Great to be welcomed to the 5 Minute Research Pitch finals for 2017, hosted by Central Queensland University’s Melbourne Campus. Fourteen talented communicators(representing arts and science academics from 7 participating universities) competed in the ultimate test – pitch your research in 5 minutes, with a 3 slide limit, no going over time. Michael was able to record the entire event and will present the presentations, featuring the two researchers from each of the represented universities.
July – October 2017
We have had a small hiatus and undertaken a review of our workflows. This has also been a time of working to create strategic partnerships to allow the work of SoundMinds to continue as an independent contributor to the alternative media landscape. Stay tuned for those of you who follow us or receive our occasional updates, as we roll out our plans over the next couple of months.
We were pleased to accept academic acknowledgement of our documentary style from author Iain Hay in the Journal of Geography in Higher Education. His article is Moving pictures: from ethnographic to autoethnographic documentary in the
internationalization of the geography curriculum. Hay (2017) says:
” … For the moment, good quality autoethnographic documentaries are somewhat scarce and there are, as yet, no online clearing houses for them. However, because growing numbers of geographers are incorporating film and audio into their research (Jacobs, 2013, p. 720; Rogers, 2015a, 2015b, 2016) and more institutions run programs on film-making for fieldwork the multiplication of good quality resources is sure to follow. … “
Dallas started making audio pieces prior to SoundMinds and you can listen to his story on the “mousetribe” people living in the air raid bunkers in Beijing – Searching for the Mousetribe in the Confucian City. The other documentary cited was Childbirth, midwives, hospital and home; And never the twain shall meet. If ethnography interests you, SoundMinds also has the compelling Doing Ethnographic Research In The Himalayas When An Earthquake Strikes.
The Walkley experience was invaluable (even though we didn’t make the short list) as we were able to attend (online) a series of sessions by experts in various fields, from startups to techie types, to seasoned media serial entrepreneurs. What we gained was clarity about our position in the media landscape and potential future directions. We will be providing training modules for our new presenters. We’ve also had interest from other institutions and individuals to provide training and mentoring for academic and creative non-fiction podcasts.
The website has been overhauled, with a new podcast player installed. There is a lot more done behind the scenes, and these new sections will be revealed as we move forward. If you haven’t visited our new pages, try the Podcast Player or browse the Episode Bookshelf.
Our new conceptual framework is “Listen, Learn, Join“. We will continue to produce our own SoundMinds podcast, encourage and support new producers and work to expand their learning. We will look forward to consult with fee paying institutions and individuals and work to provide a truly independent academic podcast service and platform.
We have been very fortunate to be “longlisted” for a “Walkley Innovation Fund Grant. We will be able to work alongside peers and mentors as we work toward the shortlist. This is a great honour and opportunity for the SoundMinds team.
We were able to extend our association with new producers again in the last month and plan for more producers to contribute. The episode Hypermasculinity and Sports was our fourth by a female producer [Alejandra Villanueva].
Our other female producers have been:
- Jacqueline Nelson, who co-produced: Childbirth, midwives, hospitals and home; & never the twain shall meet? with Dallas Rogers; and A Conversation on Race (for the London School of Economics) with Dallas Rogers. See the LSE Blog article. Jacqueline will also be participating in a follow up episode with the working title, Childbirth … revisited which has begun production, featuring another female producer;
- Liz Taylor, who co-produced Factory Farming and urban planning: Killing two million birds with one zone with Dallas Rogers; and
- Sarah Martin, who produced Interview with Michael Schubert : The Making of Silence.
We asked for brief feedback from our featured academics. In fact we asked them to complete the sentence:
The best thing about SoundMinds Radio is ….
The best thing about Sound Minds Radio is they tackle questions about what make us tick as humans, in fact they tackle the most important questions that sadly are often not asked.
Hannah Dahlen, Professor of Midwifery, Higher Degree Research Director, School of Nursing and Midwifery. Western Sydney University. Hannah featured in Childbirth, midwives, hospitals and home; & never the twain shall meet?
I wholeheartedly support the work of SoundMinds Radio. They develop high quality content in an accessible format. They give voice to diverse viewpoints and create programs which synthesis complex ideas into highly engaging and entertaining listening. This gives researchers such as myself an invaluable opportunity to reach audiences beyond academia, both in Australia and internationally.
