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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.


  • 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 & 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.