Susie Boniface

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(journalist, author)
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Fleet Street hack and author. Often sarcastic, occasionally right. Fox (n) carnivore of genus vulpes; crafty person; scavenger; (vb) to confuse; to be drunk
Born Susan Elaine Boniface
23 June 1977

Susie Boniface (born 23 June 1977) is a journalist and author who has written for many newspapers and uses the pseudonym 'Fleet Street Fox' in her Daily Mirror column and on Twitter. She used the name Lillys Miles while writing an anonymous blog, but revealed her identity when her book "Diaries of a Fleet Street Fox" was published in 2013.

Career

Susan Elaine Boniface was born in Tonbridge, Kent in 1977. Susan first worked at the Kent & Sussex Courier for three years after leaving school.[1][2] She worked at the Plymouth Herald as defence reporter.[3] She worked for The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and the Press Association before joining the Sunday Mirror where she worked for 10 years, until she volunteered for redundancy in March 2012.[4] Boniface lectured for four years at Brunel University and in 2016 joined the journalism department as a visiting lecturer at City University London.[5]

Awards

Boniface was nominated for the 2009 British Press Awards for her campaign "British Nuclear Test Vets".[6] She won 3rd "must follow journo" in the 2011 CRAPPs awards as Fleet Street Fox.[7] Fleet Street Fox won the London Press Club Blog of the Year in 2013.[8] She was nominated for Columnist of the Year (popular press) in the 2014 Society of Editors Press Awards.[9]

Fleet Street Fox

Boniface began her first anonymous blog, now removed, in April 2009 and started tweeting as fleetstreetfox in October 2009.[10] She started a second news-based blog as Fleet Street Fox in 2011.[11] She revealed her name in The Times of February 11, 2013, [3] at the same time her book was published by Constable & Robinson, though her identity was not a closely kept secret before then;[12] she had been named on Twitter in 2011 by Chris Atkins[13] and again after a spat with Jemima Khan in May 2012.[14][15] She was accused of "hypocritical misogyny" by Sarah Ditum in 2012.[16]

Julie Burchill praised her blogging in the British Journalism Review, but said of the book, "Reader, I hated it."[17] Broadcaster Jeremy Vine described it as "the first book I've read that starts at 90mph and speeds up". [4] In March 2012, Boniface founded her own media company Foxy Media Limited (No.07976382).

Personal life

Boniface separated from her husband, a Sun journalist, in 2006.[18] Her book described both her work as a journalist and their divorce, in which she referred to him using the insulting pseudonym, Twatface.[19]

 

A Document by Susie Boniface

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Suffer the little childrenArticle12 November 2012Jimmy Saville
2003 Iraq War
David Kelly
Boris Johnson
Nine years ago the BBC was at the centre of another frenzy when it similarly accused the government of misleading the public. Only then it wasn't child abuse, it was starting a war after publicly stating our enemy could launch chemical weapons within 45 minutes of the order being given.


References

  1. Kent Press & Broadcast Awards - The Judges
  2. The GoThinkBig interview: Fleet Street Fox, on tabloids, becoming a journalist, and Leveson. Molly Pierce. 26 February 2013
  3. Fleet Street Fox is former Plymouth Herald reorter Susie Boniface. February 12, 2013
  4. Ian Burrell: The internet Antichrist who is converting online evangelists. Ian Burrell. 28 May 2012
  5. https://twitter.com/fleetstreetfox/status/757856617538859009
  6. Press Gazette British Press Awards 2009: The shortlist. Dominic Ponsford, 25 February 2009
  7. The CRAPPs 2011 – winners announced! 15 December 2011
  8. BBC Newsnight journalists win award for spiked Jimmy Savile investigation. Jason Deans 22 May 2013
  9. Sunday Times leads the way as nominations announced for Society of Editors Press Awards. Press Gazette 28 February 2014
  10. [1] 26 October 2009
  11. [2]
  12. Fleet Street Fox: anonymity was crucial to my freedom. Brooke Magnanti 12 Feb 2013
  13. 30 December 2011
  14. Revealed: The secret Twitter stars getting themselves into a web of mischief. Evening Standard. 11 May 2012. Richard Godwin
  15. So Susie Boniface is ‘Fleet Street Fox’: what a surprise. Andy McSmith. 11 February 2013. Independent Blogs.
  16. Sarah Ditum. 7 May 2012. Fleet Street Fox's hypocritical misogyny. New Statesman
  17. Julie Burchill. Not fleet, not foxy, not funny. British Journalism Review. Vol. 24, No. 2, 2013, pages 70-71
  18. Axe Grinder. Press Gazette. 24 September 2006
  19. Independent on Sunday. Review: The Diaries of a Fleet Street Fox, By Fleet Street Fox. A vixen's life among the vermin. Emily Dugan 24 February 2013

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