Staff Profiles: Erika Barnes

Erika Barnes

Staff Profile: Erika Barnes
Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Erika Barnes

Erika Barnes

Senior Lecturer in Journalism


As a broadcast journalist for over twenty years, I took great pride in the quality of my news writing and story-telling. My aim is to share my experiences, helping students gain courage and skills to embrace opportunities in the news industry.


After starting my career in independent local radio, I then moved to BBC Radio Oxford, contributing to local and national news coverage and hosting my own radio shows. I moved into TV with ITV Central where I reported on major news and sports events for a regional audience – including the RAF’s role in the Gulf War, and coverage of Premiership rugby and the Cheltenham Festival.   

Now, as an academic, I am even more proud of the achievements of my students, as I watch them develop into the new generation of journalists. 


Award Title Institution Date
BSc (Hons) Sports Science Liverpool Polytechnic 1982
PG Diploma Radio & Television Journalism Preston Polytechnic 1983
PGCE (PCE) Postgraduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education DeMontfort University 2007

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow Higher Education Academy

Teaching and research


I teach Writing and Presentation for Radio and TV journalism; Professional News Practice in Newsdays and Newsweeks.  I also supervise Final Year Projects, Dissertations and Work Placements.




My research will focus on work based learning and careers for journalism students.

External responsibilities

External examining

Previously external examiner for MA Broadcast Sports Journalism at Staffordshire University