ATLANTA, Georgia — SPJ Region 3 regrets to announce the passing of Dr. Matt J. Duffy, a friend and member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Duffy served as an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Media at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, USA. He enjoyed teaching the art of good journalism, a noble profession and powerful tool for social change. Duffy worked as a journalist for several news outlets including the Boston Herald and the Marietta Daily Journal. He now teaches journalism and media law.
Duffy’s research focused on international approaches to media law. Wolters Kluwer published the second edition of his“Media Laws in the United Arab Emirates” in 2017. He published more than a dozen academic articles and wrote occasionally for niche publications. Duffy enjoyed a visit to Pakistan in May 2016 as part of the Fulbright Scholar program from the U.S. State Department. Since 2012, Duffy served on the board of the Arab-United States Association for Communication Educators, an organization that aims to improve journalism in the Middle East. He also owns Oxford Editing that he started in 2007.
This post will be updated when funeral arrangements are announced.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Matt Duffy was a beloved professor and journalist who advised SPJ Georgia during its restart in 2014. Dr. Duffy always was concerned about how the Georgia legislators addressed First Amendment and freedom of information rights for both professional and student journalists. The Georgia journalism community has lost a great asset to our community and to our profession. – Sharon Dunten, SPJ Region 3 Assistant Regional Director and SizingUpTheSouth.com, editor.