Prof Steven Knowlton


Prof. Steven Knowlton is a veteran journalist and journalism educator whose  research interests centre on journalism ethics.  He was a working journalist – reporter, editor, photographer and, once, a weekly  newspaper owner – at seven newspapers and a wire service across 18 years before returning to graduate school, where he earned a Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis, USA, for his study of a group of Irish political journalists in the 1850s.

He was a Knight International Journalism Fellow in Chisinau, Moldova, in 2006, where he co-founded that country’s first independent journalism programme. He has taught journalism and developed journalism curricula in seven countries.  He has written or edited six books, most of them on journalism ethics.“We have a fairly good handle on how journalism for an individual region – often a country, but not always – ought to work, how customs, cultures and laws combine to create the space in which responsible reporters and editors can do their jobs and fulfill their societal obligations,” Steven says.

“But what we don’t have is a broader vision, a set of guiding principles which can be applied to today’s – and tomorrow’s — much broader universe of journalism, both physical and virtual. FuJo is exactly the sort of institution that can take up this sort of question.”