Louise Matthews

Louise Matthews

  • 01202 968837
  • lmatthews at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Journalism
  • Weymouth House W335, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Louise Matthews is framework leader of postgraduate journalism, programme leader of MA Multimedia Journalism degree and senior lecturer in multimedia journalism,with over 30 years of professional journalism experience. She is also undertaking doctoral research on social media (Twitter) engagement with particular focus on its different communication uses by police officers.

She has worked as an NCTJ-trained journalist since 1984 in print and TV news media, in UK, New Zealand, and Germany. Previous work includes NZ correspondent (stringer) for The Sunday Times, regular shifter at the Daily Mirror, freelance for Channel 4 online, staffer at Television New Zealand and a range of magazines and newspapers including Express & Star (West Midlands), Birmingham News & New Zealand Herald. She also worked for the NZ Department of Conservation and the NZ Police as media liaison officer.

Her publications include co-author Sports Journalism & Social Media in 'Journalism:New Challenges'(2013). She has lived in UK, NZ and Berlin.

Journal Articles

  • Matthews, L., 2014. INTRO: A Beginner’s Guide to Journalism in 21st-century Aotearoa/New Zealand. Pacific Journalism Review:, 20 (1), 235-238.
  • Matthews, L., 2003. The latest casualty: Phillip Knightley and media failure. Pacific Journalism Review, 9 (1), 22-25.


  • Matthews, L., 2013. Social Media and Sports Journalism. In: Fowler-Watt, K. and Allan, S., eds. Journalism: New Challenges. Bournemouth University: Centre for Journalism & Communication Research, 303-322.


  • Matthews, L., 2017. Tweeting off the beat: Social media and alternative voices of police as protester. In: World Journalism Education Conference 14-16 July 2016 Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Matthews, L., 2014. Twitter and Alternative Voices within Police. In: MECCSA 8-12 January 2014 Bournemouth University.
  • Matthews, L. and Rose, D.S., 2011. Jurassic Tweets: Can micro-blogging and social media be of value to World Heritage Sites? In: ‘I Know Where I'm Going: Remote Access to World Heritage Sites from St Kilda to Uluru’ 23-24 November 2011 Edinburgh.
  • Matthews, L., 2010. New Name for Old Crimes – ‘Home Invasion’ and How a Media-Driven Moral Panic Shaped Legislation in New Zealand. In: Moral Panics in Contemporary World 10-12 December 2010 Brunel University.

PhD Theses

  • Tweeting on the Beat: the use of social media by police, their publics, and crime reporters (supervisor: Einar Thorsen)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Academic Advisor
  • Digital Journalism
  • Multimedia Reporting Skills

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Major Media Project (Journalism)
  • Dissertation

External Responsibilities

  • Southampton Solent University, External Examiner (2012-)

Conference Presentations

  • World Journalism Education Conference, Tweeting off the Beat, 14 July 2016, Auckland, New Zealand


  • BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences: zoology (University of Liverpool, 1983)
  • MA in Communication Studies: Journalism (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, 2001)
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