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Karen Fowler-Watt

Senior Principal Academic, Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP), Bournemouth University

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. Her doctorate entitled, The Storytellers tell Their Stories: The Journalist as Educator was awarded by the University of Southampton in 2013. She is co-editor (with Professor Stuart Allan) of Journalism: New Challenges, which brings together contributions from BU colleagues and industry practitioners. In 2019, 'New Journalisms: Rethinking Practice, Theory and Pedagogy' (co-edited with Stephen Jukes) will be published by Routledge. Karen retains close links with industry, organising a number of conferences at BU on reporting conflict, news values and the NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference (2013). She speaks on panels nationally and internationally debating journalism ethics, trauma and journalism education. most recently in Leipzig at ECPMF and the Salzburg Media Academy. Engaged in a pedagogic project with Global Voices, her research interests cover reporting conflict, autobiographical journalism, trauma, ethics, storytelling and marginalised voices.


  • –present
    Senior Principal Academic, Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP), Bournemouth University