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London College of Communication

Vivienne Francis

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Journalism
London College of Communication
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Vivienne  Francis


Vivienne’s journalism career started at London College of Communication. After graduating, she was offered a news reporter role at the Voice newspaper group. A year later, she left to combine freelancing for newspapers and magazines with publishing a book that documents the personal stories of West Indian immigrants who came to the UK in the 1940s and 50s.

Vivienne joined the BBC in the late 1990s as a local radio researcher for Greater London Radio. She then went on to a studio production role with Radio 5 Live.

Most of her broadcasting career has been spent producing TV for Current Affairs and Documentaries. Her undercover documentary about the failings in the vetting of supply teachers was commended by a number of professional bodies, including the prestigious Royal Television Society's Journalism Awards panel.

Since leaving the BBC in 2007, Vivienne has worked in Higher Education, joining Middlesex University as a Senior Lecturer, progressing to Course Leader for Journalism, and then Director of Programmes for Creative Media Technologies.

Vivienne is passionate about how we can more effectively respond to the systemic and historic barriers of class, ethnicity, gender and disability, in order to create a media workforce that more accurately reflects society.

Her recent projects have included Cascade, a diversity TV training scheme, through which new entrants to the industry received paid internships and training. It was delivered in partnership with Creative Skillset and leading independent production companies including Endemol, Objective Productions, Lion TV, Fresh One and Leopard Films.

She has also devised and led a Home Office-funded multi-media project designed to empower young Somali women. The focus was on identity and how the exploration of these themes can encourage young women towards more positive aspirations.

Vivienne is the Project Director of The Refugee Journalism Project.