An endangered species: The Foreign Correspondent, Tuesday 1 November

The Press Club’s First Tuesday at The Frontline Club on November 1 features a major debate.

In conjunction with the Frontline Club and Index on Censorship, leading journalists will examine the changing role of the foreign correspondent.

Risks have never been greater for the foreign reporters out in the field while budgets from media organisations are ever tighter.

Is less foreign news now gathered by traditional foreign correspondents posted abroad, and what new models of foreign reporting are emerging alongside new information-gathering technologies?

Discussing whether the foreign correspondent is an endangered species is our expert panel:

Kim Sengupta – the Defence and Diplomatic Correspondent of The Independent. He covers international and domestic news and his extensive reporting from around the world has included many of the major conflicts in recent times.

Caroline Lees – Research Officer, European Journalism Observatory. She worked for The Sunday Times for seven years, spending time as South Asia Correspondent, reporting from India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and as a news reporter and assistant foreign editor. Caroline has reported extensively from Africa and has been assistant editor of The Scotsman, buy genuine provigil foreign editor at The Sunday Express, Scotland on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph.

Samira Shackle – assistant editor of the New Humanist magazine and regular contributor to the New Statesman. She is a freelance journalist, writing mainly on politics, terrorism, and gender, with a particular focus on the Indian Subcontinent. Based in London, Samira travels overseas frequently and in 2016 was shortlisted in the Foreign Correspondent category of the Words By Women Awards.

Dr Haider Al Safi – London-based Iraqi journalist and media consultant covering middle eastern politics. He started working as a journalist in 2003 during the American invasion of Iraq and ran the office for The Independent newspaper in Baghdad. Together with his colleagues he covered stories from all over Iraq exposing him to the dangers of war – he was caught in cross-fire, kidnapped and witnessed suicide attacks.

The debate will be chaired by Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship magazine.

This event is sold out but there will be a full report on the debate on the London Press Club.


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