Dr Ann Luce
- 01202 962340
- aluce at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
- Principal Academic
- Weymouth House W333, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Dr. Ann Luce is a Principal Academic in Journalism and Communication 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.
Ann is available to speak at conferences and symposia. She is also available for Keynotes and consultation. Please e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.more
My research mostly focuses around the responsible and ethical reporting of suicide, as well as the general area of suicide prevention.
I currently sit on the World Media Task Force for the prevention of suicide, and also sit on the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Steering Group for the Prevention of Suicide, the latter of which reports directly to Public Health England. I have created media reporting guidelines for journalists for the World Health Organisation and blogging guidelines for SAVE.org, the USA's largest mental health charity.
I have served as an expert panel member and worked closely with the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia, under the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Program to create #chatsafe, a young person's guide for communicating safely online about suicide.
In 2019, I will release my most recent edited book, "Ethical Reporting of Sensitive Topics" (Routledge), which creates a new framework for journalists to understand how and when they stigmatise mental health and suicide in their reporting, including on how best to interview those bereaved by suicide.
Earlier books, one on "Midwifery, Childbirth and Media" (2017, Palgrave) covers off clinical interventions during the labour process, while "The Bridgend Suicides: Suicide and the Media" (2016, Palgrave) creates a framework for understanding how journalists stigmatise the issue of suicide and what can be done to change the discourse.
Moving forward, I am working on a large-scale bid to look at how virtual worlds can support journalists and journalism students on how to ethically and responsibly report suicide... I am also working on my 4th book, "The Handbook of Suicide and the Media" (Routledge, 2022).
I speak widely in the area of suicide prevention, which also includes student mental health and marginalised groups. I am open to collaboration, so please do get in touch: email@example.com
- van Teijlingen, E., de Vries, R., Luce, A. and Hundley, V., 2017. Meer bemoeien met media (In Dutch: more engagement with media). Tijdschrift voor Verloskundigen, 41 (6), 28-29.
- John, A., Luce, A. et al., 2017. Newspaper reporting on a cluster of suicides in the UK: A study of article characteristics using PRINTQUAL. Crisis, 38 (1), 17-25.
- Luce, A., Jackson, D. and Thorsen, E., 2016. Citizen Journalism at the Margins. Journalism Practice.
- Van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P., Luce, A. and Hundley, V., 2016. Media, Health and Health Promotion in Nepal. Journal of Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences.
- Charles, M. and Luce, A., 2016. US 2012 Live: When the Classroom becomes a Newsroom. Cambridge Journal of Education.
- Luce, A., Cash, M., Hundley, V., van Teijilingen, E., Angell, C. and Cheyne, H., 2016. Is it realistic? The portrayal of pregnancy and childbirth in the media. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.
- Hundley, V., van Teijlingen, E. and Luce, A., 2015. Do midwives need to be more media savvy? MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 25 (1), 5-10.
- Luce, A. and Charles, M., 2015. Reporting US2012: Using Facebook to Communicate. Journalism Education.
- Hundley, V., Duff, E., Dewberry, J., Luce, A. and van Teijlingen, E., 2014. Fear in childbirth: are the media responsible? MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 24 (4), 444-447.
- John, A., Hawton, K., Lloyd, K., Luce, A., Platt, S., Scourfield, J. and et al, 2014. PRINTQUAL: The development of a measure for assessing the quality of newspaper reporting of suicide. Crisis: the Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.
- Jones, P., Gunnell, D., Platt, S., Scourfield, J., Lloyd, K., Huxley, P., Luce, A. and et al, 2013. Identifying Probable Suicide Clusters in Wales using National Mortality Data. PLoS One.
- Luce, A., 2012. The Bridgend Suicides: How the Story Unfolded. Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal, 12, 41-55.
- Luce, A. and Carter, C., 2007. Gender Representations in Children’s Television in the UK. Televizion, 21.
- Luce, A., 2007. Practical Research Methods for Media and Cultural Studies. Journalism Studies.
- Beasley, B., Collins Standley, T. and Luce, A., 2006. Newspaper versus Television: Trends in College Students’ Primary and Secondary News Selections. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal.
- Luce, A., 2019. Ethical Reporting of Sensitive Topics. Routledge.
- Luce, A., Hundley, V. and van Teijlingen, E., 2017. Midwifery, childbirth and the media.
- Luce, A., 2016. The Bridgend Suicides: Suicide and the Media. Palgrave MacMillan.
- Luce, A., 2019. Reporting Suicide. Ethical Reporting of Sensitive Topics. Routledge.
