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Matt Walsh

Journalism
Matt Walsh

Journalism Department

Email: matthew.walsh@city.ac.uk

PhD Title: The use of social media and disintermediated communication by politicians and the impact on the fact-checking, gate-keeping and agenda-setting functions of political journalism

Supervisor: Professor Michael Bromley

Brief description of research topic

The ways in which political actors communicate with electorates are changing and having unpredictable impacts on political journalism. Increasingly Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat are the places in which political campaigns are won and lost. But as politicians begin to curate their own audiences, how do political journalists ensure fairness, balance and accuracy in their coverage? It has become axiomatic to say elections have moved into a post-truth environment and that the echo-chamber effect means increasing polarisation of opinion, but what does that mean for the democratic process? This project will undertake a quantitative analysis of the use of Facebook and online video during the UK’s 2015 General Election and the Labour party leadership campaign of 2016. It will also feature a range of qualitative interviews with political actors and political journalists.

Research Interests

  • Social media and politics
  • Political journalism
  • Convergence in digital and broadcast journalism.

Education

  • FHEA; PG Dip Broadcast journalism, University of Falmouth
  • BA hons English language and literature, King’s College, London

Public Presentations and Conference Papers Given

  • May, 2016 - Research seminar, University of Northampton,  Reinventing the attack ad – the use of Facebook video by political parties during the UK general election of 2015.
  • July, 2016 - International Political Science Association, 24th biennial congress, Poznan, Poland. Reinventing the attack ad – the use of Facebook and YouTube video by political parties during the UK general election of 2015.

Teaching

  • Undergraduate teaching at the University of Northampton. Module leader 3rd year multimedia journalism, second year research methodologies, second year law and politics, dissertation tutor. Also lecture in digital design, digital and broadcast journalism, and current affairs.

Publications

  • Al Jazeera: behind the scenes – film for Jorum open educational resources
  • UK Election Analysis 2015 – There now follows a party election broadcast – Political Studies Association June 2015
  • Media Talk and Political Elections in Europe and America European Journal of Communication October 2015 30: 617-618,

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