Matthew T. Hall '94 is 2017 Murray Visiting Journalist
Journalist Matthew T. Hall, UNH ’94, says it’s no longer true that a journalist’s job is done once a story is published.
“Now, publication means the work is just getting started,” says Hall, editorial and opinion director at the San Diego Union-Tribune. “In an age when random Twitter eggs can give you grief at all hours of the day and the president of the United States calls prominent media outlets ‘the enemy of the American people,’ being a journalist means being on all the time, promoting and defending your work whenever your phone is near, which – let’s be honest – is all the time.
“How we handle criticism is an increasingly important part of the job. A journalist’s credibility has never been more crucial – to the individual journalist, to the industry and to our audience.”
Hall, the 2017 Donald M. Murray Visiting Journalist, will discuss this and other matters in a talk titled "At work, not war: Trump, trolls, truth and trust” on Tuesday, April 4 at 5 p.m. in MUB Theater I. The talk is free and open to the public.
Hall will be on campus throughout that week, speaking in journalism classes and meeting with the staff of The New Hampshire.
The Visiting Journalist program is sponsored by the UNH Journalism Program, the UNH English Department, the Telegraph of Nashua, and the McLean Contributionship.
Hall has worked at the Union-Tribune since 2001. He manages the Ideas and Opinion section, writing and editing editorials, and overseeing op-ed commentary, letters to the editor and a blog called “The Conversation,” which uses social media and the internet to report the news of the day in immersive, dynamic and often funny ways.
He previously managed the newsroom’s social media, compiled its Essential California newsletter and created and wrote “The Conversation.”
Before that, he was a metro columnist who wrote four columns a week and a reporter who covered San Diego neighborhoods, city politics, the Chargers’ stadium search, the Padres’ TV fiasco and east and north San Diego County.
He has been named blogger, feature writer and critic of the year by the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and blogger and columnist of the year by the San Diego Press Club. He has worked at other newspapers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and California.
He is a Red Sox fan, past president of the San Diego chapter of SPJ, a proud winner of its Herbert Lockwood “Woody” Award for humor writing and western region director for the national board of SPJ. He is married to a fellow journalist, and they have two daughters. He’s probably on Twitter right now at @SDuncovered, where he’ll gladly respond to your tweet.