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Professor Suzanne Franks appointed Head of Journalism

The academic will take over from Professor Michael Bromley on 1st August 2016

by Ed Grover (Senior Communications Officer)

Professor Suzanne Franks has been appointed as the next Head of Journalism at City University London.

Professor Franks (right), who came to City in 2012, will start her new role on 1st August 2016 and take over from Professor Michael Bromley, who has been the Acting Head of Journalism since 2014.

She said: “I am delighted and honoured to be taking over such a well-renowned journalism department which has always had a fantastic record in training journalists and producing excellent journalism research. The record of alumni from the programme is second to none.

“I am particularly proud to be beginning the role as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the department, which is one of the oldest journalism departments in the country and has developed a fantastic reputation around the world.

“I am grateful to the School of Arts and Social Sciences for this opportunity and would like to say thank you for all the warm messages I have received and to my colleagues for their support.”

Professor Franks began her career in journalism with a television traineeship at the BBC. During ten years at the corporation, she produced current affairs programmes such as Newsnight, Watchdog and Panorama and edited coverage of elections and other political events.

In the 1990s, she left the BBC to start an independent production company, which specialised in political coverage. In 2004, Professor Franks moved to the University of Westminster to work on a BBC history project and complete her PhD and in 2008 took up an appointment at the University of Kent. She moved to City University London as Head of Undergraduate Journalism in 2012.

Professor Franks has published widely during her academic career, with publications including her well-received 2013 book Reporting Disasters: Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media.

Professor Andrew Jones (right), Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, said: “Professor Franks has had a tremendous influence on the Department of Journalism in her four years at City and I would like to offer my personal congratulations to her on this appointment.

“As head of the undergraduate programme, Professor Franks has shown her commitment to developing the next generation of journalists while being an excellent ambassador for the University.

“Her appointment to Head of Journalism is a natural progression and I am sure she will be a huge success. I would also like to thank Professor Bromley for the contribution he has made to the Department of Journalism."

The Department of Journalism was established in 1976 and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in the 2016/17 academic year.

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