Launch of Frontline Club Journalism Safety Initiative

9th May, 2012

Launch of Frontline Club Journalism Safety Initiative 08/05/12

LPB Report

Jess Hurd, Jason Parkinson and Lefteris Pitarakis attended the event along with other journalists, editors, producers, media and safety organisations to discuss safety in news gathering.

According to a representative from the Committee to Protect Journalists a journalist is killed, most murdered every 11 days.

The discussion was led by people representing different fields and will be available as a ‘white paper’ shortly, as will the Frontline Club survey of journalists.

Things discussed:

• Safety training kitemark • Affordable comprehensive insurance • Trauma • Sharing of security information • Sexual assaults • Digital security • Duty of care from media organisations • Working in public order situations

The day was an off-the-record discussion, so we cannot give much detail at this point. But the branch did make very useful connections with different organisations.

We raised these points, which were well received:

• Affordable public order training organised by journalist organisations • Safety equipment fund for freelancers, cheap equipment hire, stab vests, medical kits etc • More trauma awareness, inc sexual harassment/assaults • Round table safety de-briefs before and after public order events, with safety advisors • More events like Egypt Cinema night – marking traumatic events positively

The Rory Peck Trust is a fan and wants to work collaboratively with LPB in the future, as does the International News Safety Institute (INSI)

We had a long discussion with INSI who would be happy to facilitate safety briefs and de- briefs. They were also keen to do some free training for us. We spoke specifically about women’s safety and they suggested a two day course, that we can structure ourselves. They offered to help with women’s networking events.

We also had approaches from people running Hostile Environment & First Aid Training/ Risk management courses aimed at students and freelancers.


NEC and NUJ Council Casual Vacancies

23rd January, 2012

Nominations for the the remaining Casual Vacancies on the National Executive Council (NEC), Ethic Council, Industrial and Executive Councils are to be in taken by end-of business on Friday 27 January 2012. These voluntary committee positions are for two years starting from January 2012. Each position is one seat unless otherwise stated.

Please contact joint secretary Jason N. Parkinson is you are interested in being nominated for a position.

The vacancies are as follows: Read the rest of this article »

2012 LPB AGM and NEC Photographers’ Seat Elections

11th January, 2012

The Tuesday 31 January 2012 London Photographers’ Branch meeting will host two important events.

First, it is the LPB AGM* where we elect our committee members & discuss the work of the branch for the coming year.

With the prospect of tighter restrictions resulting from the Leveson Inquiry, we will also be having an introduction by Paris based photographer Nigel Dickinson about the impact of Privacy Law on photography in France. Read the rest of this article »


21st September, 2011

Press Release from Basildon Borough Council
Number: 2720
Date: 21 September 2011
For Immediate Release


Council appeals to media for cooperation on Oak Lane and Oak Road-Dale Farm
during forthcoming operation to clear Dale Farm

In light of some practical health and safety issues that arose on Monday 19
September Basildon Council is asking all members of the media for their
cooperation in a number of important areas if the operation to Clear Dale
Farm resumes.


Due to congestion on both Oak Lane and Oak Road – Dale Farm, members of the
media are asked not to park their vehicles on these roads from now until
further notice.

Alternative parking arrangements will be provided at the council’s
operational base which is accessed from Oak Road. Many of you will already
be aware of this site.

In order to access these parking facilities you must provide photo
identification and valid media accreditation such as an NUJ pass and / or
your media company identification.

We would also ask you to contact the council’s press office 24 hours before
you wish to access the site to provide details of your vehicle. Please
email: or call 01268 294765.

Failure to comply with these requests may mean that you are refused access
to our parking facilities.

Presence on Oak Lane – Dale Farm

On this narrow laneway leading up to the entrance to Dale Farm we would ask
the media to take particular care not to do anything to obstruct the
progress of the council, our contractors or the police in carrying out what
may at times be a difficult job.

There may be times during the operation when for your own safety and the
safety of others we will ask you to move away from certain areas. When
this happens we would ask you to cooperate by complying promptly with any
requests made by the council, our contractors or the police.

Council and media working together

The council has made every effort during this operation so far to work with
the you and facilitate media coverage of the operation. We fully intend to
continue doing this but ask that you cooperate with the above important
requests which are for the health and safety of everybody present.



14th September, 2011


Dale Farm Operational note for media 140911

Basildon Council press office will have a presence both on site and at the Basildon Centre from Saturday 17th September

On site media area:

A media area has been set up off of Oak Road, facing the Dale Farm unauthorised site.
Basildon Council press officers will be on site from 0715 every day. Access to the media area will be restricted to journalists with NUJ or other recognised media accreditation. We will not be restricting access to the Dale Farm site except in cases of emergency.

If you are on site, please liaise with the on site press officers with any filming/interview requests and media enquiries.

A council Media briefing will be held at midday from Monday 19 September. A police briefing will follow on from the council briefing at approximately 12.15 pm. Other briefings from both council and police will take part on merit and at times to be advised.

If you are off site and have a media enquiry, please call the press office on 01268 294765/01268 294415/01268 294526. The email address is

The off site press office will initially be staffed from 0700 Monday to Friday and from 0800 at the weekends.

Key media contacts:
Cormac Smith – Head of Communications
Fergus Sheppard – Senior Communications Officer
Adam Keating – Senior Communications Officer
Alex Ellis – Communications Officer
Angela Wilson – Publicity and Projects Officer
01268 294526
Out of hours please call 01268 286622 when you will be given the mobile number of the duty press officer

Outside Broadcast vehicles and parking:

If you have not already done so, please email with any requirements for outside broadcast vehicles. Please email your organisation and vehicle type and registration, along with a mobile contact number. We have limited space, so please do this as soon as possible.

Please note that due to space restrictions, we will not be allowing any parking within the media area for any vehicles other than allocated outside broadcast vehicles.

Parking for non-OB vehicles is at The Belvedere pub, Harding’s Elms Road, CM11 2UH – this is about a five minute walk from the Dale Farm site. OB vehicles must park only in the space allocated to them in the councils media centre.

Met Police Line for Notting Hill

25th August, 2011

The Metropolitan Police Press Bureau will have a helpline operating for photographers and other lens-based journalists who experience difficulties with police officers while covering the Notting Hill Carnival.

The number is 07917 556824.

Security Guards – Home Office Meeting Report

4th August, 2011

On Friday 15 July LPB and other photography groups attended a meeting with the Home Office and senior police officers from counter terrorism to discuss guidance for security guards and how effective communication could be established between security industry and photographers. Read the rest of this article »

Derby Format 2011: Right Here, Right Now

9th March, 2011

Talks by Richard Kalvar, Chris Steele-Perkins and Grant Smith


Richard Kalvar, a Magnum photographer talked about his formative years in New York City under the tutelage of a fashion photographer. Realising he wasn’t going to enjoy working as a fashion photographer, he took to the streets of New York and ‘found’ images. As a street photographer, he maintains that it is about observing. Photographs are not made, but found. ‘You have to feel curious and make connections with human beings.’ Kalvar argues that unless photography is difficult, there is no credibility in it. As he doesn’t crop his images, he has to get it right in the camera. Using a Leica with a 35mm lens, a camera, ‘…because it’s perfect and you don’t have to about the equipment, it allows you to concentrate on picture taking’, he went in close and captured images that juxtapose people, expressions, attitudes and street paraphernalia. He composed images with a prescient anticipation of circumstance.

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