- Luce, A., Hundley, V. and van Teijlingen, E., 2017. Introduction. Midwifery, Childbirth and the Media. 1-5.
- Luce, A., Hundley, V. and van Teijlingen, E., 2017. The Portrayal of Childbirth and Pregnancy in the Media. Midwifery, Childbirth and the Media. Palgrave MacMillan.
- Luce, A., Hundley, V., van Teijlingen, E., Ridden, S. and Edlund, S., 2017. Midwives’ engagement with the media. Midwifery, Childbirth and the Media. 97-110.
- Luce, A., Hundley, V. and van Teijlingen, E., 2017. Social Media and Midwifery: What's being Posted? Midwifery, Childbirth and the Media. Palgrave MacMillan.
- Thorsen, E., Jackson, D. and Luce, A., 2015. Citizen journalism and civic inclusion: Access Dorset. In: Gordon, E. and Mihalidis, P., eds. Civic Media Reader. MIT Press.
- Thorsen, E., Jackson, D. and Luce, A., 2015. 'I Wouldn't Be a Victim When It Comes to Being Heard': Citizen Journalism and Civic Inclusion. Media, Margins and Civic Agency. 43-61.
- Luce, A., 2013. Moral Panics: Reconsidering Journalism's Responsibilities. In: Fowler-Watt, K. and Allan, S., eds. Journalism: New Challenges. Poole, England: CJCR: Centre for Journalism & Communication Research, Bournemouth University, 393-409.
- Luce, A. and Duncan, S., 2019. Suicide Reporting: We need to teach it better. In: World Journalism Education Congress 9-13 July 2019 Paris, France.
- Luce, A., Jackson, D. and Thorsen, E., 2016. ADTV and The Big Issue: Journalism Education for Marginalised People. In: World Journalism Education Congress 13-17 July 2016 Auckland, New Zealand.
- Luce, A., 2016. Social Media and Mobile Journalism Syndicate. In: World Journalism Education Congress 13-17 July 2016 Auckland, New Zealand.
- Thorsen, E., Jackson, D. and Luce, A., 2016. "The people must have their voices”: Empowering marginalised groups through citizen journalism’. In: International Association for Media and Communications Research World Congress 10-13 July 2014 Hyderabad, India.
- Luce, A., 2016. 'Everyone has something that might take them up to that edge’: Discourses and Narratives of Suicide in Fox’s GLEE’. In: Annual MeCCSA Conference 8-10 January 2016 Canterbury Christ University.
- Luce, A., 2016. Trauma Reporting and Suicide. In: World Journalism Education Congress 13-17 July 2016 Auckland, New Zealand.
- Luce, A., van Teijlingen, E. and Hundley, V., 2016. Fear in Childbirth: Is the media responsible? In: Interdisciplinary Research Week 23 March 2015 Bournemouth University.
- Luce, A., Thorsen, E. and Jackson, D., 2016. ADTV and The Big Issue: journalism education for marginalised people. In: Annual MeCCSA Conference 6-8 January 2016 Canterbury Christ Church University.
- Jackson, D., Thorsen, E. and Luce, A., 2014. Citizen journalism for empowerment: Moving in from the margins? In: ECREA Annual Conference 12-15 November 2014 Lisbon.
- Luce, A., Cash, M., Hundley, V., Cheyne, H., van Teijlingen, E. and Angell, C., 2014. Representations of Childbirth in the Media: Does it matter how childbirth is portrayed? In: MeCCSA conference 8-10 January 2014 Bournemouth University.
- Thorsen, E., Jackson, D. and Luce, A., 2014. Empowering disabled and older people through citizen journalism. In: Annual MeCCSA Conference 8-10 January 2014 Bournemouth University.
- Luce, A. and Charles, M., 2014. Disrupting narratives with ‘digital extras’: Cross-platform documentary production and non-linear storytelling in “The Engineer”. In: MeCCSA Conference 8-10 January 2014 Bournemouth University.
- Hundley, V., Luce, A., Cash, M., Van Teijlingen, E., Angell, C. and Cheyne, H., 2013. Does it matter how childbirth is portrayed in the media? In: Gold Perinatal Care Online Conference 26 November 2013-17 January 2014 Online.
- Cash, M., Luce, A., Hundley, V., van Teijlingen, E., Angell, C. and Cheyne, H., 2013. The Portrayal of Childbirth in the Mass Media. In: Reimagining Birth International Symposium 2-3 July 2013 University College Dublin.
- Luce, A., 2013. Reporting Suicide. In: MeCCSA Conference 8-11 January 2013 Derry, Northern Ireland.
