Associate Professor David   McKnight
Honorary Associate Professor

Associate Professor David McKnight

BA, Dip Ed, PhD (Syd)
Arts,Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

 

Dr David McKnight is a researcher interested broadly in politics, history, journalism and the media. Most recently he was a co-author of Big Coal: Australia's Dirtiest Habit (NewSouth, 2013). He is also the author of several books including Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power (Allen & Unwin, 2012)  and Beyond Right and Left: New Politics and the Culture War (Allen & Unwin, 2005) which discusses the renewal of the progressive political vision. He co-edited (with Robert Manne) Goodbye To All That? (Black Inc, 2010), a collection of essays on the failure of neo-liberalism. In 2012 he was the co-author of Journalism at the Speed of Bytes, a study commissioned by the Walkley Foundation for Journalism on the future of journalism in view of the crisis in the business model of newspapers. 

He is also historian of the Cold War and espionage, having written an authoritative history of Australia’s internal security organisation, ASIO, Australia’s Spies and Their Secrets  (1994) and a history of the underground political tradition of the Communist International, Espionage and the Roots of the Cold War (2002). His current research covers two areas:  the rise of populism; the relationship between political ‘spin’ and political journalism; 

He worked as a journalist on the Sydney Morning Herald, on ABC TV’s Four Corners and on the weekly Tribune. An archive of his writing including extracts from books is at: www.beyondrightandleft.com.au

 

 

