Jamie Matthews

Dr Jamie Matthews

  • Principal Academic in Communication and Media
  • Weymouth House W420, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Jamie Matthews is Principal Academic in Communication and Media. His research interests include international communication, journalism studies, with a particular interest in disaster journalism, media framing of crises and conflict and its intersection with public opinion dynamics. Some of his recent work on media and disaster communication, terrorism and the role of media in democratic transition has been published in journals including International Communication Gazette, Asian Journal of Communication and Critical Studies on Terrorism. He is the co-editor of Media, Journalism and Disaster Communities (Palgrave, 2020).

Jamie is currently principal investigator on a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust funded research project on Covid-19 and the dynamics of group blame.

He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a PhD in Public Communication from Bournemouth University.

Jamie welcomes PhD proposals from prospective students in any of the above areas.


Journal Articles



  • Matthews, J., 2023. Open-Source Actors and UK News Coverage of the War in Ukraine: Documenting the Impacts of Conflict and Incidents of Civilian Harm. In: Mortensen, M. and Pantti, M., eds. Media and the War in Ukraine. Peter Lang.
  • Matthews, J., 2023. Conceptualising crisis: Events, crisis processes and collective sensemaking. Political Discourse and Media in Times of Crisis. 9-21.
  • Matthews, J., 2020. Kesennuma's building for the future and Ishinomaki's Rolling Press: Sharing localised news of recovery from Tohoku's disaster-affected communities. Media, Journalism and Disaster Communities. 53-66.
  • Matthews, J. and Thorsen, E., 2020. Introduction: Media, journalism and disaster communities. Media, Journalism and Disaster Communities. 1-16.
  • Matthews, J., 2019. News narratives across borders: the convergence of interests and patterns of meaning in international media coverage of disaster. In: Jonsson, H., ed. Narratives Crossing Borders: Transcultural perspectives. Stockholm University Press.
  • Matthews, J., 2018. The right of reply: UK journalism, source use and official discourses on counterterrorism. In: de La Brosse, R. and Holt, K., eds. Journalism in a world of terrorism – terrorism in the world of journalism. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Matthews, J., 2013. Journalists and their Sources: The Twin Challenges of Diversity and Verification. In: Fowler-Watt, K. and Allan, S., eds. Journalism: New Challenges. Centre for Journalism & Communication Research.
  • Matthews, J., 2012. Source attribution and perceptual effects. Proceedings of the ISLC 2012. International Symposium on Language and Communication: Research Trends and Challenges, 10th-13th June 2012. ISLC, 85-96.


  • Jackson, D., Abuali, Y., Matthews, J., Mellado, C., Nolan, D., Quinn, F. and Zhao, X., 2023. Towards a model of sports journalistic role performance? Comparing the materialization of journalistic roles in 37 countries. In: Between ideals and practices: Journalistic role performance in transformative times 24-25 May 2023 Toronto, Canada.
  • Jackson, D., Abuali, Y., Mellado, C., Quinn, F., Nolan, D., Zhao, X., Matthews, J. and Marquez-Ramirez, M., 2022. Towards a model of sports journalistic role performance? Comparing the materialisation of journalistic roles in 12 European countries. In: 9th ECREA European Communication Conference 19-22 October 2022 Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Matthews, J., 2021. ‘The Exchange of (Mis)information in International Media Reporting on Japan’s Responses to COVID 19’. In: Internationalisation Interrupted 1-2 July 2021 Sainsbury Institute.
  • Matthews, J., 2019. Kesennuma’s Building for the Future and Ishinomaki’s Rolling Press: sharing localised news of recovery from Tōhoku’s disaster-affected communities. In: IAMCR Annual Conference 7 July-11 October 2019 Madrid.
  • Matthews, J., 2017. The relationships between local newspapers and their communities in post-disaster environments. In: Provincial Newspapers: Lessons from History. 8 September 2017 Liverpool John Moores University.
  • Matthews, J., 2017. The right to reply: UK journalism, sources and official discourses on counterterrorism. In: Journalism in a world of terrorism 9-11 May 2017 FOJO Media Institute, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden.
  • Matthews, J., 2016. Local newspapers and their role after disaster: a case study of Ishinomaki, Japan. In: Annual MeCCSA Conference 6-8 January 2016 Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Matthews, J., 2015. Media and the 2011 disaster: crisis cycle and cultural frames in US and UK press coverage. In: Media, Communications, and Japan’s 3/11 Triple Disaster 9 April 2015 Centre for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan.
  • Matthews, J., 2014. Cultural stereotypes and media coverage of disaster: analysis and implications of international media framing of the 2011 Japan disaster. In: The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication 2014 13-16 November 2014 Osaka, Japan.
  • Matthews, J., 2013. The discursive construction of insecurity and risk in UK news narratives to alleged terrorist plots. In: Images of Terror, Narratives of (In)security: Literary, Artistic and Cultural Responses 23-24 April 2013 University of Lisbon.
  • Matthews, J., 2011. Alleged Plots and the UK Terror Threat: Examining the Effect of Source Attribution upon News Credibility. In: The Mediation of Security 18 May-18 February 2011 De Montfort University Leicester.
  • Matthews, J., 2008. News sources and the audience: developing a psychological approach to source attributions. In: The End of Journalism? 17-18 October 2008 University of Bedfordshire, UK.


Scholarly Editions

  • Jebril, N., Loveless, M. and Matthews, J., 2017. Societies in Flux: Media, Democratisation, and Political Socialization, Special Issue of Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, 8:2.. Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture.

PhD Students

  • Islam Aboualhuda, 2018. Media Discourse of Egyptian and Western Newspapers' Websites and Its Influence on the Formation of Images of Muslims and Islam post 25th January Revolution, (Completed)
  • Zaineh Al-Zoubi, 2022. The role of Al-Jazeera in the Syrian uprisings, (Completed)
  • Yasser Abuali. Exploring Journalistic Role Performance in Arab Journalism: The Case of Kuwait, (Completed)
  • Shepuya Famwang. The Role of the Media and Audience perception of the Fulani Herdsmen Conflict in Nigeria

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Media and Global Challenges (MA Media & Communication/MA Multimedia Journalism)
  • Dissertation (MA Media & Communication)
  • Communication Theory (MA Media & Communication)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • News Theory (BA Multimedia Journalism)
  • Dissertation (BA Communication & Media)
  • Media, Crisis and Conflict (BA Communication & Media/LLB Law)


  • Covid-19 and the Dynamics of Group Blame: Lessons Learnt and Future Implications (British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, 01 May 2022). In Progress
  • Constructive Crisis Communication: An Integrated approach to driving and evaluating crisis communication in frequently disaster prone (DAC) countries (Global Challenges Research Fund, 01 Sep 2020). Completed
  • Mediation of 3.11 disaster and its consequences (Japan Foundation Endowment Committee, 21 Jul 2014). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • University of Hertfordshire, External examiner (BA Mass Communications 2018-22)
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University, External examiner (BA Media, 2018-23)
  • University of Leicester, External examiner (MA Mass Communication 2023-)
  • Health Research Authority (East Midlands - Research Ethics Committee), REC Member 2022-


  • PG Cert in Education Practice (Bournemouth University, 2012)
  • PhD in Public Communication (Bournemouth University, 2010)
  • MA in International Relations (University of Sussex, 2002)


  • European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS), Member,
  • European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Member,
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Member,
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), Member,