shared a fascinating personal insight into the revolution in Libya last year that overthrew the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi after 42 years in power. In Hilsum’s words, Libya was the "only true revolution of last […]


April 18, 2012

Twitter and the ethics of covering the Breivik trial

There is a dilemma for journalists covering the trial of Anders Behring Breivik — the man who has admitted killing 77 people on 22 July in Norway last summer. On the one hand, Breivik is gaining another bout of publicity for his crimes. On the other, the journalist’s role is to document a trial which […]


April 10, 2012

An ocean of data and the future of social media analysis

Data is the future, if it’s not already the present. At a recent press conference announcing US military investment in ‘Big Data’ projects, the acting director for DARPA noted that the Atlantic Ocean contains 100 billion, billion gallons of water.  Kaigham Gabriel went on to state that "if each gallon of water represented a byte […]


March 23, 2012

POLIS 2012: Reporting Revolution

I’m at the POLIS Journalism Conference where we have been talking about Reporting Revolution with the BBC’s Lyse Doucet, Lindsey Hilsum from Channel 4 and Tom Coghlan at The Times.  "An extraordinary time to be a journalist" All the panellists expressed their excitement at covering the Arab Spring. Tom Coghlan began by comparing the limitations […]


March 19, 2012 7:00 PM

THIRD PARTY EVENT: Are cheap, local hires saving or ruining foreign reporting?

How are the rules of reporting being rewritten by risk? What innovative methods are journalists using to report from some of the world’s most dangerous places?

Journalists working in areas of conflict reveal how they get information when traditional techniques are insufficient. The discussion will focus on the interaction between local hires and foreign journalists.