Matt draws on his journalistic sensibilities to develop content and communication strategies that garner media attention.
He is adept at increasing public recognition and driving participation and revenue for non-profit and corporate clients.
Matt has served in the military for 16 years. He is an Air Force veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom earning several awards including the Air Expeditionary Medal as well as Army and Air Force Commendation Medals.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in government from UMass/Amherst and is a graduate of the Defense Information School at Ft. Meade, Md.
Allyson is a multi-media fanatic with a focus on video, audio and photography. Her work spans news, military, sports, profile, commentary, and memoir. She is an advocate for low-income children and taught journalism at Springfield’s High School of Commerce as well as New England Public Radio’s Media Lab. She was part of a pioneer program at the Hampshire County Jail to teach the principles of journalism to individuals living in incarceration, which provided them with college credits through the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her students learned to use storytelling as a means of critical thinking. In order to tell their stories, students must analyze the world in which their stories exist in and use journalism method to draw attention to injustices and hold people in power accountable. This work is called advocacy journalism. Allyson strongly believes that sharing stories bridges the gaps between people and has the power to create revolutionary change.
Allyson routinely published stories with the Amherst Wire, UMass Athletics, New England Public Radio, and her personal blog where nobody reads it. Her work has also appeared in Western Mass newspapers and at the 104th Fighter Wing where she was a public affairs intern.
In her free time, Allyson enjoys travel, recording audio books, thinking about writing, talking about writing, finally getting around to writing, filming YouTube videos and writing stories about her dysfunctional family. She spent much of her undergraduate journalism career sending in articles to her editor with prolific use of the Oxford comma as a small act of teenage rebellion. Ultimately, she was narrowly robbed of a 4.0 by one B+ in an 8 a.m. class, but still graduated Magna cum laude (and a semester early at that!) from University of Massachusetts Amherst with degrees in journalism and linguistics in December 2017.
Find more of Allyson’s work on her blog, Stories for Strangers.