Programme: Friday 3rd November

Conflict Reporting…..’the first draft of history’……does anyone care?

This illustrated talk focuses on the changing role of the ‘war’ reporter from WW2 up to the modern day.

I’ll include a conflict showcase of footage captured in September 1973 by UPITN teams across the globe.

UPITN was a major global television news agency. It had an extensive network of foreign bureaux, with crews filming events and people to supply broadcast news companies with material.  In the 1970s, along with Visnews, it was the key player in international newsgathering, providing content that has informed our collective visual memory of that era.

You will view ‘the news ‘as it was filmed, not as broadcast‘ including raw footage from Cambodia Highway 4, Chile’s President Allende and Victoria Station bomb blast.

Conflicts across the world compete for space in our news feeds, channels and platforms…….do the sacrifices made by modern day ‘war’ reporters to bring us these stories actually change/shape/ influence public opinion and the actions of policy makers?

5.00pm-6.00pm Doc Media Centre, 1st Floor, 10 Bishops Street, Leicester LE1 6AF.

The 2017 Documentary Media Month theme is global citizens dedicated to showcasing real peoplereal places and real events from around the world.

The documentary film programme is the 8th Leicester Docfilm Festival.

The Documentary Media Centre project organises events, education based activities and workshops covering 4 areas:

  • documentary film
  • documentary photography
  • documentary audio
  • documentary new media

The pop-up Documentary Media Centre will be hosted on the 1st Floor of 10 Bishop Street, Leicester LE1 6AF.

For further information please email John Coster, Journalist on

Twitter @docmediacentre @citizenseye  @docfilmfestival  @conflictreportr


Conflict Reportage

Project: Conflict Reportage

Conflict Reportage is a project that explores the various documentary media forms for reporting conflicts from 1914 to present day.

I’m interested in the evolving role of ‘Conflict’ or ‘War Reporter’ and their ‘first draft’ of history.


As I find links and articles they are posted on the site

It’s a work in progress so feel free to email your suggestions to me:


john c



Programme: Day 11 Doc Media Month

untitledFriday 11th

8-9.30am BBC Radio Leicester – join us as we mark Armistice Day ‘live’ on air at BBC Radio Leicester with an exhibition by Jonathan Capewell of,

Jonathan Capewell, Founder of WW1 Tigers website.

John Dilley of Newspapers and the Great War 

BBC Radio Leicester Presenter, Jim Davies interviews John Dilley about his original The Market Harborough Advertiser newspaper from 14th November 1916.

and my projects: Conflict Reportage and Military History Live.


BBC Radio Leicester Presenter, Jim Davies interviews Jonathan Capewell about his WW1 Tigers project.

11am The Beacons, Highcross – join us at the new Digital Light Sculptures (The Beacons) at Highcross for the 2 minute Silence and the unveiling of Jonathan Capwell’s photo display of unidentified WW1 ‘Tigers’ soldiers….see if you can help identify them.

WW1 Tigers website image on the Digital Light Sculptures at Highcross. If people recognise any of the images please get in touch.
Jonathan Capewell interviewed by BBC Radio Leicester Presenter, Dave Andrews before the 2 minute silence.
BBC Radio Leicester Presenter, Dave Andrews interviews the Highcross General Manager, Jo Tallack.

To mark the Armistice Day of World War One we discuss the number of serviceman who returned with life changing injuries, the terms given to them (many of which today are seen as offensive) and the developments in care over the 100 years since.

Jonathan Capewell (l) & John Dilley.

12-2pm LCiL Social Media Cafe, West End Centre, Andrewes Street, Leicester LE3 5PA

Display at the Social Media Cafe, West End Centre.


Doc Media exhibition – includes 7th Leicester Docfilm Festival documentary film showcase covering global conflict and the work of photographers operating in conflict zones – review their work, view their Instagram feeds and discuss the rise of Facebook ‘live’ streaming.

6-8pm Doc Media Centre, Highcross

The Conflict Reportage magazine on Flipboard has links to many of the World’s best conflict reporters.