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.
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.
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.