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Personal profile

Biography

Current:

  • University Academic Lead for TESOF
  • Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Music, Humanities and Media since October 2014
  • Senior Lecturer in Journalism since 2006
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016 - current)

Previous experience in education:

  • TEF Panellist for Subject Pilot 2018
  • QAA Review Coordinator 2012 - 2018
  • QAA Reviewer 2006-2012
  • Former Subject Area Leader for Combined Honours 2014 to 2017
  • Formerly at Barnsley College (1993-2006) where roles included:
  • Course leader BA Journalism (validated Leeds University)
  • HE quality management leader
  • Course leader HND Journalism
  • National test setter and moderator for the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA exam board, Coventry
  • National HND module writer/developer for Edexcel

I have held external examiner posts for programmes with the University of Plymouth (at Truro College), Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester College) and Leeds Metropolitan University (Hull College).

For two years I worked as a part time quality reviewer for the Open College Network.

Journalism:

Prior to entering a career in education, I trained and worked as a journalist.

I hold the National Council for Training Journalists (NCTJ) National Certificate, and between 1987 and 1994 worked for:

  • Wakefield Express
  • Telegraph and Argus, Bradford
  • Halifax Courier
  • Yorkshire Post

Research Expertise and Interests

Currently investigating how jouranlists learn ethics in the post-Leveson environment, working with three regional newspaper groups to look at the impact of the community of practice on learning with early career journalists. Some of this work is funded by a bursary awarded by the Association of Jouranlism Education.

Other areas of interest include:

  • Blogging as an opportunity for experiential learning
  • Newspaper and magazine design
  • Changing formats of newspapers
  • Pedagogical research into improving interview skills

External positions

Panel member TEF Subject-Level Pilot, Higher Education Funding Council for England

1 Jan 20181 Dec 2018

Review Coordinator, Quality Assurance Agency

1 Nov 20121 Oct 2018

Reviewer, Quality Assurance Agency

1 Nov 20061 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • journalism
  • education
  • work-based learning
  • experiential learning
  • jouranlism ethics
  • Leveson
  • newspaper
  • newspaper design

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Research Output 2013 2015

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
4 Citations (Scopus)
journalism
graduate
learning
weblog
student

Exploring experiential learning through blogging

Ette, M. & Stoker, R., 1 Jan 2015, In : Journalism Education. 3, 2, p. 91-103 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
graduate
technical development
journalism
freelancer
learning

An investigation into blogging as an opportunity for work-integrated learning

Stoker, R., Sep 2013, ASET Annual Conference 2013: Proceedings of the 2013 Placement and Employability Professionals’ Conference. Siva-Jothy, D. (ed.). RP1

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
learning
creativity
employer
experience
graduate