Matt Sheehan

Managing Director, Center for Public Interest Communications and senior lecturer of journalism • University of Florida • Gainesville, FL
Last edited June 9, 2021

Matt Sheehan is managing director of the UF Center for Public Interest Communications, an entrepreneurial, university-based consultancy that employs insights from behavioral, cognitive and social sciences to inform journalism and communication strategies to advance issues of the public good. Sheehan is a journalist who has spent his career working in established and emerging media. Currently on UF’s journalism faculty, he served as director of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications’ Innovation News Center creating news content for the University’s seven media properties (including the NPR, PBS and ESPN affiliates), as the College’s director of stories and emerging platforms and interim administrator of the Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology. He is a former assistant news editor at The Washington Post, was chief operating officer of a digital media startup in Washington, D.C., has worked at half a dozen newspapers up and down the U.S. East Coast and previously served in administration and taught at University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

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