Karen Fowler-Watt

Dr Karen Fowler-Watt

  • 01202 965129
  • kfowler-watt at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Principal Academic
  • Weymouth House W335, 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...



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

  • 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

Profile of Teaching UG

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

Invited Lectures

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


  • E-Voices: Redressing Marginality (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 01 Jan 2018). Awarded

External Responsibilities

  • 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

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • 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

Conference Presentations

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

Consultancy Activities

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

Attended Training

  • Strategic Academic Leadership, 01 Jan 2016


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


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