Phone
+61 2 9385 8536
Location
231S, Level 2 Robert Webster

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2018
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2018, 'Breaking with Moscow: The Communist Party of Australia's new road to socialism', in The Far Left in Australia Since 1945, Routledge, pp. 59 - 76, https://login.wwwproxy1.library.unsw.edu.au/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=1776356&site=ehost-live&scope=site&ebv=EB&ppid=pp_59
    Books | 2018
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2018, Populism Now! The Case for Progressive Populism, NewSouth
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D; Hobbs M, 2017, 'Fighting for Coal: Public Relations and the Campaign Against Lower Carbon Pollution in Australia', in Carbon Capitalism and Communication Confronting Climate Crisis, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 115 - 129
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2014, 'How To Read Your ASIO File', in Burgmann M (ed.), Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO Files, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney, pp. 21 - 45, https://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/my-asio-file/
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D; O'Donnell P, 2014, 'Walkley Awards', in Griffen-Foley B (ed.), A Companion to the Australian Media, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, pp. 484 - 485
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2013, 'Murdoch and his influence on Australian political life', in Sykes (ed.), The Story of the 2013 Election, Future Leaders
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2013, 'The Renewal of Social Democracy', in State of the Nation: Essays for Robert Manne, Black Inc., Collingwood Vic, pp. 50 - 56, http://www.penguin.com.au/products/9781863956291/state-nation-essays-robert-manne
    Books | 2013
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    Pearse G; McKnight D; Burton B, 2013, Big Coal: Australia's Dirtiest Habit, First, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2012, 'The campaign to sell climate denial:public relations, the media and scientists', in Banks P; Lunney D; Dickman C (ed.), Science Under Siege: Zoology Under Threat, edn. Original, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW, pp. 13 - 15
    Books | 2012
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    O'Donnell P; McKnight D; Este J, 2012, Journalism At the Speed of Bytes: Australian Newspapers in the 21st Century, Original, Walkley Foundation for Journalism, Sydney
    Books | 2012
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2012, Rupert Murdoch: an investigation of political power, First, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest
    Edited Books | 2010
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D; Manne R, (ed.), 2010, Goodbye To All That, Melbourne
    Edited Books | 2010
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D; Manne R, (ed.), 2010, Goodbye To All That?, Black Inc, Melbourne
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2010, 'Labor's market in public services', in Manne R; McKnight D (ed.), Goodbye to all that? : on the failure of neo-liberalism & the urgency of change, edn. Original, Black Inc. Agenda, Melbourne, pp. 181 - 204
    Book Chapters | 2007
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2007, 'Entries on the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service', in Galligan B; Roberts W (ed.), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 45 - 47
    Book Chapters | 2007
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2007, 'Entry on Michael Bialoguski', in Australian dictionary of Biography, edn. Original, Melbourne university press, Carlton South, VIC, pp. 97 - 98
    Book Chapters | 2006
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2006, 'Research for Journalists and Writers', in Fogg C; Grundy B (ed.), Release the Hounds: A Guide to Research for Journalists and Writers, edn. Original, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, pp. 1 - 5
    Book Chapters | 2005
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2005, 'Research for Journalists and Writers', in Fogg C (ed.), Release the Hounds, Allen & Unwin
    Book Chapters | 2005
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2005, 'Rupert Murdoch and the culture war', in Manne R (ed.), Do not disturb: is the media failing Australia?, edn. Original, Black Inc., Melbourne, VIC, pp. 53 - 74
    Books | 2005
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2005, Beyond Right and Left: New Politics and the Culture War, Original, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW
    Books | 2002
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2002, Espionage and the Roots of the Cold War, Original, Frank Cass & Co, London
    Book Chapters | 1999
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 1999, 'The roots of investigative journalism in Australia', in Curthoys A; Schultz J (ed.), Journalism: Print, Politics and Popular Culture, Queensland University Press
    Book Chapters | 1994
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 1994, 'Internal Security: Sources', in Bergin A; Hall R (ed.), Intelligence and Australian National Security, Australian Defence Force Academy
    Books | 1994
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 1994, Australia's Spies and Their Secrets, Original, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, Sydney
  • Journal articles | 2017
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D; O'Donnell P, 2017, 'Journalism and intellectual life: the exemplary case of Donald Horne', Australian Journalism Review, vol. 39, pp. 37 - 46
    Journal articles | 2016
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2016, 'The Rudd Labor Government and the limitations of spin', Media International Australia, vol. 159, pp. 108 - 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1329878X16634870
    Journal articles | 2015
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2015, 'The rise of the spin doctor: from personal briefings to news management', Media International Australia, pp. 114 - 123, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000366778900013&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Journal articles | 2015
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2015, 'Shaping the news: media advisers under the Howard and Rudd governments', Australian Journalism Review, vol. 37, pp. 21 - 31
    Journal articles | 2015
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    Journal articles | 2015
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2015, 'Terrorism and the Cold War: Avoiding false comparisons', Griffith Review, pp. 231 - 235
    Journal articles | 2014
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    Hobbs M; McKnight D, 2014, ''Kick This Mob Out' : The Murdoch Media and the Australian Labor Government 2007-2013.', Global Media Journal, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 13, http://www.hca.uws.edu.au/gmjau/?p=1075
    Journal articles | 2013
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D; Hobbs M, 2013, 'Public Contest through the Popular Media:The Mining Industry's Advertising War against the Australian Labor Government', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 48, pp. 307 - 319, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2013.821101
    Journal articles | 2012
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2012, 'Henry Mayer Lecture 2012: The market populism of Rupert Murdoch', Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, vol. 144, pp. 5 - 12
