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Professor of Journalism, City, University of London

Professor Suzanne Franks is a former head of the Journalism department at City University, London. She was a 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 convenes a module on Journalism Ethics in 2021/22. Suzanne gained her Phd at the University of Westminster in 2007 and since then has published many articles on humanitarian reporting, international news, science journalism, gender in the newsroom, and the reporting of Africa,
Her books include 'Having None of it. Women, Men and the Future of Work' (Granta,1999) 'Reporting Disasters. Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media,' (Hurst, 2014) and 'Women and Journalism' (I.B. Tauris, 2013) and she co-edited 'Africa's Media Image in the 21st Century: From Heart of Darkness to Africa Rising' (Routledge, 2016) Suzanne has lectured widely in the UK and overseas and she continues to broadcast occasionally on radio and TV.


  • –present
    Professor of Journalism, City University