Dr Sophie Knowles is a senior lecturer in journalism. Her PhD based on a trination longitudinal study of the reporting of three financial crises. She has previously held research and teaching posts at: Murdoch University, Australia; City University, London; and the University of Cambridge.
Learning & Teaching Interests
Sophie teaches a number of different modules, including: fundamental law and ethics in journalism, Investigative Techniques, Entrepreneurship and Global Journalism. She focuses on bridging theory and practice and experiential learning is a core concept in her pedagogy. She established the Journalism Conversation Series based on the concept, which allow students to apply theory and encourages students to learn through practice and critical reflection.
Research Outputs & Interests
Her main areas of research have centred on the role of the media in financial crises, and the way political economy is being shaped and represented by media and understood by the general public.
Her publication The Reporting of the GFC and the Declining Quality in Mainstream Financial Journalism: A Longitudinal Tri-Nation Study was nominated for best paper at the ICA.
Her book, Mediating financial crisis: watchdogs, lapdogs or canaries in the coalmine, is being published by Peter Lang in 2019 and explores the role of journalists in mediating finance and the economy during times of crisis.
She co-edited the book Media and austerity: comparative perspectives and has publoished a paper on the media and financial capability. (Routledge 2018.)
She also explores the implications of gender in the newsroom and in news content, and the ways inequality is being represented by the media.
In 2019 Sophie is a ZeMKI reseearch fellow at the University of Bremen, Germany.