Tuesday Drink in a media environment

The stairs inside the Frontline Club building
Photo Credit: Cristiana Ferrauti
You can understand the character of a person by looking at his/her habits.

As students in Multimedia Journalism, some of my university colleagues and I decided to join the London Press Club Monthly Drink, to be on 7th of October.

In the brief description which appears on the website, you could understand that this is a kind of a traditional gathering, among many and diverse journalists.
It is open to everyone who works in the field: freelancers, students and media people in general.

After the lecture on Tuesday, we reached the Underground and got off at Paddington (Bakerloo line).

The words “frontline club” on a golden plate welcomed the visitor to 13 Norfolk Place.

The room was located on the first floor of the building.
After about thirty minutes, there was no more space.
A crowd of adults and young people, dressed quite ordinarily and with half full glasses tried to move along the wooden floor, greeting each other and sometimes stopping here and there to talk.

The result was quite a noisy atmosphere where, however, it was possible to meet very interesting people and to share different experiences, as well as receive useful advice about our future careers.

“It’s the first time. A colleague just told me and we came to take a look. It seems a good chance”, said Davide Ghilotti, from Food News.

Additionally, we met other students and guys who had just graduated.

George Augustus Sala, a journalist, illustrator and cartoonist, founded the London Press Club on the 28 October1882. The purpose of this society consists of giving the opportunity to learn, share and talk about communication issues.

The site which hosted the event was the Frontline Club.
The organisation is a modern change made in 2003, by Vaughan Smith. He is one the last founder members of Frontline News TV, a cooperative of freelance cameramen founded in Romania in 1898. The others members, killed while working, were: Peter Jouvenal, Rory Peck and Nicholas della Casa.
They succeeded in filming and obtaining pictures in dangerous situation, such as the footage of the First Gulf War (where others journalists failed).

Nowadays, “Media Club” are the two words which can describe the Frontline Club best.
During the year, various events are organised to support Freedom of expression – in particular, for those who work in high-risk places.
It promotes independent journalism and  it groups people from different backgrounds but with a common passion for news.

Similar experiences of sharing can help indecisive and quite sceptical students, who often cannot see properly their future.

It is the right choice to spend your late afternoon in a friendly environment.