Hello, I am Matt Walsh.
I am a senior lecturer in journalism at 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 digital media and the impact it is having on political journalism.
Do drop me a line if you would like to know more.
I’m a senior lecturer in journalism at Cardiff University. 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 movimg 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.
- Ollerton, J; Walsh, M; Sullivan, T (2019) Press freedom is necessary to advance environmental protections across the world Democratic Audit
- Walsh, M. (2018) Reporting Elections: Rethinking the Logic of Campaign Coverage by Stephen Cushion and Richard Thomas. Journalism. 19(6), pp. 893-895. 1464-8849.
- Walsh, M. (2017) Can an MP become a newspaper editor? The Huffington Post blog. 17/03/2017
- Walsh, M. (2017) Does Osborne’s Evening Standard need to reflect London’s new politics? Huffington Post blog. 09/06/2017
- Walsh, M. (2017) Snap election surprises – a quantitative analysis of Facebook use by political actors in the 2017 UK General Election. Paper presented to: Journalism, Society and Politics in the Digital Media Era, Limassol, Cyprus, 01-03 September 2017.
- Walsh, M. (2017) The alternate and influential world of the political parties’ Facebook feeds. In: Jackson, D. and Thorsen, E. (eds.) UK Election Analyis 2017: Media, Voters and the Campaign. Bournemouth: The Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community. pp. 96-97.
- Walsh, M. (2017) Understanding Labour’s ingenious campaign strategy on Facebook. British Politics and Policy Blog. 10/11/2017
- Walsh, M. (2016) Reinventing the attack ad: the use of Facebook and YouTube video by political parties during the UK 2015 General Election. Paper presented to: 24th World Congress of Political Science, Poznan, Poland, 23-28 July 2016.
- Walsh, M. (2015) Book review – Media Talk and Political Elections in Europe and America. European Journal of Communication. 30(5), pp. 617-618. 0267-3231.
- Walsh, M. (2015) There now follows a party election broadcast. In: Jackson, D. and Thorsen, E. (eds.) UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign. Poole: Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, Bournemouth University. p. 43.
- Walsh, M. (2014) Al Jazeera – Behind the scenes. [Web video]. youtube.com: YouTube.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am a member of the Standards Code Committee for the press regulator, IMPRESS.
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
Awards judge 2014-19, ITV News Group
Awards judge Royal Television Society Journalism Awards 2016-19
Awards judge Royal Television Society Student Media Awards 2018
Awards judge PSVI Film Competition 2019
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)