Alan Knight (academic)

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Alan David Knight (born 1949, Brisbane, Australia, died 20 February 2017, Sydney, Australia) was an adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre of Asia Studies at Hong Kong University, a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong and Emeritus Professor at Central Queensland University. He was Head of the Graduate School of Journalism at University of Technology, Sydney and Head of journalism at the Queensland University of Technology from 2005 to 2009.

Academic career[edit]

Doctorate of Philosophy (1998), University of Wollongong. Thesis: Reporting South East Asia: Australian Foreign Correspondents. Bachelor of Arts (1974), University of Queensland.

Knight started his academic career in 1990 as Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney (1990–1992), and was subsequently appointed Director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism in 1992. He was later appointed a board member of the ACIJ in 2004.

Knight was the foundation Chair of Journalism and Media Studies at the Central Queensland University (1998–2006), and served as the University's president of the Academic Board, and a member of the Council and Senior Executive (2000–2005). In 2006 Knight was appointed as an Emeritus Professor at Central Queensland University.

In 2006 Knight was appointed the Chair Journalism Media and Communication at the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology.

Knight served as the Australian representative and Board member of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) and was subsequently appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre of Asia Studies at Hong Kong University. He was also a visiting professor at Hong Kong University.

Knight continued to play an active role in Australian radio journalism, and was national spokesperson for Friends of the ABC in 2007. He was a founding Director of Brisbane Community Radio station, 4ZZZ in 1975.

Journalism career[edit]

Before becoming an academic, Dr Knight was a reporter, a ministerial public relations staffer, and an Executive Producer responsible for budgeted program production, casual employees and staff supervision. He began his journalism career in 1973 as Brisbane correspondent for the Nation Review, before working for Queensland Newspapers, AAP, and the ABC and in 1997, Radio Television Hong Kong.



  • Reporting Hong Kong: The Foreign press and the handover. Curzon Press/St Martins Press London/New York (Co-author: Yoshiko Nakano) 1999

Selected Refereed Journal Article and Chapters[edit]

  • "Who is a journalist?" Journalism Studies. Volume 9 Number 1. Routledge. London. pp 117/114. 2008
  • "The Taking of the ABC" Australian Options Number 51. Adelaide. pp13/16. 200
  • "Jihad and the Media: Osama bin Laden as reported in the Asian Pacific press." Pacific Journalism Review. Auckland. NZ. Vol.13.No.2 pp155/174 2007.
  • "Radical Media in the Deep North: The Origins of 4ZZZ Radio" Queensland Review. Brisbane. Vol. 14, No. 1. pp 95 – 105. 2007
  • "Capturing Digital Natives; The News Corporation Agenda" eJournalist, Volume 6, (1). ( ) 2006.
  • "The 'political gorilla' and the Pacific Forum" Pacific Journalism Review. Auckland, NZ. Volume 11 (2) pp 170/190. 2005
  • "Covering the Boxing Day Tsunami: the media mandate." Australian Studies in Journalism. University of Queensland. Brisbane. Number 15. pp 56/ 91 2005
  • Knight, A. Abusalem, A. "Educating Journalists in a globalised world" eJournalist. Volume 5(1). ( )
  • "Ratbags, revolutionaries and free speech; the radical press in Queensland in 1968. Pacific Journalism Review, Vol 10 (1), Auckland 2004, pp 153/170
  • Knight, A., Ubayasiri, K. “Terrorism of the world wide web” Gulf Media Review Online. Zayed University.( ) 2003.
  • Chengju Huang, Chris Lawe Davies, and Alan Knight “Beyond Party Propaganda: A case study of China’s rising commercialised press, eJournalist, CQU, Rockhampton, 2003
  • "Australian based foreign correspondents and their sources" eJournalist. Volume 1 (1) ( ) 2001
  • "Investigative Journalism on the Internet". Australian Journalism Review. Vol 22 (2), Sydney. 2000 pp 48/58
  • “Covering the Global Village” Media Asia. AMIC. Singapore. Vol 25 ( 2) pp 71/77. * “Fact or Friction? The collision of journalism values in Asia” Australian Journalism Review 1998 pp166/185
  • "Hong Kong: the future begins" IPI Report, (Los Angeles: International Press Institute1997) 8/13.
  • "Reinventing the Killing Fields: Press coverage of Cambodia", in Austral-Asian Image Cultures, ed. M. Dever (London: Curzon Press/University of Hawaii Press, 1997).
  • "Dispatches: Australian Foreign Correspondents in their cultural and historical context". Arena, October/November 1995. 42–44.
  • "Thai press freedoms a challenge a region" Reportage, Summer 1995 : 31/33.
  • "Re-inventing the wheel: Sources used by Australian Foreign Correspondents in Southeast Asia". Media Asia. Asian Mass Communications and Research Centre. Singapore. Volume 22 (1), 1995. 9/17.
  • “Closed circle covers the Asia round”, Reportage, Summer 1994: 19–22.
  • "Mis-reporting Cambodia", Australian Journalism Review November 1994. Queensland University of Technology. Brisbane. 17/44.
  • "De-regulating Australian Broadcasting", On the Record Hong Kong Journalists' Union, Volume Two Number One, Hong Kong. 16/18
  • "Kill One, Warn 100: State secrecy and reporting on China.", Reportage, Winter 1994: 38–39.
  • "ABC in Orbit: Australia Television International's conflicts of interests", Arena, May/June 1994: 5–7.
  • "Exporting Exploitation: Foreign investment in the Pearl River Delta", Arena, December/January 1993: 21–23.
  • "Election week in Cambodia", Arena, August/September 1993:24–25. 1991 * "An Inconvenient Victim", Travesty! Miscarriages of Justice, ed. K. Carrington et al., Sydney: Pluto Press, 1991:162-70.

