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Suzanne Franks

Suzanne Franks

Professor of Journalism at City, University of London

Suzanne Franks is Professor of Journalism at City, University of London where she was, until 2019, head of the Journalism department. This is the oldest and largest Journalism School in the UK, educating over 500 students annually who originate from over 40 countries. Suzanne joined BBC TV as a trainee in the 1980s and later worked as a journalist in news and current affairs on programmes including Panorama, Newsnight, Watchdog and the Money Programme and rose to become an executive producer in the area of political coverage. She subsequently set up an independent production company which won commissions from broadcasters including Sky News, Channel 4 and the BBC. Her company also won the first contract to televise the UK Parliament. Suzanne later sold the company and in 2007 she completed a Phd. Suzanne’s academic work has focussed upon Humanitarian Communication. She teaches a module on this topic and has published widely on crisis reporting and the coverage of international news. Her books include Africa’s Media Image in the Twenty First Century: From Heart of Darkness to Africa Rising (Routledge) and Reporting Disasters: Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media. (Hurst/OUP) She is currently writing a book for Palgrave on the reporting of humanitarian crises and is a Principal Investigator on an EU Horizon project which focuses on science communication and the reporting of Climate Change. Her other specialist area is in gender and journalism. Her books include Having None of it: Women, Men and the Future of Work (Granta) and Women and Journalism published in association with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford, where she was a visiting fellow. Suzanne has written many articles on women in the media and regularly broadcasts and speaks on this topic. She leads a research project at City University on the role of women experts in the broadcast media.

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