Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Kate Watkins

Undergraduate Tutorand Director of TV News Training, Broadcast Journalism programme

0113 343 8376

Clothworkers' Building North, 1.04

Office hours: Tuesday 10-1300. Wednesday 11-12available by email appointment.

MA University of Oxford English Language and Literature


I worked for BBC TV for almost two decades as a senior television producer and manager,  spending eight years as News Editor and Newsgathering Editor of  Look North, the BBC regional news programme for Yorkshire.

After graduating from Oxford University, I started my career at the Sheffield Star newspaper, before joining the prestigious BBC News Trainee scheme. I worked as a Producer on BBC One O’clock and the BBC national Weekend News, and programme producer in Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham. I won two Royal Television Society awards for programmes I produced on the Bradford riots and the nanny Louise Woodward who was jailed in the US for murder, plus various awards for Look North and Northwest Tonight. I have also written for Supernanny magazine and featured in The Guardian newspaper’s Family section for a year.

I joined  the department as Director, TV News Training in January 2007 and prior to moving to my current role as Undergraduate Tutor and Alumni Officer, I was Programme leader for the Broadcast Journalism degree. I helped to organise our successful international conference on Broadcast News and the Active Citizen (Leeds, 2008).

In May 2014 , I was awarded the University’s best Personal Tutor in the Partnership Awards, having been nominated for two successive years by students from the department.


Research Interests


TV news journalism,journalism skills, journalism ethics,multimedia news reporting, student personal development and employability


I currently teach on the following modules:

  • COMM 2318 TV News Production
  • COMM 3390 Live  News Production
  • COMM 3350 Broadcast Journalism Placement
  • COMM 1330 Camera and Editing for Journalists
  • COMM 3301 Individual Project Portfolio


As Undergraduate Tutor, I am responsible for overseeing students’ pastoral care, including  our Leeds for Life personal tutor system. I work in partnership with students at our Student Staff Forum, and arrange a peer mentoring scheme to enable first year students to settle into University life.

I oversee the weekly Media Futures events, aimed at developing students’ employability skills and personal confidence through talks ,workshops and visits from guests engaged in the media industry.

I act as a key link with the broadcast media, including the BBC’s Project North partnership, to facilitate placements, and promote job opportunities . Every year I organise a Careers day, where panels of Leeds graduates give tips on how to get into the industry – see http://media.leeds.ac.uk/ug/what-do-our-graduates-do/ . and http://media.leeds.ac.uk/ug/what-do-our-graduates-do/ics-careers-day-6-february-2013/

I am the department’s Alumni Officer and a member of the University’s Leeds for Life working party and the PVAC Faculty Employability Working Group.

Research Centres & Groups

member of the department’s Journalism research group and the feminist reading group.

External Appointments

External Examiner-BA Hons TVand Radio University of Salford.

Previously External Examiner School of Journalism University of Lincoln and University Subject Representitive  for Journalism, Leeds Trinity


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