How to make ‘serious’ journalism as popular as cats, and other stories

This Thursday Grapevine hosted a meeting of new media minds  at the Frontline Club. Journalists such as Mona Chabali soon to be of the 538, Nicola Hughes of Data Miner, Dan Knowles of the Economist, Helen Lewis of the New Statesman and Luke Lewis of Buzzfeed UK among other journalists discussed in two panels how […]

The changing state of reporting on Syria

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 journalists at all […]

North Korea – life inside the secret state, the women who fight back and getting the outside world in

North Korea is the most totalitarian regime still in existence, yet knowledge of the outside world is slowly but relentlessly filtering in, in the form of USB sticks and wind-up radios. Channel 4′s Dispatches followed North Korean defector Mr Chung and Japanese journalist Jiro Ishimaru, who smuggle information and video footage in and out of […]

Meet the Sochi Singers

Two Dutch image makers document the entertainment on offer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia

Has the NSA spying gone too far and what damage has been done?

Following the latest revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Frontline Club’s First Wednesday panel on 6 November gathered to discuss Has NSA spying “reached too far”? Read the full report here

The Sochi Project: Documenting the run up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in a city with no snow

In 2007, what would become the most expensive Olympic Games in history was announced. Sochi, on the banks of the Black Sea and known as the Florida of Russia – complete with palm trees and sandy beaches – would host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The story caught the attention of filmmaker and writer Arnold […]

Will the Arab Spring stretch to Iran after election day?

With just over a week to go until Iranians go to the polls to vote for a new president, the Frontline Club’s First Wednesday panel on 5 June discussed the question: who will be the next president of Iran and why does it matter? Read the full report here

Creating a new society: Russia from 1960 to 1990 and beyond

On Thursday 18th April at the Frontline Club, authors Irina Prokhorova and Oliver Bullough talked about their experiences of Russia which have informed the research and writing of their two very different books. Read the full report here

How to photograph North Korea

Brussels-based photographer Maxime Delvaux spends 12 days in The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, shooting the kind of photographs his guards allowed

The lessons learned from Iraq and living in a more sceptical age

Ten years on from the invasion of Iraq by British and American forces the question has arisen, what have we learned? A debate chaired by Channel 4’s Jon Snow at the Frontline Club on March 20 attempted to answer this question. Read my report on what happened here