Karen Fowler-Watt

Dr Karen Fowler-Watt

  • Senior Principal Academic
  • Weymouth House W335, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Dr Karen Fowler-Watt is a Senior Principal Academic and formerly Head of the School of Journalism, English and Communication (2007-2018). She is research theme lead for journalism education in the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP). As a BBC journalist, she 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 made documentaries for File on 4 and she 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.

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 political theory in the School of Government and Politics at Harvard University, where she also taught UG students history and literature and worked for Reuters and Newsweek...



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



  • Jukes, S. and Fowler-Watt, K., 2020. Fergal Keane: hopes that BBC reporter’s courage will help remove stigma of PTSD in journalists. The Conversation. Published online.
  • Jukes, S. and Fowler-Watt, K., 2020. Fergal Keane: hopes that BBC reporter’s courage will help remove stigma of PTSD in journalists. The Conversation. Published online.

PhD Students

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

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Narrating Identities
  • MA Multimedia Journalism - Documentary Journalism
  • Doctor of Education in Creative Media Practice

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Professional Perspectives; Broadcast Journalism;Multimedia Major Projects
  • Dissertations
  • Journalism Ethics and News Theory

Invited Lectures

  • Trauma awareness and Journalism Educaton, Leipzig, Germany, 05 Oct 2017 more
  • Reimagining journalism education: restoring conne, Beirut, 14 Aug 2017 more
  • Telling the Stories of Others, Salzburg Austria, 26 Jul 2017 more
  • Journalists and the stories of others, Salzburg, Austria, 19 Jul 2016 more
  • The Journalist as Creative Storyteller, Elevebakken Oslo January 2013


  • Media Literacy versus Fake News: Critical Thinking, Resilience and Civic Engagement (US Embassy, 01 Jan 2019). Awarded
  • Children of the Revolution:: Animating their lives to promote reconciliation (HEFCE: Global Challenges Research Fund, 01 Jul 2018). Awarded
  • E-Voices: Redressing Marginality (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 01 Jan 2018). Awarded
  • Hostile environment training for journalists: a mobile learning platform for the international news agency Reuters (HEIF, 01 Jan 2014). Awarded

External Responsibilities

  • Goldsmith's University, London, External Examiner (2020-)
  • Cardiff University, External Examiner (2019-2023)
  • Ofcom, Member, Ofcom Media Literacy Network (2019-)
  • Press Gazette British Journalism Awards, Judge (2018-)
  • Royal Television Society Awards, Judge (2017-)
  • University of Essex, External Examiner (2016-2020)
  • University of Central Lancashire, External Examiner (2015-)
  • Broadcast Journalism Training Council, Board member (2007-), http://www.bjtc.org/
  • Broadcast Journalism Training Council, Council Member

Internal Responsibilities

  • Lead IPPM - one of 2 appointed by Vice Chancellor, IPPM
  • Member (HoD), FASC

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • MA Television Journalism Goldsmith's University of London
  • External Examiner MA International Journalism Cardiff University
  • Journal of Media Practice and Education
  • Journalism, Media and Publishing at University
  • Integration of Global Voices into journalism curricula
  • Careers and HE advice in local schools; judge in local journalism competition;charity work
  • Advisor on social justice and civic media projects for international network

Conference Presentations

  • MDLAB17, Reimagining journalism education: restoring connectivity and rebuilding trust, 07 Aug 2017, Beirut
  • Media Education Summit 2017, Cross cultural student journalism exchange (covering the U.S. election), 15 Jun 2017, Segovia, Spain

Consultancy Activities

  • MA International Journalism and Hostile Environment Training, external reviewer. University of Ulster

Attended Training

  • Supervisory Development Training for Established Supervisors., 01 Jun 2019
  • Strategic Academic Leadership, 01 Jan 2016


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


  • British Sociological Association Auto/Biography Study Group, Member (2013-),
  • Broadcast Journalism Training Council, Board Member,
  • National Council for Training of Journalists, Member,
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