Quinn bio

Stephen Quinn has worked as a writer, journalist and journalism professor for almost five decades in nine countries. He makes videos and teaches people how to make videos with only a smartphone. (Page updated 21 November 2022.)

Dr Quinn writes feature screenplays — he won first prize in a dark comedy screenwriting festival in 2019 — and makes short films. His most recent film is Karma Waters (7 minutes; 2022). My Plastic Friend (13 minutes) was made in 2021 and Lockdown Love (8 minutes) in 2020.

He has published 26 print books (the latest appeared in 2018) as well as four iBooks. Details about all of his books can be found here. He also runs a small press that publishes poetry books. Dr Quinn has been writing about wine and making videos about wine since March 2010.

Dr Quinn is a part-time professor of mobile journalism at Kristiania University in Norway where he teaches people how to make videos with only a smartphone. He also runs MOJO Media Insights, a digital consulting company based in Brighton in the UK.

From 2011-13 Dr Quinn was digital development editor at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Prior to his return to journalism, Dr Quinn taught multi-media journalism at universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and China between 1996 and 2011.

Between 1975 and 1995 Dr Quinn worked across all media platforms in Australia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He has been a journalist with regional newspapers in Australia; the Bangkok Post in Thailand; the Press Association, BBC-TV, Independent Television News and The Guardian in London; the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney; the Middle East Broadcasting Center in Dubai (while teaching in the UAE); and Television New Zealand.

MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook (Boston: Focal Press 2015), co-written with Dr Ivo Burum is one of the world’s most adopted books about mojo. Find it at Amazon here. Book Authority chose this book on the list of the 100 most influential journalism books. Read more about it here.

More about Quinn’s books can be found at his Amazon author page.

Stephen Quinn, wine poseur

Wine writing: Until the Covid lockdown Dr Quinn contributed to a range of print and online wine magazines and web sites. He published a weekly wine column online for almost a decade (archives can be found here). The print magazines included Meininger’s Wine Business International (Germany), Lieu Dit (UK), the drinks business (UK), Epicure (Singapore) and Sommelier India. Examples of magazine articles can be found on this site as pdf files or links.

Dr Quinn is currently a director on the board of the International Federation of Wine Journalists (FIJEV). He is also Fijev’s UK representative, and administers Fijev’s YouTube channel. Dr Quinn has made videos (with only an iPhone) for DecanterChina.com. Details are available here. Examples of his videos, all made with only an iPhone, can be found at his YouTube channel and his Vimeo Professional site.

Dr Quinn’s wine column appeared in five English-language daily newspapers in Asia for a decade: The Sunday edition of The Statesman, India’s oldest English-language national daily, China Post in Taiwan (digital only since 2017), The Jakarta Globe in Indonesia (digital only since 2017), China Daily (March 2010 until March 2012) and MyPaper in Singapore (2014-2018).

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A tough life: Wine columnist hard at work

The best way to contact Stephen Quinn is via email: sraquinn (at) gmail (dot) com. His Skype “handle” is sraquinn and his Twitter account is @sraquinn. You can also find Stephen Quinn on Facebook and Linkedin.

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