Philip was Deputy Head of the Monash School of Media, Film and Journalism and Head of Journalism.
He was in strong demand in the media industry as a commentator and writer, and deeply engaged at a management level. Examples of this include:
- Chair of the board of Cosmos Publishing, which produces world-leading science journalism both in print and online.
- Vice-president of the Melbourne Press Club.
- Board member of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation.
Philip was also a past-president of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and is a Gold Honour Badge holder.
Before joining Monash in 2008 Philip enjoyed a career in journalism that saw him win most of the country’s top awards, including a Gold Walkley, Gold UN media peace prize and a Logie. As well as being a writer, producer and publisher he held senior executive positions in a career that spanned all media. These positions included National Editor of 7.30 on ABC TV, leader writer at the Age and deputy editor of Time Australia.
As Head of Journalism, Philip took the lead on internal and external discussion on the future of journalism in the new era of media fragmentation; he encouraged continuous improvement in curriculum development to reflect the changes that are occurring and to ensure courses remain relevant to students and staff. Philip summed up his view of the importance of journalism by encouraging students to ponder this question: “As a Monash Journalism graduate, you will inform and shape the future. The only question is: what is the world you would like to create?”
Subsequent to joining Monash, Philip maintained his journalism practice while making significant contributions to the scholarly field of Journalism Studies.
- Popular media. Philip was featured speaking on media and climate change, along with broader issues of the history of journalism and its future. Outlets have included television, online and print publications.
- Scholarly conferences. He delivered papers at many national and international conferences in his research areas, including conferences in Perth, Aarhus (Denmark), Berlin, Hamburg, Bergen, Cape Town, Hobart, Sydney and others.
- International collaborations. He was the Monash coordinator of a world-first consortium of European and Australian universities collaborating to teach environmental reporting and promote staff and student mobility. The project was called the Global Environmental Journalism Initiative (GEJI) and Monash’s partner universities overseas have been in the UK, Denmark, Finland and Greece.
- He ran workshops for journalists from nine Asian and Pacific countries on climate change coverage and constraints operating in their own countries.
- He ran workshops for Burmese journalists on how to cover democratic election campaigns.
- Teaching collaborations. He provided input into English language courses on the development of Australian environmentalism and media and climate change at universities in Denmark and Finland. He also devised and managed online debates between students in Australian and Scandinavia on the subject: media coverage of climate change science. More than 200 students participated in these debates. He assisted students with opportunities for financially-supported student exchanges with partner universities (UK, Denmark, Finland and Greece).
- Curriculum Development. He oversaw the continuing and dynamic development of Monash’s Journalism curriculum, and devised and taught many of the units, always achieving very high student feedback scores.
- Monash Media Lab. Philip oversaw the concept development and project management of the development of the state-of-the art teaching and learning facility.
- Scholarly supervision. Philip achieved his own PhD while working at Monash and jointly supervised a number of PhD candidates.