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So You Think You Can Pod 2017
In deciding the winner of the second annual So You Think You Can Pod competition, we invited three Australian podcast hopefuls to have their pitches prodded, workshopped and sharpened by our panel of audio producers in front of a live audience – with a Wheeler Centre mentorship and prize pack worth $8,000 up for grabs. Listen in as the judges – Eric George (Australian), Kate Montague (Audiocraft) and Julie Shapiro (Radiotopia, USA), alongside Sophie Black and Jon Tjhia from the Wheeler Centre – delve deep into new audio ideas.
Joining us as finalists for this event were Coel Healy (Perth, via Skype), Penelope Bartlau (supported by team members Darius Kedros and Patrick Humbert) and Melanie Thomson (with Nick Henderson of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives).
Listen to part one, featuring Julie Shapiro and Sophie Black in conversation, here.
Jon Tjhia is the Wheeler Centre’s Senior Digital Editor.
He has worked on the Wheeler Centre's multimedia, editorial and digital projects since 2010, including #discuss, the short-form multimedia series Housekeeping, and long-form podcast series Better Off Dead and The Messenger, which won several awards. He's a co-editor and co-founder of the Australian Audio Guide, and has been a member of Audiocraft's 2017 programming committee, the 2018 New York Festivals Radio Awards Grand Jury and ABC RN's Ian Reed Foundation committee for audio fiction/drama.
Elsewhere, Jon produces the Paper Radio literary fiction and creative non-fiction podcast, makes the occasional radio thing, plays music with Speed Painters and has served on. In 2016, he was a top-ten finalist in Radiotopia's Podquest competition.
Julie Shapiro is the executive producer of Radiotopia from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, cutting-edge podcasts.
From 2014–15, Julie was the executive producer of ABC RN's Creative Audio Unit. In 2000, she co-founded the Third Coast International Audio Festival – where as artistic director she shaped the Festival's creative trajectory and prioritised innovative audio and a cross-pollinating international listening culture.
Julie has taught radio to university students, presented at conferences all over the globe, and produced stories for the airwaves and podcasts in the US and beyond. She lives with her husband and son in Arlington, MA.
Kate Montague is the Founder and Director of Audiocraft – an organisation for Australian radiomakers and podcasters.
She has made audio stories for ABC RN’s Earshot, This Is About, Pocketdocs and Long Story Short programmes, the CBC's Love Me podcast, NPR’s Snap Judgement, FBi Radio’s All The Best, online publications such as Narratively, and exhibitions such as The Pool.
Kate is currently doing a practice led PhD at Macquarie University researching personal storytelling in radio documentaries and podcasts.
‘Women have many reasons to be wary, depressed or downright terri ed of the internet. No guaranteed safe space exists for a woman online. Especially a lippy one. And yet ... as a tool for social change, the internet, to the extent that we can still refer to it as a single entity, still offers immense possibilities.’
Sophie Black is head of publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the national to writers scheme The Next Chapter, the multi-award-winning podcast, The Messenger, and the ABC RN program, Talkfest. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media, where she headed up titles such as Crikey, Women’s Agenda, Daily Review and SmartCompany. In 2013, she delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director. She sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and the human rights publication Right Now.
Eric George is a multiple Walkley Award-winning podcast producer and the Australian's Multimedia Editor. He produced the investigative documentaries Bowraville and Ballarat's Children and launched the newspaper's weekly business podcast, The Money Cafe.
Eric also covers netball for the Australian, and hosts Three Feet Away, a netball podcast. He has worked with SBS, Business Spectator and Eureka Report. Prior to journalism, Eric pursued a career as a winemaker.