Mathew Charles

Mathew Charles

  • 01202 965394
  • mcharles at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Journalism
  • Weymouth House W337, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Mathew Charles is an award-winning documentary film-maker and senior lecturer in journalism and documentary in the School of Journalism, English and Communication. He is a former BBC correspondent, where he worked mainly for BBC Breakfast and the BBC News Channel. He has reported extensively across Europe and Latin America. In 2003, Mathew was the BBC’s stringer in Guatemala. Mathew has also worked for flagship programmes, Newsnight and Today, and was a presenter on BBC World and BBC Three. Mathew is a fellow of the International Journalists’ Programme and received a George-Weidenfeld bursary to work for the main German TV news programme, Tagesschau, in 2011. As part of the bursary, he spent three months investigating the Hamburg cell of the 9/11 terror attacks for an ARD documentary. After leaving the BBC in 2009, Mathew worked as a reporter for CNN. He has also worked as a videojournalist for Euronews, AFP and Global Post. Mathew has been a contributor to the European affairs magazine, E!Sharp, and the website,



Mathew is currently in the third year of his PhD, investigating how journalists report violence in Colombia. His research interests focus on the relationship between journalism and democracy in times of conflict.

Other areas of research include documentary, interactive and gaming narratives, trauma and advocacy journalism.

Journal Articles


  • Charles, M., 2013. News, Documentary and Advocacy Journalism. In: Fowler-Watt, K. and Allan, S., eds. Journalism: New Challenges. Poole, England: CJCR: Centre for Journalism & Communication Research, Bournemouth University, 384-392.


  • Charles, M., 2015. Journalism and new violence in Mexico and Central America's Northern Triangle. Reporting an independent narrative on non-state armed groups. In: Frontiers in Central American Research 20 March 2015 Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London.
  • Charles, M., 2014. Reporting crime, corruption and conflict. Defending press freedom in Colombia's Bajo Cauca. In: Media and Governance in Latin America 13-14 May 2014 University of Sheffield.
  • Charles, M. and Luce, A., 2014. Disrupting narratives with digital extras: cross-platform documentary production and non-linear storytelling in 'The Engineer'. In: Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference 8-10 January 2014 Bournemouth University.
  • Charles, M., 2013. Reporting Europe's Last Dictatorship. Approaching 20 years of Lukashenko: History, Politics and Memory in Belarus. In: The Association for the Study of Nationalities 18-20 April 2013 Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York.
  • Charles, M., 2013. Guerrilla Journalism: Reporting the gang conflict and drug cartels of Central America. In: Media, War and Conflict 5th Anniversary Conference 11-12 April 2013 Royal Holloway, University of London.



Profile of Teaching PG

  • MA Journalism Projects
  • Digital Journalism, Documentary Journalism, Journalism in Global Contexts

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Major Multimedia Projects (Documentary, TV and radio specialisms)
  • Broadcast Journalism, Digital Storytelling, News Theory, Comparative Politics, Global Current Affairs

Invited Lectures

  • Filming The Engineer: gangs as political actors in El Salvador, St Antony's College, Oxford
  • Reporting Belarus at a conference entitled ‘Belarus and the EU’ at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Filming ‘The Engineer’: access, trauma and violence in El Salvador, MA Visual Anthropology, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciences Sociales (FLACSO), Ecuador
  • Constructing digital narratives in ‘The Engineer’. Documentary for the interactive age. Centro de Estudios en Periodismo (CEPER), Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá

Consultancy Activities

  • Consultant, Mentor and consultant. Malta Film Commission


  • PGCE in Education Practice (Bournemouth University, 2013)
  • MA in European Studies (London Metropolitan University, 2009)
  • BA (Hons) in French and German (University College London, University of London, 2000)


  • Best Cinematography (The Engineer) (DocsUtah, 2014)
  • New Media Writing Prize (The Engineer) (Bournemouth University, 2014)
  • Palm d'Or for the documentary, The Engineer (Mexican International Film Festival, 2014)
  • Best Documentary: Europe's Last Dictator (London Independent Film Festival, 2012)


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