- Luce, A., 2013. When Pranks Go Wrong: How did the British Media Report the suicide of Jacintha Saldanha? In: International Association of Suicide Prevention World Congress 24-27 September 2013 Oslo, Norway.
- Scourfield, J., Jones, P., Gunnell, D., Platt, S., Huxley, P., Lloyd, K., Luce, A. and Dennis, M., 2012. An initial Investigation of the Apparent Suicide Cluster in Bridgend 2007-2008. In: British Association for the study and prevention of child abuse and neglect 17 April 2012 Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Luce, A., 2011. The Infantalisation and Stigmatisation of Suicide: Findings from the Bridgend Suicides. In: International Association of Suicide Prevention World Congress 13-17 September 2011 Beijing, China.
- Luce, A., 2011. Reporting Suicide: How Social Networking Helps the Eager Journalist. In: International Association of Suicide Prevention World Congress 13-17 September 2011 Beijing, China.
- Luce, A., 2009. Reporting Bridgend. In: MeCCSA PGN Conference 8-9 July 2009 Bangor University, Wales.
- Luce, A., 2008. Yea though I was through the Valle of Death: The Tale of Bridgend. In: European Symposium on Suicide Prevention 27-30 August 2008 Glasgow, Scotland.
- Luce, A., 2007. The Press as Perpetrators of Childhood Bullying and Suicide. In: SOCSI PGN Conference 27 February 2007 Cardiff University, Wales.
- Luce, A. and International Association of Suicide Prevention, 2017. Preventing Suicide: A Resource for Media Professionals. Geneva: World Health Organisation. Available from: https://www.who.int/mental_health/suicide-prevention/resource_booklet_2017/en/.
- Luce, A. and International Association of Suicide Prevention, 2016. Recommendations for Blogging on Suicide. https://www.bloggingonsuicide.org/. Available from: https://www.bloggingonsuicide.org/.
- Luce, A. and WJEC Syndicate Members, 2016. Social Media and Mobile Journalism Syndicate Report. World Journalism Education Congress.
- Luce, A., 2011. Media Analysis: Children’s Health Information Matters: Researching the practice of and requirements for age appropriate health information for children and young people,. NHS National Institute for Health Research.
- Carter, C. and Luce, A., 2009. Gender Representations in Children's Television in the UK and Europe 2007-2009. Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation and IZI.
- Luce, A. and International Association of Suicide Prevention, 2008. Preventing Suicide: A Resource for Media Professionals. World Health Organisation. Available from: http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/resource_media.pdf.
- van teijlingen, E., Luce, A., hundley, V., Angell, C. and Cheyne, H.. Watching television for pregnancy advice—is this beneficial for expectant mothers?. Available from: http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/bmcseriesblog/2016/03/16/watching-television-pregnancy-advice-beneficial-expectant-mothers/.
- Luce, A.. Mental Health Stigma a hurdle in preventing disease. Available from: https://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/cjcr/2013/10/11/mental-health-stigma-a-hurdle-in-preventing-disease-ann-luce/.
- The Engineer, 2013. Film.
- Hundley, V., Luce, A., Edlund, S., Ridden, S. and van Teijlingen, E., 2017. Changing the narrative around birth: midwives’ views of working with the media. In: 31st ICM Congress Midwives making a difference in the world.
