‘From An Early Age Gary Wanted Only To Be A Journalist’

The Gary Manning Memorial Scholarship In Journalism

A new scholarship in journalism will be awarded for the first time this academic year in the name of a former Managing Editor at The Tribune.

Gary Manning

The Gary Manning Memorial Scholarship in Journalism was established by a generous gift from Joanna Manning in memory of her late husband, Gary.  Mr. Manning was at the local newspaper from the early 1990’s to 2004. He was named Managing Editor in 1995, said his wife.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time student at Western University “entering the Master of Media in Journalism and Communication (MMJC) program, based on outstanding academic achievement and an interest in pursuing a career in the Arts or Public Relations,” according to a post on the Faculty of Information and Media Studies webpage.

Mr. Manning was born in London in 1946, graduated from Western in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Journalism degree and went on to have a long career as a journalist and editor. He died in New Brunswick early this year.

His first job post-graduation was in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. According to information provided by Joanna, he became City Editor in Sarnia and a respected Managing Editor in Cornwall, Guelph, Woodstock and Welland. 

“His staff appreciated his patience, commitment and enthusiasm; always receptive to new ideas for columns, features and reviews. Journalism was Gary’s life, one he loved unreservedly. A gentleman in the newsroom and beyond he was rarely seen without a smile,” she wrote.

“From an early age Gary wanted only to be a journalist, believing giving people the best information would help them make good personal decisions. That was why he found himself at 15 the only boy in the girls’ typing class. At school and at Western he was very active in student journalism.

“In the arts world Gary’s first love was theatre, followed by music, from classical to a wide range of genres. He also appreciated the visual arts. As his wife, being a visual and performing arts reviewer and feature writer, this gave us a delightful and rewarding partnership.”

Joanna, who continues to reside in New Brunswick, noted the scholarship was given with her love, her respect for Mr. Manning’s commitment to journalism and her thanks for his love.

“In these uncertain times I am happy to be able to offer some support to future journalists and writers,” she  also wrote.

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