Karen Fowler-Watt

Dr Karen Fowler-Watt

  • 01202 965129
  • kfowler-watt at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Head of School of Journalism, English & Communication
  • Weymouth House W338, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Dr Karen Fowler-Watt is Head of the School of Journalism, English and Communication. A former BBC journalist, who worked in Radio 4 News and Current Affairs as an output editor on The World at One and PM and The World this Weekend, Karen was a field producer in the Middle East, covering the Gulf Crisis and War in 1990/1 and producing news output from Moscow, Europe, Northern Ireland and the United States, with a stint as Washington bureau producer for Clinton’s US Presidential campaign. She joined the BBC as a graduate trainee working on You and Yours, File on Four, Today as well as in the Belfast newsroom.

Karen has a BA and an MA in History from the University of Cambridge. After graduating from Cambridge, she was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to study as a postgraduate student in the School of Government and Politics at Harvard University, where she also worked as a stringer for Reuters and Newsweek. In 2013, Karen was awarded her doctorate entitled, The Storytellers tell Their Stories: The Journalist as Educator by the University of Southampton...




The U.S. election campaign and subsequent victory of Donald Trump has led many journalists on both sides of the Atlantic to question their coverage of a story marked by populist rhetoric, distortion and fake news. But how did the next generation of journalists experience the campaign? This paper examines the progress of two teams of university journalism students, one British, one American, who joined forces to cover the highly charged Republican and Democrat conventions and election night. Through interviews with the students and their tutors, it explores the cross-cultural exchange and the students’ learning experience working for a real-time U.S. newswire and publishing to a multimedia website. Did the students from Britain and America, when brought together and working under pressure on one of the biggest news stories of the year, share the same professional values, normative practices and unwritten rules of journalism? Were they able to learn from each other and will these lived experiences influence their approach to journalism in the future?

Research papers for conferences based on recent doctoral thesis: The Storytellers tell Their Stories: The Journalist as Educator -- autobiographical journalism and the theory/practice blend in journalism education. Editorial leadership (book chapter) and edited collection Journalism:New Challenges.

Journal Articles




Scholarly Editions


PhD Students

  • Nicole Blanchett - Neheli (News by numbers: How analytics are changing journalism)
  • Andrew Bissell (Journalism Education)
  • Jo Royale

Profile of Teaching PG

  • MA Multimedia Journalism - Documentary Journalism
  • Narrating Identities

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Dissertations
  • Professional Perspectives; Broadcast Journalism;Multimedia Major Projects

Invited Lectures

  • Salzburg Media Academy for Global Change
  • The Journalist as Creative Storyteller, Elevebakken Oslo January 2013

External Responsibilities

  • University of Essex, External Examiner (2016-2020)
  • University of Central Lancashire, External Examiner (2015-)
  • Royal Television Society Awards, Judge (2017-)
  • Broadcast Journalism Training Council, Board member (2007-), http://www.bjtc.org/
  • Broadcast Journalism Training Council, Council Member

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Integration of Global Voices into journalism curricula
  • Journalism, Media and Publishing at University
  • Careers and HE advice in local schools; judge in local journalism competition;charity work


  • MA in History (University of Cambridge, 1988)
  • Doctor of Education in Journalism Education (University of Southampton, 2013)


  • Broadcast Journalism Training Council, Board Member,
  • National Council for Training of Journalists, Member,
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