Matthew Anderson

writing, editing & web development

About Me

Several years ago, my wife and I realized we’d love to broaden our experiences as a family and expose ourselves and our three boys to various cultures and environments. That decision led us from Bellingham, Washington, USA, to Budapest, where I earned a master’s degree in communication and media. It then led us to Mexico, where we are living currently.

While we travel and live abroad, I work as an editor, content strategist and web developer. I work primarily for PR Consulting, doing writing, editing and web development, and as an independent contractor for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, working as an English-language editor of major publications, news stories and press releases.

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

Hire Me

I specialize in English-language editing of texts written by non-native speakers of the language, but I have experience editing documents in a wide range of fields. Recent editing projects include:

For information on how I can edit your upcoming projects to the highest standard, please contact me at [email protected].

Selected Recent Editing Projects

FAO, 2018: Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition, Europe and Central Asia
Front cover of magazine featuring Hungarian woman spinning in colorful dress.
English-language brochure for Mesterségek Ünnepe, the annual Festival of Folk Arts in Budapest, Hungary
Conference documents: FAO Regional Conference for Europe, 31st Session
Azerbaijan Value Chain Gap Analysis

Work/Education history

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 and publications 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 I’ve taken: