Speakers | Science in the Newsroom Global Summit 2020

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Science in the Newsroom Global Summit 2020

23 Nov 2020 to 24 Nov 2020

Timing: 07:00 & 12:00 GMT | 08:00 & 13:00 CET | 15:00 & 20:00 Singapore/Hong Kong Time

Speakers | Science in the Newsroom Global Summit 2020


Senior data visualisation journalist, Financial Times, UK

John Burn-Murdoch is the Financial Times’ senior data visualisation journalist, and creator of the FT’s coronavirus trajectory tracker charts. He has been leading the FT’s data-driven coverage of the pandemic, exploring its impacts on health, the economy and wider society. When pandemics are not happening, he also uses data and graphics to tell stories on topics including politics, economics, climate change and sport, and is a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics.

Past Principal of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

Professor Denise Lievesley has just completed a five year term as Principal of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, a graduate college specialising in medicine, management and applied social science. Prior to her role in Oxford, she was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy in King’s College London. Formerly she has been Chief Executive of the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre; Director of Statistics at UNESCO, where she founded the Institute for Statistics; and Director of the UK Data Archive. Denise is a statistician who has been very active in professional associations serving as President of the Royal Statistical Society (1999 – 2001), the International Statistical Institute (2007 – 2009) and the International Association for Official Statistics (1995 – 1997). A Fellow of University College London (her alma mater), she has honorary doctorates from City University and the University of Essex and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2014 for services to social science. Her research on the use of evidence in policy making internationally focuses on the relationship between trusted and trustworthy information. She has campaigned for the importance of professional, quality statistical services which set the agenda for official data to be collected unhindered by political interference, and which are free to publish uncomfortable truths.

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.

Science in the Newsroom Global Summit 2020