UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Associate Professor Donald Matheson

School of Language, Social and Political Sciences; Media and Communications

Fields of Research

  • Communication ethics
  • Discourse analysis, language as it is used
  • Journalism
  • New media, partic online journalism, digital radio
  • Newswriting and news language
  • Social media

Researcher Summary

Research interests lie in journalism studies, with a particular emphasis on discourse analysis of journalists' writing practices. This interest has taken him towards researching journalism in new media, as well as historical and ethical aspects of newswriting. He is also interested in journalism sociology and in the study of alternative media.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Groups

Future Research

  • Digital journalism practices
  • ethics of understanding in journalism

Key Methodologies

  • Discourse analysis
  • Corpus-assisted discourse analysis

Affiliations

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Authored Books
  • Matheson D. and Allan S. (2009) Digital War Reporting. Cambridge: Polity Press. 218pp.
  • Matheson D. (2005) Media Discourses: Analysing Media Texts. Maidenhead: Open University Press. 224pp.
Edited Volumes
  • Fitch K., Matheson D. and Bourk M. (Ed.) (2016) Special issue of Media International Australia (160): Rethinking Public Relations in the Australian and New Zealand Communication Landscape. London: Sage. 170.
  • Matheson D. and Bourk M. (Ed.) (2016) Communication Research and Practice, 'Special issue: Rethinking Communication, Space and Identity'. Abingdon: Routledge. 291-387.
  • Paterno D., Bourk M. and Matheson D. (Ed.) (2015) Refereed Proceedings of the 2015 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Rethinking Communication, Space and Identity. Queenstown: ANZCA.
  • Matheson D. (Ed.) (2011) The Electronic Journal of Communication (Vol 21, 1&2): Social Media in News Discourse. Rotterdam: Communication Institute for Online Scholarship. http://www.cios.org/www/ejc/v21n12toc.htm.
  • Mills CE. and Matheson D. (Ed.) (2005) Communication at Work: Showcasing Communication Scholarship: Publication of the Annual Meeting of the Australia New Zealand Communication Association 2005. Christchurch: ANZCA and the University of Canterbury. 1.
Journal Articles
  • Fitch K., Matheson D. and Bourk M. (2016) Rethinking public relations in the Australian and New Zealand communication landscape. Media International Australia 160(1): 6-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1329878X16651501.
  • Matheson D. and Jones A. (2016) Communication in a Post-Disaster Community: The Struggle to Access Social Capital. International Journal of Communication 10: 1622-1639.
  • Xin J. and Matheson D. (2015) The Chinese writer as empty signifier: a corpus-based analysis of the English-language reporting of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. Chinese Journal of Communication 8(3): 289-305. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17544750.2015.1051070.
  • Xin J. and Matheson D. (2013) The emerging practices of Chinese web journalism during the Beijing Olympics: A textual comparison with Western news sites. Pacific Journalism Review 19(1): 221-243. http://www.pjreview.info/volume-19/issue-1.
  • Hopkins K. and Matheson D. (2012) Talking in a crowded room: Political blogging during the 2008 New Zealand general election. Media International Australia (144): 108-117.
  • Matheson D. (2010) Minding the gaps. Media International Australia 136: 35-41.
  • Matheson D. (2008) Are the new media radically more independent? Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics 5(3): 13-16.
  • Matheson D. (2008) Critiquing the critical: A reflection on critical discourse analysis. Communication Journal of New Zealand 9(1): 83-96. http://hdl.handle.net/10092/2669.
  • Matheson D. (2007) The Interpretative Resources of Aotearoa New Zealand Journalists Reporting on Māori. New Zealand Journal of Media Studies (Online) 10(2): 40-46.
  • Matheson D. (2007) The making of a mainstream medium. Media International Australia (122): 216-216.
