Karen Fowler-Watt

Professor Karen Fowler-Watt

  • Professor of Journalism and Global Narratives
  • Weymouth House W335, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Dr Karen Fowler-Watt is Professor of Journalism and Global Narratives. 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...



Re-imagining journalism and journalism education: Fowler-Watt, K., and Jukes, S., (2020) New Journalisms: Rethinking Practice, Theory and Pedagogy. London: Routledge. Upcoming publication: Palgrave Handbook of Media Misinformation (co-edited with McDougall, J). Publications and conference papers on marginalised voices, trauma, autobiographical journalism and reporting conflict. Collaborative projects with Charles, M., on story listening and immersive approaches to storytelling, working with former child soldiers in Colombia.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Peace, justice and strong institutions

"Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels"

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Partnership for the Goals

"Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development"

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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

  • Aaron Takhar. How are behvavioural management software's impacting on student-teacher relationships in Secondary schools, (In progress)
  • Jason Hallett, (In progress)
  • Rebecca Hindley, (In progress)
  • Andrew Bissell. The Experience of Becoming: A Hermeneutic Study of Journalism Education, (Completed)
  • Jo Royle. Journalism entrepreneurship and higher education, (Completed)
  • Nicole Blanchett - Neheli, 2019. News by numbers: How analytics are changing journalism
  • Emanuele Bussa. Role of stringers in reporting the Syrian conflict
  • Isabel Forrest. In what ways does the role of the placement prepare students on media production courses for their professional lives
  • Louise Cottrell. The value of making: A study exploring students’ experiences of producing video work
  • Rebecca Pride. Intimate scenography: exploring the drama of the costume fitting as a micro-performance

Profile of Teaching PG

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

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Professional Perspectives and Global Voices
  • Dissertations
  • Journalism Ethics and News Theory
  • Multimedia Major Projects

Invited Lectures

  • Virtual, 13 Oct 2022 more
  • Imagining alternative futures:, Salzburg, Austria, 26 Jul 2022 more
  • The Evolution of Journalism Education, Carleton University, Ottawa, 23 Oct 2020 more
  • 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


  • Evaluating Media Literacy with a Theory of Change (DCMS, 01 Nov 2022). Awarded
  • Mi Camino (My Path): Strengthening resilience among teenagers at risk of recruitment by armed groups in Colombia (Global Challenges Research Fund, 16 May 2022). Completed
  • Post-Contributor Lived Experience (Independent Television Service, 12 Apr 2021). Awarded
  • Media Literacy versus Fake News: Critical Thinking, Resilience and Civic Engagement (US Embassy, 01 Jan 2019). Completed
  • 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

  • Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma (Europe), Trustee and Board Member (2023-)
  • University Centre Peterborough, External Examiner BA (Hons) Journalism (2022-2026)
  • York St John University, External Examiner (2021-2025)
  • Goldsmith's University, London, External Examiner (2020-)
  • Cardiff University, External Examiner (2019-2023)
  • Ofcom, Member, Ofcom Media Literacy Network (2019-)
  • Media for Change, Member, Board of Advisors (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
  • One World Media, Member
  • Ofcom, Member, Media Literacy Network

Internal Responsibilities

  • Academic Advisor BAMMJ L 6, Communication and Journalism
  • Lead IPPM - one of 2 appointed by Vice Chancellor, IPPM

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 07 Dec 2020
  • Media Practice and Education, 02 Jan 2019
  • Journalism Practice, 01 Jan 2017
  • Journal of Media Practice, 01 Jan 2015
  • Media Education Research Journal, 01 Jan 2013

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • External Examiner (21 Jan 2020)
  • External Examiner (01 Jan 2020)
  • Editorial Board member (01 Oct 2019)
  • HE Careers Forum
  • Education project
  • Member, Board of Advisors Media4Change
  • Judge

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
  • Ofcom Panel of Experts: The State of Public Service Broadcasting, Presentation. Ofcom

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-),
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Member,
  • Association of Journalism Education (AJE), Member,
  • BERA, Member,
  • Broadcast Journalism Training Council, Board Member,
  • Higher Education Academy (Advance HE), Senior Fellow,
  • MeCCSA, Member,
  • National Council for Training of Journalists, Member,
  • Salzburg Academy for Media and Global Change, Fellow,