Gaby Matthews

Gaby Matthews


  • Room 03.013 - Sonic Arts Research Centre

    United Kingdom

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I am a senior level international news journalist and highly experienced editor working primarily in TV but also print, radio and photojournalism. I have filmed and edited factual documentaries and hundreds of news stories for Reuters, Associated Press and the United Nations across three continents. I film in classic formats as well as in 360 and VR formats.

The first story I covered was in December 1989 as part of the fall of the communist countries behind the iron curtain. Later, as a foreign correspondent, I covered the 24-country West and Central Africa region for Thomson Reuters for over a decade. I coordinated coverage of complex stories and reported from wars and military coups, natural disasters, political unrest, and the entire Ebola pandemic. I am an expert in running complex multi-crew and multi-country operations in hostile environments, like the war in Mali with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. I was in charge of seven crews, three in the warzone in northern Mali and four reporting on war implications on neighbouring countries Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Senegal.

I am a topic expert on the African continent, with particular interest in the social, political and economic aspects affecting Africa and its relationship with the West in post-colonial francophone Africa.

I filmed and produced (for Reuters Africa Journal) factual documentaries on the following topics: the environmental impact of Darfur refugees in Eastern Chad, Women’s current slavery in Mauritania, Women’s force-feeding in Mauritania, the water entrepreneurs of Liberia, the slavery trail in Ghana, desertification in Senegal, the kora musicians of the Gambia and a documentary on Cheikh Lo, the Senegal No 1 World music maverick, among others.  

I am a fierce supporter of girls and women’s rights in Africa. I’ve been involved with a number of initiatives for women in Africa, including Girls not Brides, the forced-feeding in Mauritania, Female Genital Mutilation in central Africa, diversity and gender pay parity.

I mentor women journalists on how to operate in conflict zones.

A sample of other news stories I filmed: The Pope’s visit to Central African Republic; The Ebola pandemic (Guinea Conakry); US President Barack Obama’s first visit to Africa, in Ghana and his subsequent visit to Senegal; Ivory Coast war; various Mauritania military coups and riots; Senegal riots; NASA flight over Cape Verde Islands to study storm formation; the conflict in the Indian Kashmir.

Research Focus

Visual storytelling and 360 documentary; journalism, communications and international media, conflict, women in conflict journalism and journalism in the Least Developed Countries, journalism in francophone Africa, ad-hoc newsroom operations at major international conferences, post-academic journalism education, ethics in documentary and 360. 



BCP1002: Broadcast Production Skills

BCP2001: Broadcast Journalism

BCP2003: The Television Programme

MUS3007: Immersive media


BCP7005: Broadcast Journalism

BCP7006: Media & Broadcast Production Dissertation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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