  • Hopkins K. and Matheson D. (2005) Blogging the New Zealand Election: The impact of new media practices on the old game. Political Science 57(2)
  • Allan S. and Matheson D. (2004) Online Journalism in the Information Age. Savoir, Travail & Société 2(3): 73-94.
  • Matheson D. (2004) Journalists as Interpreters: Gadamer and Elements of a Communicative Ethics in News Culture. Ethical Space: the international journal of communication ethics 1(2): 37-43.
  • Matheson D. (2004) Review of Cissna and Anderson, Moments of Meeting: Buber, Rogers, and the Potential for Public Dialogue. Discourse Studies 16(5): 673-674.
  • Matheson D. (2003) Scowling at Their Notebooks: The Management of Writing within British Journalism’s Reflexive Identity. Journalism 4(2): 165-183.
  • Matheson D. (2003) The Tacit Learning of the Journalism Student: Aspects of What Journalists Learn as They Learn to Write. Pauta Geral 10(5): 175-195.
  • Matheson D. (2000) The Birth of News Discourse: Changes in News Language in British Newspapers, 1880-1930. Media, Culture and Society 22(5): 557-573.
Chapters
  • Matheson D. (2015) International news at the periphery: A failure to connect. In Bo S; Xue L (Ed.), The Illusion of Intercultural Communication through Global Media: 190-206. Shanghai: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press.
  • Xin J. and Matheson D. (2015) Strange and Familiar: The Othering of Chinese Writer Mo Yan in US News. In Shan B; Christians C (Ed.), The Ethics of Intercultural Communication New York: Peter Lang.
  • Matheson D. (2014) History of Citizen Journalism. In Moy P (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Communication New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Matheson D. (2014) Journalism ethics. In Moy P (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Communication New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Matheson D. (2014) Tools in their pockets: How personal media were used during the Christchurch earthquakes. In Thorsen E; Allan S (Ed.), Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives, Vol 2: 99-112. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Allan S. and Matheson D. (2013) War reporting in a digital age. In Orton-Johnson K; Prior N (Ed.), Digital sociology: Critical perspectives: 151-168. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Matheson D. (2013) The power of online politics. In Rudd C; Kemp G; McMillan K; Bahador B (Ed.), Politics and the media: 132-144. Auckland: Pearson.
  • Matheson D. (2012) Facebook. In Donsbach W (Ed.), International Encylopedia of Communication Oxford: Blackwell/ICA.
  • Matheson D. (2012) People like us: The cultural geography of New Zealand's international news. In Hirst M; Phelan S; Rupar V (Ed.), Scooped: The politics and power of Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand: 128-140. Auckland: AUT Press.
  • Matheson D. (2011) Digital media as infowar: The tension between radical discourses of freedom and control. In Foster K (Ed.), The Information Battlefield: Representing Australians at War: 119-132. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Allan S. and Matheson D. (2010) Images in wartime: The mediation of power. In Klaehn J (Ed.), The political economy of media and power: 143-160. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Matheson D. (2010) "Can't talk now, mate": New Zealand news media and the invisible Afghan war. In Keeble R; Mair J (Ed.), Afghanistan, War and the Media: Deadlines and Frontlines: 276-288. Bury St Edmunds: Abramis.
  • Matheson D. (2010) News: Producing reality. In Goode L; Zuberi N (Ed.), Media Studies in Aotearoa New Zealand (2nd ed.): 134-143. Auckland: Pearson.
  • Matheson D. (2010) What's wrong with narrative models of the news? In Rupar V (Ed.), Journalism and Meaning-Making: Reading the Newspaper: 37-54. Cresskill: Hampton Press.
  • Matheson D. and Allan S. (2010) Social networks and the reporting of conflict. In Keeble R; Tulloch J; Zollman F (Ed.), Peace Journalism: War and Conflict Resolution: 173-192. Amsterdam: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Matheson D. and Allan S. (2010) War Blogs and the War in Iraq. In Murdock G; Golding P (Ed.), Digital Dynamics: Engagements and Disconnections: 45-62. Cresskill: Hampton Press.
