Fiona specialises in teaching broadcast journalism to all students from first year to postgraduate. She worked for the BBC as a radio and television journalist for 20 years. She produced the regional news programme North West Tonight for many years, winning two Royal Television society awards.
Fiona teaches practical broadcasting techniques with a emphasis on working as journalists do in real newsrooms. Students learn many skills including filming, editing, writing and presenting. Her classes are very hands-on, as she encourages students to learn by doing their own interviews. Fiona takes a senior lead in the practical skills teaching, particularly in television skills.
Fiona has had an extensive career in broadcast journalism. She began working in independent radio in Wrexham, before moving to the BBC to work as a radio journalist. She spent several years reporting, producing and presenting radio at BBC stations across the north of England. She then moved to television as a broadcast journalist and worked in the Manchester newsroom for 15 years. During that time she reported and produced many programmes,. For 8 years, she produced the regional news programme BBC North West Tonight, winning two Royal Television society awards. During her time at the BBC she worked on many major news stories including the Shipman trial, the Morecambe Bay Cockling disaster and the Rochdale Grooming scandal. Fiona now serves as a Royal Television Society judge and has many contacts in industry who generously give their time to help students on our courses. As well as her work with the University of Central Lancashire, she still works as journalist in various ways, including helping to cover elections for the BBC and writing travel articles.
- BA General Honours specialising in French (2:1), Birmingham University, 1991
- Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism, Cardiff University, 1993
- Television Journalism
- Radio Journalism
- Digital Video
- Royal Television Society Judge