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2017 Favourites: Wheeler Centre Staff
As is the tradition, we finish the year with a list of books, films, television, podcasts and, really, anything that nourished Wheeler Centre staff during the past 12 months.
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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.
Judges Jon Tjhia, Sophie Black, Julie Shapiro, Kate Montague and Eric George, with Melanie Thomson and Penelope Bartlau — Photo: Claire Flynn
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Invasion of the Pod People: Radiotopia and Beyond with Julie Shapiro
You might think of Julie Shapiro as a master listener.
Back in 2000 – before podcasting was invented – Shapiro was a co-founder and the artistic director of the highly respected Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago, dedicated to extending the craft and awareness of artful radio storytelling. She did that for 14 years: a time during which the creative audio community, listenership and marketplace exploded.
Today – amid all the excitement, investment and real innovation around podcasting – she’s the executive producer of Radiotopia, the tightly curated Boston-based network widely considered the ‘indie record label’ of podcasts … and home to 99% Invisible, Ear Hustle, The Heart, Song Exploder and many more.
Julie Shapiro, right, speaks with Sophie Black — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Shapiro also boasts a strong connection to Australia. From 2014 to 2015, she lived in Sydney as executive producer of ABC RN’s Creative Audio Unit, which produced the boundary-blasting Soundproof and the storytelling show Radiotonic.
This December, she visited Melbourne to share insights from her long career in listening – and to discuss collaboration, reinvention and the long view in the era of the podcast, with host Sophie Black.
To hear more from Julie, check out the next episode of the Wheeler Centre podcast – in which she lends us her ears as a judge of So You Think You Can Pod – the Wheeler Centre’s search for new, audible ideas – alongside Audiocraft executive director Kate Montague, Australian podcast producer Eric George (Bowraville, Ballarat's Children), Sophie Black and Wheeler Centre senior digital editor Jon Tjhia.Part two Podcast episode
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The F Word Address: Jane Gilmore
‘Here’s a list of things that don’t cause murder. Stiletto-heel shoes. Mothers. Selfies. Broken hearts. Romance. Sex romps ... Here’s a list of things that do cause murder: the decision to murder someone.’
Feminist journalist Jane Gilmore started her #FixedIt project in 2013 to hold the media to account in their portrayal of victims of rape and child abuse. For the Wheeler Centre’s annual F Word Address, Gilmore evaluates the Australian media and how they have performed in 2017 in their depiction of women – whether it’s in politics, the arts, sport or in the reporting of domestic violence.
Today, thanks to social media, audiences have increasing power to force change in the way the news is presented. But are public perceptions still being shaped by such reporting? And how can a simple correction – a better image, another choice of words or laying blame where it belongs – make a difference?
Part feminist stocktake, part personal reflection, Gilmore tackles the year that was, as she examines how the media has chosen to represent – or misrepresent – women in 2017.
Santilla Chingaipe and Jane Gilmore discuss Gilmore's address — Photo: Jon Tjhia
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