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 Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh

Head of School

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

+44 29208 79916
Room 2:66, Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Media commentator


Hello, I am Matt Walsh.

I am head of the school of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University, where I teach undergraduate and postgraduate students.

I have a wide range of experience in the media, including many years in TV and digital news.

I am very interested in digital political communication and I am writing a PhD on how politicians use social media and the impact it is having on political journalism.

Do drop me a line if you would like to know more.


I am head of school at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture. Before joining Cardiff I spent six years at the University of Northampton where I was head of the department of journalism, media and performance studies.

Prior to moving into higher education, I worked as a journalist and executive producer in broadcast and digital media for more than 20 years.

In 1999 I joined ITN from the BBC as a reporter and rose to become Deputy Editor of the ITV News Channel.

I worked on stories such as the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq war and the 7/7 suicide bombings in London. I also executive produced ITV’s coverage of the 2004 American presidential election and the 2005 budget.

I moved to The Times in 2006 where I set-up its multimedia journalism department and launched podcasts and web video series with presenters including John Oliver, Clive James and Gordon Ramsay.

I have launched multiplatform broadcast and digital services and worked around the world as both a consultant and trainer.

I still continue to combine teaching with consultancy and industry work.

I’m also working on a PhD looking at the impact of social media on political journalism.






I currently teach on the broadcast journalism pathway of MA Journalism and also take an undergraduate module looking at the media as a business sector.

My main research focus is looking at how politicians use digital media to communicate directly with voters and the impact this has on political journalism. This is the subject of my doctoral research.








I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am a member of the Standards Code Committee for the press regulator, IMPRESS.

Professional memberships

Member of the Association for Journalism Education

Member of the Royal Television Society

Member of the International Political Science Association

Member of the Political Studies Association

Industry affiliations:

Awards judge 2014-19, ITV News Group

Awards judge Royal Television Society Journalism Awards 2016-20

Awards judge Royal Television Society Student Media Awards 2018

Awards judge PSVI Film Competition 2019

External examiner:

Leeds Trinity University: BA Hons Broadcast Journalism (2018 onwards)

University of Bedfordshire: BA Hons Broadcast Journalism and BA Hons Sports Journalism (2015 to 2019)

University of Lincoln: BA Hons Journalism (2015 to 2018)

Broadcast Journalism Training Council accreditation inspector. (2016 onwards)