Matthew S Weber

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Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
206 Church St SE
111 Murphy Hall

Matthew Weber is an Associate Professor in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication and is the Cowles Endowed Fellow of Media Management. Matthew is a computational social scientist and an expert on organizational change in news media. He has conducted a number of large-scale longitudinal studies examining change strategies employed by media organizations. He has also examined how news media organizations evolve through changes in media production as well as changes in hiring patterns. His recent work focuses on local news organizations and changes in pattern of local news dissemination. Matthew is also leading an initiative to provide researchers with improved access to social media datasets, including development of new tools for research. His work is funded by the National Science Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and others. Matthew’s work has been widely published in leading academic journals, as well as in the popular press. Matthew received his PhD in 2010 from the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2010.
  • M.A.: Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2008.
  • M.S.: Journalism and Media Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, 2003.
  • B.S.: Industrial Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, 2002.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Social Media
  • communication
  • Social Networks
  • Social Network Analysis
  • media management
  • sociology of news
  • News Production
  • Markov Chain Monte Carlo methodology
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Communication Research: Editorial Board , 2016 - Present
  • Journal of Applied Communication Research: Editorial Board , 2015 - Present
  • Management Communication Quarterly: Editorial Board , 2015 - Present


  • Digital Journalism and the Challenges of Managing a 21st Century Newsroom Workforce. : Grant from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, 2016 - 2018
  • Local News Ecosystems: Grant from the Democracy Fund, with Phil Napoli (Duke University), 2016 - 2018
  • Tracking Policymakers' Acquisition and Use of Research Evidence Regarding Childhood Obesity in the News Media: Grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, 2016 - 2018
  • Methods and Approaches to Using Web Archives in Computational Communication Research: Weber, Matthew, Taylor & Francis, Communication Methods and Measures, 12 200-215, 2018. Link
  • Coding the News: The Role of Computer Code in Filtering and Distributing News. : Weber, Matthew, A. Kosterich, Taylor & Francis, Digital Journalism, 6 310-329, 2018. Link
  • Unseen disruptions and the emergence of new organizations. : Weber, Matthew, Wiley, Communication Theory, 27 92-113, 2016. Link
  • The flow of digital news in a network of authorities, hubs and providers.: Weber, Matthew, Wiley, Journal of Communication, 61 1062-1081, 2011. Link