- Matt Taylor. Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
- Nabaraj Mudwari. The role of Nepalese Media in Health promotion: A critical perspective on Nepalese Media Discourse
- Terri Coates. The Representation of Childbirth & Early Labour: A Multi-Modal Analysis of Media Discourses
Profile of Teaching PG
- Digital Magazines 2012-2015
- Journalism in Global Contexts 2012-2014
Profile of Teaching UG
- Communication Skills 2011-2015
- Major Multi-Media Projects 2011-present
- Features and Online 1 2011-present
- Writing for the Media 2012-2015
- Dissertations 2011-present
- News Theory and Ethics 2012-present
- Media: Messages and Meanings 2013-2014
- Media and Trauma 2015-present
Trauma Reporting and Suicide, Auckland, New Zealand, 16 Jul 2016 more
World Journalism Education Congress,
Social media and Mobile Journalism Syndicate, Auckland, New Zealand, 13 Jul 2016 more
World Journalism Education Congress
Fear in Childbirth: Is the media responsible?, Bournemouth University, 23 Mar 2015 more
Interdisciplinary Research Week
Suicide Reporting and Research in the UK, Jacksonville, Florida, 30 Mar 2016 more
University of North Florida
When Pranks Go Wrong, Oslo, Norway, 23 Sep 2013 more
International Association of Suicide Prevention
The Infantalisation and Stigmatisation of Suicide, Beijing, China, 10 Sep 2011 more
International Association of Suicide Prevention
Bullycide: A Pressing Issue, Vienna, Austria, 08 Sep 2007 more
International Symposium on Suicidality and Suicide in the Media
Fear in Midwifery: Is the Media to blame?, Cafe Boscanova, Bournemouth, 04 May 2015 more
Cafe Scientifique, Bournemouth
- Journalism Students' Perspectives on Reporting Suicide (Hunter Institute for Mental Health, Australia, 01 Aug 2016). Awarded
- Assessing the Media Representation Impact of Midwifery (Centre for Excellence in Learning, 01 Sep 2015). Awarded
- How do midwives engage with social media? (Centre for Excellence in Learning, 01 Sep 2014). Awarded
- Childbirth Literature Database (JRG, Bournemouth University, 01 Jan 2013). Awarded
- Empowering disabled and older people through citizen journalism (Fusion Funding, Bournemouth University, 01 Jan 2013). Awarded
- Bridgend Suicides Database (JRG, Bournemouth University, 01 Jan 2012). Awarded
- The Bridgend Suicides: How the Story Unfolded (British Academy, 01 Jan 2011). Awarded
- Reducing Suicide Rates in Wales (Welsh Assembly Government, 01 Jan 2010). Awarded
- University of Chester, External Examiner (2013-)
- Government of Norway, Consultant (2013-)
- Suicidology Online, Contributing Book Editor (2012-)
- Welsh National Assembley, Consultant (2008-2013)
- International Association of Suicide Prevention, Member of the Media Task Force (2008-), http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/resource_media.pdf; Preventing Suicide: A Resource for Media Professionals
- Journalism Studies, Book Reviews Editor (2007-2013)
- Coventry University, External Examiner
- Bournemouth and Poole College, External Examiner
- MeCCSA, Chair of MeCCSA Disability Network, http://www.meccsa.org.uk/
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Prof. Vanora Hundley, Dr. Ann Luce and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen ran a debate for Cafe Scientifique, Bournemouth
- BU Festival of Learning 2014 - Debate: Fear in childbirth: Is the media responsible?
- Access Dorset ADTV citizen journalism project
- IASP 2019 Congress, Journalism Students Perspectives on the Reporting of Suicide in the UK and Ireland, 17 Sep 2019, Derry, Londonderry
- International Confederation of Midwives 31st Triennial Congress, Changing the narrative around birth: midwives’ views of working with the media, 18 Jun 2017, Toronto, Canada
- PhD in Journalism Studies (Cardiff University, 2010)
- PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Bournemouth University, 2013)
- BSc in Communications, emphasis in Print Journalism (University of North Florida, 2003)
- PhD Supervisor Training in Supervisor Training (Bournemouth University, 2013)
- Vice Chancellor Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education Practice (Bournemouth University, 2013)
- BU NewsLab Radio News Day Category (Advisor to US2012) (Broadcast Journalism Training Council, 2013)
- Winner of Live Programming (Advisor to US2012) (National Student Television Association, 2013)
- Runner Up for Factual Programming (Advisor to US2012) (National Student Television Association, 2013)
- Nominated for Vice Chancellor Award by Associate Dean, Karen Fowler-Watt (Bournemouth University, 2012)
- You're Brilliant Award, nominated and voted by students (Bournemouth University Students Union, 2012)
- You're Brilliant Award, nominated and voted by students (Bournemouth University Students Union, 2014)
- Vice Chancellor Award, nominated, Collaborative Award, Study Exchange Lead for FMC (Bournemouth University, 2014)
- Vice Chancellor Award, nominated, Collaborative Award, Access Dorset (Bournemouth University, 2014)
- Winner, People's Choice Award (New Media Writing Prize, 2013)
- American Association of Suicidology, Member (2008-), http://www.suicidology.org/
- European Communication Research and Education Association, Member (2010-), http://www.ecrea.eu/
- Florida Press Club, Executive Board Member (2005-2006), http://floridapressclub.org/
- International Association of Suicide Prevention, Media Task Force Member (2007-), http://www.iasp.info/
- Investigative Reporters and Editors Association, Member (2004-), http://www.ire.org/
- Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association, Member (2008-), http://www.meccsa.org.uk/
- Society of Professional Journalists, 2003, http://www.spj.org/
External Media and Press
- Midwifery in the UK media, BBC Radio Scotland, 29 Apr 2019. https://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/hss/2019/05/02/bbc-radio-scotland/