Matthew Anderson

editing & web development

About Me

Why are images of my family front and center on a business site about me?

I’m a family man, and several years ago my wife and I decide to construct our lives to enable me to be more free to spend time with my wife and children.

That meant quitting my longtime job in university communications and marketing to pursue self-directed opportunities. Which leads us here, to Budapest, where I’ve been living and going to school.

In my work life, I’m an editor, content strategist and communications consultant. I have a couple of part-time gigs right now, at PR Consulting in Bellingham and at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, where I work as an English-language editor on a contract basis.

I also blog at Budapest Bound, a site I created to help people navigate life in and around Hungary.

What I've Been Working On

content strategist and web developer, June 2016 – present

I work remotely as a content strategist and web developer for a public relations firm located in the United States.

news editor, Jan. 2018 – present

I’m a news editor on an independent contract with the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia.

master's degree in communications and media studies, 2016 – 2018

My thesis topic was digital civility, and I took coursework in communications and media with a focus on international communications.

director of social media, Oct. 2007 – Aug. 2016

As director of social media, I was the voice of the entire university on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, LinkedIn and other platforms. I developed the entire social media program from scratch and was founder and leader of the university’s social media committee and coordinator of all social media efforts on campus. I coached leaders throughout the university on the use of social media, including two university presidents and several vice presidents.

adjunct professor of journalism, March 2012 – June 2016

Taught several classes over the years as an adjunct professor of journalism, including Principles of Public Relations (JOUR 330), Editing (JOUR 309) and Newswriting (JOUR 207).

  • “Anderson was always generous with help, was great at advising students and giving advice on projects as well. I sincerely enjoyed having him as a teacher. Western is very lucky to have him. I have never had such an organized teacher.”

journalism student

Western Washington University
  • “Your lectures are really clear and easy to follow. I loved the sequence of assignments, and you’re really easy to approach, which is great when we have questions. This was my favorite class this quarter! You’re a great professor.”

journalism student

Western Washington University

editor in chief, Dec. 2005 – Oct. 2007

I was the editor in chief, news editor, reporter and photographer for weekly newspaper in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

bachelor's degree in journalism, 2003 – 2006

Bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in computer science. Highlights:
Editor in chief of university newspaper, worked full-time throughout college, winner of selective department scholarship for top students. 3.39 overall GPA (on 4-point scale).

Photos: Life Abroad

Naturally, we’ve taken advantage of our remote lifestyle to explore life in different cultures and environments. A few photos: