Louise Matthews

Senior Lecturer, Communication Studies

Phone: 921 9999 extn 6801

Email: louise.matthews@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

School of Communication Studies
AUT City Campus


  • Master of Communication Studies (1st Class Hons), Auckland University of Technology (2002)
  • Tertiary Teaching Certificate, AUT (1998)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), Zoology, University of Liverpool, UK (1983)
  • National Certificate in Newspaper Journalism, National Council for the Training of Journalist

Memberships and Affiliations:


Louise has more than 30 years of professional journalism experience in both UK and NZ industry, in print, broadcast and online She has more than 18 years of academic experience in both postgraduate and undergraduate journalism education, in UK and NZ. She first taught at AUT from 1998 and has recently returned after 14 years overseas, latterly spent running the MA Multimedia Journalism degree at Bournemouth University Her doctoral research centres on social media in a social movements and protest context

Teaching Areas:

Undergraduate Teaching
  • JOUR700 Journalism III: Depth, Speciality and Data
  • JOUR701 Journalism IV: Features, Profiles and Investigation
Postgraduate Teaching
  • JOUR804 Journalism Theory and Practice

Research Areas:

  • Social media and communication in journalism; protest; use by police
  • Social media and social movements
  • Home invasion as a moral panic

Current Research Projects:

Undertaking doctoral research (PhD Journalism, Bournemouth University) on social media engagement for protest in a social movements and citizen journalism context, focusing on use of Twitter by individual and mostly anonymous police officers in the UK


  • Matthews, L., & Anwar, D. (2013). sports journalism and social media. In K. Fowler-Watt, & S. Allan (Eds.), Journalism: New challenges (pp. 303-322). Bournemouth: Bournemouth University
  • Matthews, L. (2014). INTRO: A Beginner’s Guide to Journalism in 21st-century Aotearoa/New Zealand. Pacific Journalism Review, 20((1)), 235-238 Auckland University of Technology, Pacific Media Centre
  • Matthews, L. (2017). A Moral Truth. 150 years of investigative journalism in New Zealand. Pacific Journalism Review, 23 (2) Auckland University of Technology, Pacific Media Centre
  • Matthews, L., 2003. The latest casualty: Phillip Knightley and media failure. Pacific Journalism Review, 9 (1), 22-25

Research Dissemination: Conference Papers and Presentations include

  • Matthews, L. (2016). Tweeting off the Beat. In World Journalism Education Congress. Auckland, New Zealand
  • Matthews, L. (2014). Twitter and Alternative Voices within Police. In MeCCSA Annual Conference 2014 (Media, Communication and Cultural studies Association). Bournemouth, UK.
  • Matthews, L. & Rose, 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’ UNESCO Scottish 10 Conference 23-24 November 2011, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • 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 a Contemporary World 10-12 December 2010 Brunel University, UK
  • Matthews, L (2002) Teaching journalism students to avoid a moral panic: ‘Home Invasion’ and a New Zealand case study in Journalism Educators Conference (JEA),  2-6 December 2002, Hong Kong, China
  • Matthews, L (2001) ‘Home Invasion’ and a New Zealand Moral Panic Journalism Educators Conference (JEA), 3 - 6 December 2001, Perth, Australia


  • AUT Excellence in Research Award (School of Communication Studies) 2002 for MA thesis Home Invasion – the role of the New Zealand media in a moral panic case study