Scott McKinnon, Vice-Chancellor’s Post Doctoral Research Fellow. Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, Department of Geography and Sustainable Communities Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong.Scott featured in LGBTI and Disaster Relief.
The best thing about SoundMinds Radio is the way that research can have an impact to a wide audience – using the mixed media of interviews and narrative to describe the relevance of research to urban and rural, old and young audiences with an Australian flavour, but with an international reach.
Andrew Butt, Senior Lecturer, Community Planning and Development, Department of Social Enquiry. Program Coordinator: Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning. Director: Engagement, Community and Outreach. La Trobe University.Andrew featured in Factory Farming and urban planning: Killing two million birds with one zone.
The podcast I took part in for SoundMinds probably got the best (and most interesting) traction from any piece of media I’ve done as an academic. It got reposted all over the place and has been something that I’ve shared quite often as an accessible entry point into my work and my ideas, especially when I want to engage with stakeholders outside of academia.
The best thing about the project is that it allows informed research and ideas to reach a wide audience, but with a lot more depth than the standard ‘sound bites’ that conventional journalism often wants from academics. But it also didn’t require huge time commitments from me either (something researchers are painfully short of). Because the SoundMinds series is so effectively edited and presented, I was basically able to chat with Dallas about my research, and then have the amazing experience of having that woven into a really compelling and well-put together piece of radio content. None of the nuance was lost, but it was put together in such a way that it was accessible to a wide range of community listeners.
In the somewhat terrifying ‘post-truth’ era, the kinds of lines of real connection between academic knowledge and the community that a project like SoundMinds can offer are invaluable and I hope to continue to get to listen, share and learn via the project.
Shanthi Robertson, Senior Research Fellow (ARC DECRA) at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Shanthi featured in The Migrant, the Refugee and the Border.
For me, the best thing about the SoundMinds Radio project is the diversity of guests providing listeners with a range of views and experiences. I appreciate the project’s aim to represent research and researchers to the public in an accessible format and to create a narrative element that informs the listener in the words of the academic, not simply a dry interview or soundbites. It is a high-quality, thoughtfully-conceived platform that offers an important interface between researchers and the public. I also believe that SoundMinds provides a vital archive of material that should be supported and preserved for future listeners.
John Ryan, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia, University of Western Australia Medical School. John featured in Seasons of Change: Nature vs Calendars.
The best thing about the SoundMinds Radio project is that it creates a narrative element that informs the listener in the words of the academic, not simply a dry interview or soundbites.
Alejandra Villanueva, PhD Candidate, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Alejandra featured as a producer in Hypermasculinity and Sports.
I’ve done many interviews through the years, but the one with you stands out among the best. I felt that you really got into the tooth and fang of my work. Too often, interviewers ask questions that are fairly shallow or even kind of lame, and I think this really insults listeners. But your Qs were excellent and really set the tone for a fun interview, and I think this came across really well. They should clone you!!!!
Lisa Gershwin, Research Scientist CSIRO aka Dr Jellyfish. Lisa naturally featured in Jellyfish: Aliens, Assassins or Adventurers.
The best thing about the SoundMinds Radio project is that it provides a bridge between research and a wide audience. With the ever-increasing need for science communication, SoundMinds serves an important role connecting listeners to unique perspectives.
Dr Lisa Williams, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of NSW. Lisa featured in Deconstructing Pride.
The best thing is that this is a genuinely innovative project of knowledge translation where research and researchers can reach wider audiences locally and internationally and in an accessible format.
Dr Juan Francisco Salazar is a cultural and media anthropologist and Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. He is a Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society and associate member of the Digital Humanities Research Group. Juan is featured in What The Antarctic Teaches Us about The Science of Space Exploration.
The best thing about the SoundMinds Radio project is in-depth analysis and commentary on important topics which you don’t often get on radio, combined with great production values.
Distinguished Professor Ien Ang is a Professor of Cultural Studies and was the founding Director of the Institute for Culture and Society. She is one of the leaders in cultural studies worldwide, with interdisciplinary work spanning many areas of the humanities and social sciences. Professor Ang featured in our first episode, The Migrant, The Refugee and The Border.
It’s great that the SoundMinds Radio project brings research directly from the researchers to the public in an accessible and engaging way. We need more understanding of science and its importance in the general community, and SoundMinds is providing an avenue for this.
