Quinn bio

Stephen Quinn has worked as a journalist for almost five decades, with a parallel career as a university academic for 15 years. In the time he has lived in nine countries. Now he makes videos and teaches people how to make videos with only a smartphone. (Page updated 29 May 2023.)

Dr Quinn also writes feature screenplays — he won first prize in a dark comedy screenwriting festival in 2019 — and makes short films. He has published 26 print books as well as four iBooks. Details about his books and movies can be found here.

He currently runs MOJO Media Insights, a digital consulting company based in Brighton in the UK. 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.

In March 2023 Dr Quinn retired from his position of professor of mobile journalism at Kristiania University in Norway, where he had worked since 2014.

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, 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 selected this book for its 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 serving his second five-year term as 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.

Until 2018 Dr Quinn’s wine column appeared in five English-language daily newspapers in Asia: The Sunday edition of The Statesman, India’s oldest English-language national daily, China Post in Taiwan, The Jakarta Globe in Indonesia, China Daily (March 2010 until March 2012) and MyPaper in Singapore (2014-2018) plus the WineTimes Facebook site in Hong Kong.

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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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