Professor Suzanne Franks heads the Undergraduate Journalism programme at City University, London. She is a former journalist with BBC TV where she worked on programmes such as Newsnight and Panorama. Her research interests focus upon the reporting of international news, women in journalism and the history of the BBC. From 2008 -11 she was Director of Research at the Centre for Journalism at the University of Kent, before taking up her chair at City in 2012, where she also convenes a module in Humanitarian Communication. Suzanne gained her Phd at the University of Westminster in 2007 and since then has published many articles on humanitarian reporting, international news and on the reporting of Africa, which is the subject of a forthcoming co-edited book, 'Africa's Media Image in the 21st Century: From Heart of Darkness to Africa Rising.'
Her recent books include 'Reporting Disasters. Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media,' (Hurst, 2013) and 'Women and Journalism' (I.B. Tauris, 2013). Suzanne has lectured widely in the UK and overseas and she continues to broadcast occasionally on radio and TV.