Peter was invited to the Faculty in 2001 as an Adjunct Professor following a distinguished 30-year career in Australian journalism. He had been Head of Current Affairs at the Seven Television Network (1997–2000), Head of ABC Radio National (1993-5) and head of ABC Television News and Current Affairs (1989–92). Between 1985 and 1989 Peter was Executive Producer of the prize-winning "Four Corners", specializing in investigative reporting. Prior to that, he had been a television, radio and print reporter in ABC television and radio, the "Sydney Morning Herald" and "The Bulletin" He was trained at John Fairfax and Sons Ltd.
In 2004, he joined the Faculty as a member of the academic staff as a Senior Lecturer. He taught Investigative Journalism, Advanced Print Features, Television Journalism. In the same year, he undertook a Doctorate of Philosophy examining representations of Arabic and Muslim people in Sydney's media.
Peter is now an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty.
His most recent publications include:
MANNING, P.C.,2017, "Represnting Palestine: Media and Journalism in Australia since World War 1", I.B. Tauris and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, 275pp.
MANNING, P.C., 2016, "Janet Venn-Brown: A life in art, New South Publishing, Sydney, 180pp.
Ethnicity and media. Defamation law reform. Investigative journalism. Representations in the media. Orientalism and the work of Edward Said. Race in Australian history. Media history. Public broadcasting.
Manning, P 2018, Representing Palestine: Media and Journalism in Australia Since World War I, I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd, London & New York.
After more than half a century, the Israel-Palestine conflict continues to dominate headlines. But how has the coverage of Palestinians by foreign media changed? How did foreign correspondents influence the perception of Palestine among their audiences? And why is understanding this so important?
Based on extensive original research in the archives of Australia's oldest newspaper, Peter Manning shows how the Sydney Morning Herald portrayed Palestine during three key periods - the end of World War I (1917-8); the Nakba and the creation of Israel (1947-8); and 9/11 and its aftermath (2000-2). In the process, he takes the reader on a unique journey from the moment information was gathered on the ground in Palestine, through to its final processing and publication. Crucially, when correspondents neglected to write about Palestinians, their perspective never made it to readers and a space emerged for stereotyping and misunderstanding.
Manning reveals how the newspaper reported on key events such as Australian troops in Palestine and the Holocaust, but also how the newspaper failed to cover massacres and forced migrations. Combining close textual analysis of more than 10,000 articles with cutting-edge quantitative research methods, this book is important reading for anyone with an interest in how the print media has portrayed the conflict in Palestine - both in Australia and beyond.
Manning, PC 2008, Palestine and Israel: 60 years of refugees, war and suffering, The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.
Manning, PC 2006, Us and Them: A Journalist's Investigation of Media, Muslims and the Middle East, 1, Random House, Sydney, Australia.
Manning, PC 2004, Dog Whistle Politics and journalism: reporting Arabic and Muslim people in Sydney newspapers, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, UTS, Sydney.
Manning, PC 2008, 'Embrace a broader view', The Walkley, vol. 49.
Manning, PC 2007, 'Media and the University: The Henry Mayer Legacy', Media International Australia, vol. 124, pp. 13-22.
Media power grows apace in our society. Many Australian cities are one-newspaper sites and restrictions on cross-media ownership are being lifted. On the other hand, new digital media outlets are also spreading. Is the space for democratic conversation about public policy narrowing or widening? In this context, with financial pressures on university budgets increasing, many university presidents are complaining of threats to universities` independence as a communities of scholars. This lecture will posit that the media and the university are heading in different directions but, as the legacy of the great Jewish intellectual Henry Mayer would show, this need not be so.
Manning, PC 2004, 'A Colonial State of Mind', Griffith Review, vol. 5, no. Spring.
Manning, PC 2004, ''Sexing It Up': Lord Hutton's report on the BBC and the Implications for the Australian media', Communications Law Bulletin, vol. 23, no. 1.
Manning, PC 2003, 'Arabic and Muslim people in Sydney's daily newspapers, before and after september 11', Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, vol. 109, pp. 50-70.
Manning, PC 2008, 'Writing in an 'Age of Terror'' in Bernadette Brennan (ed), Just Words, University of Queensland Press, Australia, pp. 13-29.
Manning, PC 2006, 'Australians Imagining Islam' in Poole, E & Richardson, JE (eds), Muslims and the News Media, I.B.Tauris, London, pp. 128-141.
Manning, PC 2007, 'Can the Media take Criticism?', Record of the Communcations Policy & Research Forum 2007, Communications Policy and Research Forum, Network Insight Institute, University of Technology, Sydney, pp. 3-6.
There is no doubt we journalists are a thin-skinned lot. The latest example is my friend George Negus in last weeks Sydney Morning Herald TV Guide. SBS is under attack for increasing advertisements, lowering ratings and bad management but George complains about other journalists who use anonymous quotes from staff. And he comes to the defence of SBS management. Hes been around a long-time. I suspect weve both in our time used tips, sources and backgrounders from people whom we have protected by suppressing their names.
Manning, PC 2006, 'Edward Said, Post-colonialism, the Mass Media and his cultural critics', Edward Said: Debating the Legacy of a Public Intellectual", Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra.
Manning, PC 2006, 'Reporting the Muslim Voice: the ABC's Specialist Religion Department', The Journalist and Islam, Macquarie University's Centre for Middle East Studies, Macquarie University.
Manning, PC 2005, 'Transmitting meanings: defining Muslim in the Federal Election seat of Greenway on behalf of UTS Transforming Cultures Centre', "Transformations" FECCA Conference, ANU, Canberra.
Manning, PC 2003, ''Reasonableness and Malice: An Analysis of Why Defamation Law Refuses to Reform', The Public Right to Know. Number 5 of the UTS Law review, Public Right to Know, Halstead Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 7-22.
The deficiencies of defamation law, particularly in NSW, have been acknowledged for more than 30 years. Reports by the NSW and Aus  discuss at length the cost, complexitytralian Law Reform Commissions and protracted nature of proceedings, defences, adequacies of juries, rem- edies and many other matters in this specialist area of law. Many of the reports and much of the critique led to the NSW Defamation Act 1974, with high hopes at the time that many of these complaints would be resolved. This was not to be. In the last decade, the whole subject of free speech in Australia, and its connections to defamation in the mass media, have been a highly contested area, both within and without the courts.
Manning, PC 2002, 'A History of Reform in Australian Defamation', Public Right To Know Conference 2002, ACIJ, UTS, Sydney.