Dr. Rachel Matthews

I made the move into academe following a 15-year career working in regional news and have subsequently combined my research interests with academic management and teaching commitments. I completed my PhD in Journalism Studies under the supervision of Professor Bob Franklin at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Cardiff. This work charted the development of the provincial newspaper business from its roots in the 18th century to its current disruption by digital technology today and is due to published as a monograph in 2017. I have received multiple funding awards to support my research and I am currently leading two projects; the first is looking at emerging forms of journalism practice for news workers in the legacy newspaper industry; the second is working with community-based participants to re-think the nature of local news provision.

  • Matthews, R. (2017) The Provincial Press in England. London: Bloomsbury [forthcoming]
  • Matthews, R. (2017) ‘The ideological challenge for the regional press; reappraising the community value of local newspapers’. The Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies [forthcoming]
  • Matthews, R., and Cestino, J. (2016) ‘Cultural norms and path dependence in business model innovation dynamics: the case of legacy provincial newspapers’. Journal of Media Business Studies
  • Matthews, R. (2015) ‘The Provincial Press in England, an overview’. In Routledge Companion to British Media History. Ed. by Conboy, M., and Steel, J. London: Routledge
  • Matthews, R. (2014) ‘The Emergence of the News Paradigm in the English Provincial Press. Journal of Historical Pragmatics 15 (2), 165-185.
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