    Journal articles | 2012
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D; McNair B, 2012, 'The empire goes to war: News corporation and Iraq', Australian Journalism Review, vol. 34, pp. 7 - 18
    Journal articles | 2012
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D; McNair B, 2012, 'The Empire Goes to War: News Corporation and Iraq', Australian Journalism Review, vol. 34, pp. 7 - 17
    Journal articles | 2012
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2012, 'Gina Rinehart and Rupert Murdoch: a study of power in the media.', The Conversation, http://theconversation.edu.au/gina-rinehart-and-rupert-murdoch-a-study-of-power-in-the-media-5394
    Journal articles | 2012
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2012, 'News of the World scandal reverberates beyond the Murdoch empire', The Conversation, http://theconversation.edu.au/news-of-the-world-scandal-reverberates-beyond-the-murdoch-empire-2256
    Journal articles | 2011
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D; Hobbs M, 2011, ''You're all a bunch of pinkos': Rupert Murdoch and the politics of HarperCollins', Media Culture & Society, vol. 33, pp. 835 - 850, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163443711411004
    Journal articles | 2010
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2010, 'Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation: A Media Institution with a Mission', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, vol. 30, pp. 303 - 316, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2010.505021
    Journal articles | 2010
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2010, 'A change in the climate? The journalism of opinion at News Corporation', Journalism: theory, practice and criticism, vol. 11, pp. 693 - 706, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464884910379704
    Journal articles | 2010
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2010, 'Investigating Journalism's Future', The Walkley Magazine, pp. 21 - 21
    Journal articles | 2009
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2009, 'The Sunday Times and Andrew Neil: the cultivation of market populism', Journalism Studies, vol. 10, pp. 754 - 768, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616700903119891
    Journal articles | 2008
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2008, '`Not attributable to official sources`: Counter-propoganda and the mass media', Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, vol. 128, pp. 5 - 18
    Journal articles | 2008
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2008, 'Rethinking Cold War History', Labour History, vol. 95, pp. 185 - 197
    Journal articles | 2008
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2008, 'The crisis of neo-liberalism', Arena Magazine, pp. 17 - 20
    Journal articles | 2008
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2008, 'The Emerging Politics of Climate Change', Arena Magazine, pp. 16 - 18
    Journal articles | 2008
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2008, 'Partisan Improprieties: Ministerial Control and Australia`s Security Agencies, 1962-72', Intelligence and National Security, vol. 23, pp. 707 - 725
    Journal articles | 2007
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2007, 'Social Democracy and Family Values', Renewal (London), vol. 15, pp. 67 - 73
    Journal articles | 2007
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2007, 'Can the Left find a new vision?', Arena Magazine, pp. 20 - 21
    Journal articles | 2006
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2006, 'The Ascendancy of the Right in Modern Australia', Sydney Papers, vol. 18
    Journal articles | 2006
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2006, 'All in the same boat', The Australian universities' review : journal of the Federation of Australian University Staff Associations, vol. 48
    Journal articles | 2005
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2005, 'Western Intelligence and SEATO’s war on subversion', Intelligence and National Security, vol. 20, pp. 288 - 303
    Journal articles | 2004
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2004, 'Rupert Murdoch and the Culture War', Australian Book Review, vol. February
    Journal articles | 2004
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2004, 'Rethinking Social Democracy', Labour History
    Journal articles | 2004
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2004, 'Clear thinking, dogma and the war on terrorism', Sydney Papers, vol. 16
    Journal articles | 2004
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2004, 'Australian Film and the Cultural Cold War', Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, pp. 118 - 130
    Journal articles | 2003
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2003, 'A World Hungry for a New Philosophy: Rupert Murdoch and the rise of Neo-Liberalism', Journalism Studies, vol. 4, pp. 347 - 348, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616700306493
    Journal articles | 2003
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2003, 'Fear of Slipping', The Australian universities' review : journal of the Federation of Australian University Staff Associations, vol. 46
    Journal articles | 2003
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2003, 'Bali, the Left and ‘anti-imperialism', Arena Magazine
    Journal articles | 2002
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2002, 'Comintern Work in the Western Armed Forces', Revolutionary History, vol. 8
    Journal articles | 2001
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2001, 'Facts versus Stories: the Sydney Morning Herald's journey from objective to interpretive reporting', Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources
    Journal articles | 1998
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 1998, 'The Moscow‐Canberra cables: How soviet intelligence obtained British secrets through the back door', Intelligence and National Security, vol. 13, pp. 159 - 170, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02684529808432482
    Journal articles | 1997
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 1997, 'The Comintern's seventh congress and the Australian labor party', Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 32, pp. 395 - 407, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/002200949703200307
  • Working Papers | 2011
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D; O''Donnell P, 2011, Submission to the Independent Media Inquiry, November 2011, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Canberra, http://dx.doi.orghttp://www.dbcde.gov.au/digital_economy/independent_media_inquiry/consultation
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2009, 'Intellectual Agenda Setting: the case of Donald Horne', in Intellectual Agenda Setting: the case of Donald Horne, Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2009, Macquarie University, Sydney, presented at Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2009, Macquarie University, Sydney, 28 September 2009 - 30 September 2009
    Conference Papers | 2008
    Associate Professor David McKnight
    McKnight D, 2008, 'Telling the story of global warming:news and opinion at News Corporation', in Politics/Media Conference, Politics/Media Conference, presented at Politics/Media Conference, http://soapbox.unimelb.edu.au/pages/proceedings.html

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