No matter what their beat, journalists who are reporting day in and day out for newspapers, online, radio and TV are regularly working closely with people who are emotionally fragile. Our current cult...
Ann Luce is a Principal Academic in Journalism and Communication at Bournemouth University, with nearly 10 years of investigative data journalism (covering health and science), business reporting (covering government and politics) and editorial writing experience in the United States. She was Technology Enhanced Learning Theme Leader in BU's Centre for Excellence in Learning, 2017-2019 and is a former Programme Leader of the BA in Communication and Media degree 2012-2015.
Ann has spent the last 15 years researching and writing about suicide and mental illness. One of her most notable pieces of journalism was investigating suicide rates in Florida, which eventually garnered support for the creation of the Office of Suicide Prevention and Drug Control in the State of Florida. Ann also won a Responsible and Ethical Reporting of Suicide award from then-Governor Jeb Bush. Ann works closely with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK and the World Health Organisation on creating guidelines, media campaigns and training for journalists around the world on ethical and responsible reporting of suicide. Ann has consulted with governments in Wales and Norway to reduce suicide rates. She also sits on the International Association of Suicide Prevention Media Task Force. In addition to her research in suicide, Ann has also worked extensively in the area of midwifery and maternal health, as well as leading a citizen journalism project teaching marginalised disabled and homeless citizens on how to better tell their stories through citizen journalism.
She is the author of Ethical Reporting of Sensitive Topics (Routledge, 2019).