I just want to create

As a child, I thought I’d grow up to be an artist, and I studied toward that goal for many years. But even when I became an art major in college, I still couldn’t decide what medium I wanted as a specialty. Would I work with paint, clay or marble?

Then I realized writing may be another option. Words can be like paint on a canvas. While I still have a strong interest in art, I ended up majoring in journalism, with a creative writing minor. After graduation I took night and weekend classes in web design, and I’ve continued to learn to skills as I find new ways to be creative.

Over the past 15+ years, I’ve expressed creativity in various ways: as a reporter, photographer, graphic designer, web developer, and marketing consultant. I’m also writing novels and pursuing publication.

Henderson Media is really a compilation of all of these creative interests.

I meet with nonprofit leaders and business owners, learning about their goals and struggles, and developing strategies to solve problems.

For most clients, this starts with a new website and then snowballs into a logo, photography, video production, content creation, social media posts, and other efforts to improve public-facing messaging.

Additionally, with years of journalism experience, hundreds of articles published, and thousands of interviews conducted, I can provide public relations and media-interview training with insider insight.

I’m not just looking for work to support my family, I’m searching for exciting opportunities to be creative, solve problems, and leave things better than I found them.

Matthew Henderson, owner
(417) 894-6433


Creating professionally since 2003


Skills used: Content writing, copy editing, interviewing, researching, photography, layout, cold calling; creativity.

Hundreds of articles published & thousands of interviews conducted: Springfield Business Journal, The Mirror (by The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau), South County Mail, and The Standard.

Book published: assistant writer/editor for “The Catholic Church in Southern Missouri: Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau 1956-2006” hardcover.

Springfield Writers’ Guild: Board member since 2018.

Web & Graphic Design

Skills used: Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Flash), PHP, MySQL, ASP, SQL, HTML5, CSS, basic JavaScript, SEO, web host management, content management systems (CMS like WordPress), ecommerce software (Woocommerce & Shopify).

Industries of past clients: Competitive anglers, fishing guides, fishing equipment retailers, a major manufacturer of air-moving equipment, Christian nonprofits, a law office, an electrical engineering office, a musician, a bookstore, online retailers, brick-and-mortar shops.

Corporate Photography

Services provided: Event photography, corporate photography, portraits, product photography, office and location photography.

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