After starting out in local newspapers in Brisbane’s north, he moved to the UK where he contributed to the Scottish national newspaper, The Scotsman. Upon returning to Australia, he ran the country’s largest media analysis division appearing on more than 20 radio programs each week and contributing a weekly column to The Australian. He has also contributed to magazines across a range of areas including property, investment, motoring and lifestyle.
Matt has spent the last six years working in television, including C News and the Nine Network’s news and current affairs division before rising to become a Senior Producer and Bureau Chief for the Today Show. He won the CBAA Award for Best New Program in 2004 and was the Nine Network’s Star Performer for 2007. He has also produced for the National Geographic Channel, BBC and CNN.
Today, Matt appears as a panellist on Sky News Australia’s The Melbourne Report and is the online editor of Monash Journalism’s mojo and also manages his own hyperlocal news portal for Brunswick, The Brunx.
He is currently undertaking his PhD project: an interactive documentary examining the personal and social effects of government policies to promote transition from welfare to work for single parents in the Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows. He is interested in hyperlocal reporting, data analysis and visualisation, social media and innovative news gathering techniques including mobile and drone journalism.
Matt lectures in video and online journalism at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and is the unit coordinator for ATS1329, ATS3919 and APG4781.