  • Matheson D. (2009) The Watchdog's New Bark: Changing Forms of Investigative Reporting. In Allan S (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism: 82-92. London: Routledge.
  • Matheson D. (2009) What the Blogger Knows. In Papacharissi Z (Ed.), Journalism and Citizenship: New Agendas in Communication: 151-165. New York: Routledge/Taylor.
  • Matheson D. (2008) News and the net. In Tully J (Ed.), Intro: A beginner's guide to professional news journalism: 11-20. Wellington: Journalists Training Organisation.
  • Matheson D. and Allan S. (2007) Truth in a War Zone: The Role of Warblogs in Iraq. In Maltby S; Keeble R (Ed.), Communicating war: memory, military and media: 75-89. Bury St Edmunds: Arima. http://hdl.handle.net/10092/698.
Conference Contributions - Other
  • Lotz A., Green L., Bossio D., Matheson D. and Cunningham S. (2016) Q and A Panel: Creating Space in the Fifth Estate. Newcastle, Australia: ANZCA 2015 conference: Creating Space in the Fifth Estate, 6-8 Jul 2016
  • Matheson D. (2016) Beyond privacy: Criteria for ethical journalistic relations in social media. Newcastle, Australia: ANZCA 2016: Creating Space in the Fifth Estate, 6-8 Jul 2016
  • Matheson D. (2016) Social media and ethical journalism. Auckland, New Zealand: World Journalism Education Congress, 14 Jul-16 Dec 2016
  • Matheson D. (2016) The power of Twitter in New Zealand. Fukuoka, Japan: International Communication Association conference, 9-14 Jun 2016
  • Matheson D. and Thomson C. (2016) Reflecting on collaboration as method. Newcastle, Australia: ANZCA 2016: Creating Space in the Fifth Estate, 6-8 Jul 2016
  • Richards I., Robie D., Matheson D., Steiner L. and Ha L. (2016) The perils and pitfalls of publishing: The editors' perspective. Auckland, New Zealand: World Journalism Education Congress, 14-16 Jul 2016
  • Matheson D. and Jones A. (2014) The role of communication in wellbeing in post-quake Christchurch communities. Melbourne, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference, 9-11 Jul 2014
  • Matheson D. (2012) When the war photographer returns: Exploring reflexive moments in photojournalism. Montreal, Canada: Conflict[ed] Reporting: War and Photojournalism in the Digital Age, 2-2 Nov 2012
  • Matheson D. and Ross K. (2012) Social media and fire safety. Adelaide, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference (ANZCA), 4-6 Jul 2012
  • Matheson D. (2011) International news at the periphery: A failure to connect. Wuhan University, China: 6th International Conference on Intercultural Communication, 17-18 Dec 2011
  • Matheson D. (2011) Stuck in the middle: The lack of mid-career education for New Zealand journalists. Hamilton, New Zealand: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2011 Conference, 6-8 Jul 2011
  • Matheson D. (2011) The good journalist: Experienced UK journalists on how the best journalism engages the world. Hamilton, New Zealand: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association 2011 Conference (ANZCA), 6-8 Jul 2011
  • Matheson D. (2010) Radical ideas of openness in wartime: The emerging digital media landscape. University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia: Information Warfare: Shaping the Stories of Australians at War, 25-26 Nov 2010
  • Matheson D. (2008) Looking for Independence in Warblogs. Wellington, New Zealand: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, 9-11 Jul 2008
  • Matheson D. (2008) Looking for journalism culture, or, Excuses for reading journalists' memoirs. University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia: Comparative Journalism Studies Conference, 25-27 Jun 2008
  • Matheson D. (2007) The digital war correspondent: Changing modes of reporting. Melbourne, Australia: Australia & New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2007 (ANZCA2007), 5-6 Jul 2007
  • Matheson D. (2006) When Access Radio Meets the Digital Divide: Community And Access Radio Stations' Use Of The Internet In Aotearoa New Zealand. University of Adelaide, Australia: Australia and New Zealand Communications Association International Conference 2006 (ANZCA Adelaide 2006), 4-7 Jul 2006
