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The Masterclass Podcast

14 EpisodesProduced by Louisa LimWebsite

Learning Through Listening: Lessons in audio from some of the best audio journalists in the world, hosted by Louisa Lim from the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.

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Ep 14: A Matter of Life and Death; True Crime Podcasts

October 9th, 2018


Louisa Lim explores the booming phenomenon of podcasts with investigative journalist Richard Baker and the ABC’s Rachael Brown.
They explore what makes this genre so compelling to audiences, and what does it tell us …

Ep 13: Pod Save Radio- How Podcasting is Transforming the Audio Sphere

July 9th, 2018


Louisa Lim moderated a lively discussion between Natasha Mitchell, host of the ABC's Science Friction and Robert Smith from Planet Money on NPR. They tackled topics such as their individual approaches to a story, how …

Ep 12: Manoush Zomorodi on Engagement and Audience Interaction

May 15th, 2018


Masterclass Episode 12: Manoush Zomorodi on Engagement and Audience Interaction
The smartphone has changed audience interaction forever, and Manoush Zomorodi’s Note to Self is a trailblazer in audience engagement. She …

Ep 11: Julie Shapiro on Podcasting

May 8th, 2018


You have to love and idea and a topic so much that you want to live it, breath it, eat it and marry it. That’s the advice that Radiotopia’s Julie …

Ep 10: Lyse Doucet on Journalism in Hostile Environments

April 30th, 2018


Masterclass Episode 10: Lyse Doucet on Journalism in Hostile Environments

The job of a journalist is to tell the stories of our time. In this episode, the BBC's Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet talks …

Ep 9: Steve Inskeep on Going Live

April 23rd, 2018


Masterclass Episode 7: Steve Inskeep on Going Live
Going live is one of the trickiest skills for any audio journalist to master. In this episode, NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep draws on his decades behind the …

Ep 8: Neal Razzell on Using Sound

April 16th, 2018


Sound and silence are the tools of an audio journalist, and their uses – as emphasis, as illustration, as explication or as a chapter break – are …

Ep 7: Natasha Mitchell on Writing for Radio

April 9th, 2018


Masterclass Episode 7: Writing for Radio

One of the biggest secrets to writing for radio is not writing for radio, but letting your sound and your interviewees do some of the work. In this episode, Natasha Mitchell of …

Ep 6: Robert Smith on The Art of Radio Packages

March 26th, 2018


Masterclass Episode 6: The Art of Radio Packages

Learn how to fantasize your ideal piece into reality, as well as how to become an audio hunter who knows exactly what they want and how to get it. In this episode, NPR's …

Ep 5: Becky Lipscombe on Recording in the Field

March 19th, 2018


Masterclass Episode 5: Recording in the Field

Use your mic like a camera, zooming in and out to getting aural close-ups and wide shots to build texture to your pieces. In this episode, the BBC’s Africa producer Becky …

Ep 4: Elspeth Morrison on Finding your Radio Voice

March 12th, 2018


Masterclass Episode 4: Finding Your Voice

In audio journalism, you need to sound like yourself plus 10%. But what does that even mean? In this episode, voice coach Elspeth Morrison breaks down how to find your radio …

Ep 3: Hamish Macdonald on The Art of the Interview

March 5th, 2018


Masterclass Episode 3: Interviewing
Interviewing is like playing chess; you need to predict two moves ahead and have your figurative pieces in play ready to meet your interviewee there. In this episode, the …

EP 2: Mike Innes on Finding a Story and Turning It Into Radio

February 26th, 2018


Masterclass Episode 2

Finding a Story and Turning It Into Radio

In the words of the British comedy figure Alan Partridge, dead air is a crime. But how to go about finding sparkling interviewees to bring your pieces to …

Ep 1: Power of Audio

February 19th, 2018


One word is all it takes to sum up the power of audio. The same word kept popping up in my conversations with some of the best audio journalists in the world. Find out what it is, and how to use it to harness the …

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