Refereed Conference Papers[edit]

  • "Truth and Trumours; Journalism, Blogging and the Internet" AMIC Conference Manila, July 2008.
  • "Making old media new; journalism re-invents itself in the new millenium [sic]" AMIC Conference Manila, July 2008.
  • "The Big Picture: Impact of new technologies on the media scene" Invited international speaker. Arab Media Forum. Dubai. 23.04.08.
  • " Convergence : The intersection of citizen and mainstream journalists on the internet". Keynote address.Convergence, Citizen Journalism and Social Change Conference, AMIC, Brisbane 26/28.03. 2008
  • "Covering Disasters and the Media Mandate: The 2004 Tsunami" “Free speech in China: an analysis of press coverage of the Article 23 debate” Asian Media Information Research Centre Conference, Beijing, July. 2005
  • "Rupert Murdoch, Globalisation and the Australian Media" Humanities Conference, New Hall, Cambridge University, 2 August 2005.
  • “Free speech in China: an analysis of press coverage of the Article 23 debate” Asian Media Information Research Centre Conference, Bangkok, July 2004.
  • “Online journalism education: Reaching and teaching globalised media” Journalism Education Conference, Sydney 27 November 2003 “It’s in your hands; Reflecting on the Passing of Edward Said” (Keynote Address). Edward Said Remembrance Conference, Myer Asialink Studies Centre, Melbourne University. 18 November 2003
  • “Globalised Journalism in the Internet Age”, The Humanities Conference, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece. 2 July 2003 2002
  • “CHOGM, Terrorism and the Press” Journalism Education Association Conference, Baptist University, Hong Kong, 6 December 2002.
  • “Ejournalism: production, communication, interaction and research opportunities for reporters”, Informing Sciences Conference, Cork University, Ireland. 23 June 2002. * “Digital News – Bringing Journalism to the Community” Matthew Simpson, Michael Docherty, Jay Burmesiter & Alan Knight, Information Technology in Regional Areas, CQU, Queensland, 26/29.8.2002
  • “Reporting News: The Internet and Terrorism”, Knight, Alan and Ubayasiri, Kasun, Media Terrorism and a Culture of Peace, Asia Media and Communications Conference, Perth, 26 June 2002 2001
  • "What's News in a global society?” Mediating Globalisation Conference, Brisbane 16 July 2001 2000
  • "Regional Journalism and Internet Technology" Central Queensland Regional Outlook Conference, Yeppoon, 15 April 2000
  • "Won't get fooled again: the rise of radical radio in Queensland" Journalism Education Association Conference, Maroochydore, Queensland. 1999
  • “Information rich or poor? Spin controlling the Hong Kong Handover” AMIC, Chennai, India. June. 1998
  • " Foreign Reporting and the Internet", Asian Advertising and Media Conference, Hong Kong University. 22. 4.98. 1997
  • "Washing away one hundred years of shame: Chinese media coverage of the handover". Freedom Forum Asian Centre, Hong Kong. 2.12.97
  • "Handover coverage: Deconstructing handover reporting". Centre of Asia Studies. University of Hong Kong. 20.11.97.
  • "The Future of the Media in Hong Kong and China: the responsibilities of journalism educators under one country two systems" The East West Centre Conference for Journalists. Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club. 15.11.97."Fact or Friction? The collision of journalism values in post colonial Asia". Centre for Asian Studies, Hong Kong University. 29.5.97.
  • “Will the ‘truth’ set you free? Journalism culture and the prospects for change”. Asia Pacific Media Conference. International Federation of Journalists. Sydney. 7.2.95. * "The Ghosts of Colonialism: Australian foreign correspondents in Asia". Asian Mass Communications and Research Centre, Annual Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia. 24.6.95.
  • "Neighbours: How Asians report on Asia". Asian Press Forum. Freedom Forum. Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club. 2.12.94.
  • "Cultural sensitivity or censorship? Australia's International Television Service". Asian Mass Communications and Research Centre, Annual Conference, Bangkok, 24.6.94.
  • "Selling Journalism Education", National Conference of the Australian Communication Association, Bond University, July 1992. 1991
  • "Australia's Media Monopolies", Indonesian Press Institute, Jakarta, January 1991. * "Military Censorship and Propaganda", Gulf War Symposium, University of Sydney, 20 March 1991. * "The Role of Broadcasting in Unlocking the Academies", Ideas for Australia Conference, State Library of New South Wales, 23 March 1991.
  • "The ABC's Corporate Plan", International Communications Association Conference, University of Technology, Sydney, July 1991.