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Matt Walsh is head of the department of journalism, media and performance at the University of Northampton. 

Prior to joining the university in 2014, he spent 20 years as a journalist in broadcast and digital media.

In 1999, Matt joined ITN from the BBC as a reporter and rose to become deputy editor of the ITV News Channel. He covered stories such as the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq war and the 7/7 suicide bombings. He also executive produced political programmes, including ITV’s coverage of the 2004 American presidential election.

In 2006, he moved to The Times to establish the multimedia journalism department before returning to ITN.

Matt combines teaching with industry work for international organisations, such as Thomson Reuters and Al Jazeera, and writing a PhD on the impact of social media on political journalism.

Teaching Interests

As a senior lecturer in journalism and media studies, Matt taught across a number of modules, including law and politics, but specialised in the teaching of broadcast and digital journalism.

Since becoming head of department, Matt has continued teaching on a number of BA Multimedia Journalism and BA Multimedia Sports Journalism modules. 

  • JOU2017 – Media Theory and Research Methods
  • JOU2022 – Sports Journalism Research Skills
  • JOU3002 – Journalism Practical Project
  • JOU3017 – Multiplatform Journalism
  • JOU4001 – Journalism Dissertation

Research Interests

Matt's research centres on the use of social media by political organisations and its impact on political journalism. He is currently completing a PhD looking at this area, with special regard to the UK General Elections of 2015 and 2017.

External Roles

Code Committee member at 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

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Falmouth University

1 Oct 199630 Jun 1997

Bachelor, King's College London

1 Oct 199230 Jun 1995

PhD, City, University of London

1 Feb 201531 Dec 2019

External positions

External Examiner, Leeds Trinity University

1 Sep 2018 → …

External examiner, University of Bedfordshire

1 Sep 2016 → …

External examiner, University of Lincoln

1 Sep 20141 Jul 2018

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election Social Sciences
facebook Social Sciences
social media Social Sciences
journalism Social Sciences
election reporting Social Sciences
broadcasting Social Sciences
election campaign Social Sciences
political actor Social Sciences

Research Output 2015 2018

Reporting Elections: Rethinking the Logic of Campaign Coverage by Stephen Cushion and Richard Thomas

Walsh, M., 2 Jun 2018, In : Journalism. 19, 6

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearch

election reporting
book review

Snap election surprises - a quantitative analysis of Facebook use by political actors in the 2017 UK General Election

Walsh, M., 18 Dec 2018, (Accepted/In press) Journalism, Society and Politics in the Digital Media Era. Jukes, S., Jebril, N. & Iordanidou, S. (eds.). Intellect

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapterResearchpeer-review

political actor

The alternate and influential world of the political parties’ Facebook feeds

Walsh, M. P., 19 Jun 2017, UK Election Analysis 2017: Media, Voters and the Campaign: Early reflections from leading academics. Jackson, D., Thorsen, E. & Lilleker, D. (eds.). Poole: The Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, p. 96-97 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapterResearch

Open Access
social media
natural disaster

Understanding Labour’s ingenious campaign strategy on Facebook

Walsh, M., 11 Nov 2017, British Politics and Policy Blog, 10/11/2017.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication types ArticleResearch

Open Access
Labour Party

Reinventing the attack ad: the use of Facebook and YouTube video by political parties during the UK 2015 General Election

Walsh, M. P., 23 Jul 2016, p. 1-12. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to conference typesPaperResearch

Open Access
social media

Activities 2017 2018

  • 2 Participating in a conference or workshop

IPSA World Congress of Political Science

Matt Walsh (Participant)
24 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch


Journalism, Society and Politics in the Digital Media Era

Matt Walsh (Participant)
1 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch


Press / Media