Professor of Journalism Practice Peter Fray is the co-director of Centre for Media Transition and one of the country's most experienced and innovative media professionals.
The centre is a co-production between the faculties of law and social science and is concerned with three areas: media freedoms and regulation; news media best practice and new business models for journalism. It is deeply engaged with technology, innovation and issues surrounding trust and audience.
Peter Fray is a former editor or editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald, The Canberra Times and The Sunday Age. His startup PolitiFact Australia brought the fact-checking revolution to Australia for the 2013 Federal election and instilled in him the need to collaborate, innovate and find new ways of connecting audiences with journalism — and making it pay.
Fray joined UTS in late 2015 after a stint as deputy editor of The Australian.
He's been appointed a 2016 Tow-Knight Fellow at City University New York and has previously been the First Decade Fellow and adjunct professor in media and politics at Sydney University. A former foreign correspondent for The Age and SMH, Fray has reported widely on media, politics, religion, national affairs and agriculture.
- Tow-Knight Fellow 2016 to City University New York
- First Decade Fellow Department of Media Studies Sydney University 2012
- Adjunct Professor Sydney University media and politics 2013
- Advisory board to the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation
- Member of Sydney Democracy Network
- Australian Press Council 2011-2012
- Advisory board to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (ex officio)
- Contributor to the Australian Science Media Centre
- Regular appearances at Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Storyology and Adelaide Ideas Festival
- Creative producer of political theatre The Hansard Monologues 2013 and 2016
- Northcote Scholarship recipient 1982
Can supervise: YES
- Interested in audience growth and models of media interaction
- Evolution of concepts such as trust, objectivity and accountability
- Reporting of science in the media
- Fact-checking and structured journalism using data and machine-assisted learning
- Influence and power of social media and its impact on mainstream channels
- Curricular development, especially in postgraduate education
- Developing areas of interest in automation, robotics and AI
- Teaching across masters program and other post graduates areas
- Multi-platform content production
- Audience engagement
- Start-up/business management
- Story-telling with digital tools
- Accountability and ethics
- Media landscape and aspects of innovation
The report was commissioned by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission as part of its Digital Platforms Inquiry. The inquiry has been described as a world-leading investigation into the effects of digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content aggregation platforms on competition in media and advertising services markets.
To assist the ACCC, the CMT was commissioned to research aspects concerning news and journalistic content. This included the function of journalism, effects of technology and how to consider quality and choice.
Wilding, D & Fray, P 2019, 'Impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press: Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security', Centre for Media Transition, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Wilding, D, Molitorisz, S, Meese, J & Fray, P 2019, 'Submission to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Digital Platforms Inquiry – Preliminary Report', ACCC, https://www.accc.gov.au/focus-areas/inquiries/digital-platforms-inquiry….
Fray, P 2018, 'Fourth Estate'.
Wilding, D & Fray, P 2018, 'Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. Review of the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017', https://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=dee10dac-cb7f-48c8-a207....
Open to working with individual journalists, media companies, the academy, staff and students on innovative and entrepreneurial developments in journalism.
Especially keen to collaborate outside of media across disciplines on subjects such as automation, robotics, fact-checking, accountability, developments in social media and new financial models as well as more traditional storytelling methods and co-ventures.
Current partners are drawn from finance, IT, software engineering, consultancy and project management.