Senior University Teacher
BA (Liverpool John Moores), PgDip (Falmouth, Sheffield)
Katie joined the department in August 2004 after some stints of teaching broadcast journalism at Hallam and Sheffield universities both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Katie is the director of undergraduate studies.
Katie's own education includes a BA in Media & Cultural Studies from Liverpool John Moores and a postgraduate diploma in Radio Journalism from Falmouth College of Art and Design. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from the University of Sheffield and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
She began her journalistic career in radio news, working as a reporter and presenter for Northants 96, Metro FM, BBC Radio Cumbria and BBC Radio Cleveland. She then worked as Deputy News Editor for Century Radio in Newcastle, managing a team of seven journalists. She co-presented the two-hour drive-time news show Century 21 News.
Katie's career moved from radio to television in 1995, when she was a reporter and presenter for ITV Yorkshire's regional news programme, Calendar. She has covered a wide variety of news, sport and features and have regularly fronted live news programmes – both from the studio and out on location. She has also acted as a media consultant for Derbyshire police and has delivered presentation training to the sports team at Betway in London.
Katie is a highly experienced, committed and talented educator with a national profile who has played a growing leadership role in the department in recent years. In 2015 she received a Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences award for her work in developing the undergraduate journalism curriculum in the light of both industry changes and pedagogical developments. She has consistently contributed in a number of ways to learning and teaching in the department, the faculty and journalism education nationally, placing enhancement of the student experience at the heart of her practice.
Katie is the module leader for the following modules:
- JNL220 Live News Production
- JNL314 Advanced Broadcast Journalism
- JNL309 Broadcast Portfolio
She has a strong and evidenced commitment to reflective practice and disseminates her expertise and the impact of her achievements internally and externally. Her professional practice background has given her an extensive network of contacts which she uses on behalf of the students – evidenced by her innovations as careers officer to enhance students' employability, which resulted in a nomination for the Students Union Academic Awards 2012 for working towards employability. Her professional networks also keep her in close touch with journalism, and the long list of her students who win prestigious industry prizes year after year is one testament to her ability to stay current and able to embed important changes effectively into her teaching.
Katie is also currently the widening participation co-ordinator for the department and runs taster days to help introduce school children from disadvantaged backgrounds to journalism.
Katie's research areas include journalism education, civic engagement, and video journalism.
(J) Holmes, D., Kinsey, M. and Stewart, K. (2009) 'On location: Gathering Raw Material', in Chapman, J and Kinsey, M. (eds) Broadcast Journalism a Critical Introduction, London, Routledge pp85-95
Refereed journal articles
Udall, A., Forrest., Stewart., K (2014) 'Locating and building knowledges outside of the academy: approaches to engaged teaching at the University of Sheffield', Teaching in Higher Education vol 20, issue 2 pp158-170, Taylor and Francis
Refereed conference papers
Illsley, Y and Stewart, K 'Practice-based teaching and the student experience' at 'Enhancing the Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship', University College London, 28.6.16
Stewart, K. (2016) 'Accreditation: Is our identity under threat?', Association of Journalism Educators annual conference, Newcastle University 24.6.16
Illsley, Y and Stewart, K., (2016) 'Handing over the reins', University of Sheffield annual Learning and Teaching conference 7.1.16
Udall, A., Forrest. D, Stewart., K 'Our city: the value of civic engagement in the curriculum', University of Sheffield annual Learning and Teaching conference January 2012
Holmes, D., Kinsey, M. and Stewart, K. 'Video Journalism', MECCSA national conference, Leeds, 2005