Hi, I'm Matt.
I'm a reporter, filmmaker and tinkerer for NBC.
I recently landed at NBC News in order to launch an experimental video unit and studio in New York City. In the past few months, I've put together a band of video journalists, filmmakers, investigative journalists, inventors and media shapers determined to make a dent in the larger evolution of visual storytelling and the moving image in the 21st Century. We're due to launch shortly, so keep an eye out.
Before coming to NBC, I worked as a journalist for the BBC for seven years, serving most recently as the chief and creator of BBC Pop Up, the company's first travelling bureau. It's a crowdsourcing unit that relocates to new cities and countries for a month at a time in order to film stories recommended by BBC audiences. Members of the team also turn their adventures, combined with the stories they film, into half-hour programs for BBC World News television – the world's largest news network.
During 2013 and 2014, I served as the head of the BBC's Video Innovation Lab, a group of technologists and journalists who thought about what BBC video could become after the fall of the web. Throughout my stay, I unofficially moonlighted for the company as a resident tinkerer, creating new formats, programs, campaigns and workflows.
In the past few years, I helped to launch the BBC's US-facing website, created BBC's 15-second social and mobile video news series (now in a dozen languages), designed and launched new departments like BBC Trending, assisted with the creation of the first automated BBC syndication bot and subsequent BBC subreddit as well as a few other projects. Many, many other projects actually.
In the past year or so, I'm thinking a lot about how to use new video treatments to tell stories. I created a BBC-run taxi service in New Hampshire for the US primaries, I live-tweeted and live-streamed a race between a rickshaw and Uber across New Delhi, and I trekked near the border of Myanmar to film and photograph the vanishing tattoos of headhunters in the region. During the first several days following the attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I made a book and 'video letter' of advice from Orlando's LGBT community to others around the world. I also created a piece examing the small decisions Pulse regulars made the day prior to the massacre that led to them to stay home the night the shooter stormed the building.
I'm a former producer for Discovery Channel, reporter for a Japanese newspaper and house painter. I also used to assist with an Iraq-focused videoblogging project called Alive in Baghdad, which gave video cameras to Iraqi civilians during the height of the war.
I've created several social science experiments, including The Time Hack –– which forced me to participate in a new activity each day for 365 days to gather data about the human perception of the passage of time. I cut my team in video journalism in 2007 through Around America in 2.0, which was one of the first daily video series ever made for the web.
I don't put much stock in awards. But I have won a few, like Webby's and Peabody's, for things I've worked on or created. Nieman, Poynter, Journalism.co.uk and others have also been kind enough to write about some of my crazier ideas.
When not doing any of the things listed above, I can be found sitting on my surfboard in Southern California. Come say hi.