Prior to joining Monash in 2008, his industry roles included Melbourne Editor of the National Times, leader writer at The Age and deputy editor of Time Australia; in television he was Executive Producer of The 7.30 Report (Victoria) and National Editor of The 7.30 Report. Philip’s work as a reporter included time on The Age‘s investigative reporting, feature writing and political teams. He was national and Asia Pacific correspondent for Time Australia, where he reported extensively from Canberra and also covered the stories of hope and despair in the emerging nations and economies of Australia’s neighbours, including the ethnic tensions and violence in places as diverse as Malaysia and New Caledonia.
Philip also co-authored two books, Judging the World and One Destiny! and while both won significant scholarly respect, the former achieved the unusual distinction of being quoted approvingly in a judgment of the International Court of Justice. Judging the World, which was about law, politics and human rights, received widespread praise for what critics saw as its originality and the wide sweep of its journalism. More than 50 judges from 17 superior courts around the world were interviewed as part of the research process. Former Governor-General and High Court Justice Sir Ninian Stephen declared: “What a world it would be if all journalism reached these heights.”
Philip also co-authored One Destiny!, which was part of a major, multi-faceted publishing project that is still going on today, nearly 15 years later. The overall purpose of the project was to explain and improve the popular understanding of the politics of Australian federation. The first stage was the creation of an encyclopaedic CD-ROM on the subject of Australian nationhood, which was launched by then Governor-General Sir William Deane at Old Parliament House. Philip led the multimedia production team that developed the project for more than two years. In 1998 and then again in 2001 the Federal Government bought 25,000 copies to send to all schools in the country and more recently commissioned Philip to move the CD-ROM content online.
Philip won Australian journalism’s top award, the Gold Walkley, for a series of five, one-hour TV documentaries on the Hawke and Keating governments called Labor in Power, which is still frequently repeated on TV and is regarded by many critics as a tour de force, the best documentary of its type to be made in Australia.
Philip has won numerous awards as a journalist. These have included a Logie (best TV documentary), a Gold Walkley (best journalism), a Walkley (best application of journalism to the television medium), the Gold UN Media Peace Prize, the Golden Gavel award of the NSW Law Society, four national community television awards, including for best program, and numerous awards for multimedia and web design.
Philip is also a past-president of the Australian Journalists’ Association (now MEAA) and is an AJA Gold Honour Badge holder.
Since joining Monash, Philip has expanded his focus to scholarly research. His work has included:
- Publications. He has written widely in a scholarly journals and books. His work has specifically involved analyses of the ways various Australian media outlets have covered climate change and associated debates.
- Popular media. Philip has been featured speaking on media and climate change. Outlets have included television, online and print publications.
- Scholarly conferences. He has delivered papers at many national and international conferences studying media and climate change, 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 has been the Australian representative on MediaClimate – which is a forum for scholarly analysis of media and climate change. It involves scholars from fifteen countries and is funded by the Norwegian and Finnish governments to document and analyse coverage of UN Climate Change Summits and reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The project has published two books with another to come in 2015.
- He has run workshops for journalists from nine Asian and Pacific countries on climate change coverage and constraints operating in their own countries.
- Teaching collaborations. He has provided input into English language courses on the development of Australian environmentalism and media and climate change at universities in Denmark and Finland. He has 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 over two years.
- Curriculum Development. He has devised and taught a unit called Environmental Journalism at Monash University. The unit is centred around the reporting of and writing about climate change. He also assists students with opportunities for financially-supported student exchanges with partner universities (UK, Denmark, Finland and Greece).
Member of the board of the Melbourne Press Club.