  • Matheson D. and Allan S. (2006) Weblogs and the War in Iraq. Dresden, Germany: 56th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA 2006), 19-23 Jun 2006
  • Matheson D. (2005) Blogging the New Zealand Election: The impact of new media practices on the old game. Surfers Paradise, Australia: Journalism Education Association conference 2005, 29 Nov 2005
  • Matheson D. (2005) In search of popular journalism in New Zealand. Christchurch, New Zealand: Communication at Work: ANZCA 2005 conference, 4 Jul 2005
  • Matheson D. (2005) The interpretative resources of New Zealand journalists reporting on indigenous people. Taipei, Taiwan: 2005 IAMCR Conference, 26 Jul 2005
  • Allan S. and Matheson D. (2003) Weblogs and the War in Iraq: Journalism for a Network Society? Loughborough, UK: Digital Dynamics, 6 Nov 2003
  • Matheson D. (2003) Journalists as Interpreters: Gadamer and Elements of a Communicative Ethics in News Culture. City University, London: Institute for Communication Ethics conference, 28 Feb 2003
  • Matheson D. (2002) News Weblogs: An Invitation to Abandon the Craft? Tromso, Norway: The Impact of the Internet on the Mass Media in Europe (COST-A20), 21 Jun 2002
  • Matheson D. (2002) The Tacit Learning of the Journalism Student: Aspects of What Journalists Learn as They Learn to Write. Barcelona, Spain: IAMCR, 22 Jul 2002
  • Matheson D. (2000) Let Nation Speak unto Nation: A Textual Analysis of How Far English Language Newspapers Share a Common Style. Leicester, UK: International News in the Twenty-first Century, 16 Mar 2000
  • Matheson D. (2000) Writing with Style: Aspects of How Broadsheet Journalists Write. Glasgow, UK: News as Discourse, 12 Apr 2000
Reports
  • Matheson D. and Ross K. (2012) Social media and fire safety.Commissioned by New Zealand Fire Service. 70pp.
Conference Contributions - Published Oral Presentations
  • Matheson D. (2013) The Chinese novelist and the cosmopolitan west: The reception of Mo Yan in English language media. Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Matheson D. (2012) When the photojournalist returns: Exploring reflexive moments in photojournalism. Massey University, Wellington.
  • Matheson D. (2010) The watchdog's new bark bark: The changing forms of investigative journalism. University of Oxford, Uk: Nuffield Seminar Series.
Other
  • Matheson D. (2014) Daniel Bennett, Digital Media and Reporting Conflict: blogging and the BBC's coverage of war and terrorism. London: Routledge, 2013; 279pp. Digital Journalism http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2014.899766. [Book Review].
  • Matheson D. (2014) Justin Lewis, Beyond Consumer Capitalism. London: Polity, 2013; 244pp. Pacific Journalism Review 20(2): 245-247. [Book Review].
  • Matheson D. (2007) Xigen Li, Internet Newspapers: The Making of a Mainstream Medium. Media International Australia(122): 216. [Book review].
  • Matheson D. (2005) Digital Audio: Which Way for Community Broadcasters? Planet FM Newsletter(April/May): 2pp. [newsletter].
  • Mills C. and Matheson D. (2005) Editorial: Communication at Work: Showcasing Communication Scholarship: Publication of the Annual Meeting of the Australia New Zealand Communication Association 2005. Communication at Work: Showcasing Communication Scholarship: Publication of the Annual Meeting of the Australia New Zealand Communication Association 2005 Christchurch: ANZCA. http://www.mang.canterbury.ac.nz/ANZCA/Editorial.shtml. [online].
  • Matheson D. (2002) C. Barker and D. Galasinski, Cultural Studies and Discourse Analysis: A Dialogue on Language and Identity London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi: Sage, 2001C. Barker and D. Galasinski, Cultural Studies and Discourse Analysis: A Dialogue on Language and Identity London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi: Sage, 2001. International Journal of Cultural Studies 5(3): 364-365. [Book Review].
  • Matheson D. (2002) Multimodal Discourse: The Modes and Media of Contemporary Communication. Journal of Communication Inquiry 26(3): 338-339. [Book Review].
Theses / Dissertations
  • Matheson D. (2001) News Style: How the Discourses of Newswriting Produce and Restrict British Broadsheet News Texts. Glasgow, Scotland. University of Strathclyde.