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:

HONORS AND AWARDS

WORK EXPERIENCE

Jan. 2018 – Present: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Budapest, Hungary

June 2016 – Present: PR Consulting, Bellingham, Washington, USA

Oct. 2007 – Aug. 2016: Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, USA

March 2012 – June 2016: WWU Department of Journalism, Bellingham, Washington, USA

Oct. 2013 – June 2015: WWU Extended Education, Bellingham, Washington, USA

Dec. 2005 – Oct. 2007: Ferndale Record Journal, Ferndale, Washington, USA

1999 – 2004: Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, Washington, USA

2002 – 2003: The News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington, USA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Western Washington University, Journalism Department

Sampling of anonymous student reviews:

EDUCATION

2016 – Present: Budapest Metropolitan University, Budapest, Hungary

2003 – 2006: Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, USA

COMPETENCIES AND INTERESTS

General Skills:

Computer Fluency:

VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

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.

I’m an editor, content strategist and communications consultant, working with various clients to improve their public relations, and marketing and English-language content. I’m currently based in Budapest, Hungary. I run a site called Budapest Bound that details our lives there, if you’re interested.

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Latest Posts

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The Anderson Five at Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest
At Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest, Hungary. Odds are, if you’ve seen faded John Deere hats bobbing about town, it was these guys.

We are an American expat family living in Budapest, Hungary.

In August 2016, we left our home in the amazing Pacific Northwest of the United States for a new adventure living abroad. The five of us plan to be here in Budapest, Hungary, until August 2018, when Matthew finishes school. Before leaving for Budapest, Matthew was the longtime director of social media for Western Washington University. He also taught as an adjunct professor in WWU’s Journalism Department. We’re big fans of adoption and foster care, and we’ve adopted two children, fostered many more and hope to, someday, adopt again (and perhaps become The Anderson Six!). Psalm 68:5-6

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