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Katie Toms

Journalism department

E: katie.toms@city.ac.uk

Supervisors: Professor Suzanne Franks (Journalism) and Professor Rosalind Gill (Culture and Creative Industries)

PhD Title: Obscenity versus objectification: A feminist reading of Leveson and its aftermath.

Brief description of research topic

My research looks critically at the Leveson Inquiry from a feminist perspective by considering the historical development of the highly contested discourses around the visual representation of women in UK print media, and analysing how these discourses have been expressed in the Leveson Inquiry and beyond. This study raises questions about how the framework of the Leveson Inquiry may affect both the representation of women in the UK press, and the ways in which questions of gender representation are understood and theorised.

Research Interests

  • Representation of women in media
  • Continuum of sexism – hate speech, hate crime.


  • MA Journalism, City, University of London
  • BA History, Queen Mary University of London


  • City, University of London (history of journalism, media context, practical workshops on reviewing and pitching)
  • Goldsmiths (media law and ethics)
  • London College of Communication, UAL, (media theory, media context, 3rd year dissertation supervision)
  • Canterbury Christ Church University (practical workshops on reviewing, feature writing and PR campaigns)

Industry experience

  • Observer Review – arts commissioning editor
  • Southbank Centre – press manager (inc PR for WOW – Women of the World Festival)