Dr Anina Rich is an Associate Professor and ARC Research Fellow in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, and an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. Anina is featured in Hearing Colours, Seeing Sounds: Lessons from Synaesthesia.
The best thing about the SoundMinds Radio project is that the program allows for a much more in-depth conversation and discussion about individual researcher’s or other expert’s field of work, the relevance of this work to contemporary issues and interests, their own history of involvement in the area or project, their perspective on what the implications of their findings are, or the trajectory of the issue or issues that they are addressing, particular frustrations or regrets, etc. It is rare in today’s hectic academic and professional world to be able to have a conversation, to simply discuss, in response to informed questions, the challenges, highlights, and intersecting complexities of more serious engagements with either real world problems or more advancement of knowledge horizons. All of this opens the windows and doors of the seeming ivory towers and research labs of contemporary universities and technology centres, allowing for a nice break from one’s typical routine, and an opportunity to more informally share one’s ideas, reflective thoughts, and sense of where things are headed.
SoundMinds occupies a very distinctive and valuable niche in Australia’s public outreach mindspace, providing a more accessible and conversational Public Understanding of Science venue and medium, hosted by a very engaging and knowledgeable academic/researcher/radio journalist and commentator.
It very much deserves all of the foundational, governmental, or other sources of support that might be available.
Professor Joseph Reser, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Emeritus Reader in Social and Environmental Psychology, University of Durham. Joseph is featured in Climate Change : Personal Experience Catalyses Acceptance and Motivation.
The best thing about SoundMinds Radio is the broad scope of interesting psychology podcasts.
Associate Professor John Malouf, University of New England. John is featured in Walk a mile in my shoes: teaching and learning empathy .
Michael’s Silence documentary tops over 6,000 listens and we realise how important it is to reach our audience. The Australian Audio Guide featured our podcast with an outside professional perspective. Check out the full listing via this link. Here’s the description they provided:
Each episode of SoundMinds Radio offers an accessible, thoughtful window into the thinking that feeds academic research. Broadcast weekly, the show explores ideas and discussions about contemporary life that aren’t often surfaced, and rarely in depth, in mainstream media.
Rendered with light sound design, a penchant for vocal effects and a somewhat lo-fi aesthetic, SoundMinds is fuelled by the curiosity that compels researchers. The show is a collaboration between Michael Schubert (Byron Bay) and Dallas Rogers (Sydney), and is produced with the assistance of a Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) Content Production Grant.
A big shout out to Kate (Audiocraft) and Jon (The Wheeler Centre) for compiling this directory of Australian audio documentaries and podcasts.
Dallas has moved from Western Sydney University to Sydney University. We must thank WSU for their support and cooperation with the SoundMinds Radio initiative.
We source a considerable amount of our music from the Free Music Archive (FMA), and Michael did a great interview with FMA Director Cheyenne Hohman. You can gain an insight into the process of documentary making. And thanks to that interview, an additional 4,000 listens were achieved in one week! SoundMinds Radio uses a Creative Commons license to facilitate sharing and reuse of our creative content and this was one of the themes of the interview.
Dallas continues to explore collaboration with new content producers from the academic world. This process involves creating clear guidelines and workflows, a natural extension of the original SoundMinds concept. Michael attended the 5 Minute Research Pitch (5RP) National Finals in November and is following up with some of the excellent academic presenters for potential SoundMinds episodes.
We’d love to say we won the Best New Program-Talks, but we congratulate our colleagues at Yolngu Radio for the Dhäwu Dhäwu Show. On the other hand, Michael’s documentary In Search of Silence which utilises Dr David McAlpine’s contribution (Listen: Stop Doing So Much Work), won the National Features and Documentary Series Award.
Michael’s In Search of Silence documentary went to air on the Community Radio Network and will be permanently available for download by community radio stations. We also have it here with our Special Projects. For more information go to www.insearchofsilence.net. We commenced a review of our social media strategies, and will continue with Twitter (Dallas) and invigorate our facebook feed (Michael). Michael has been announced as a presenter at the CBAA Conference, featuring his work on the “Listening Party” where he will review and answer questions and demonstrate the documentary making process. Thanks to BayFM and CBAA for supporting Michael’s attendance.
Dallas is busy working with two new female producers on specialised episodes for SoundMinds. Michael is busy editing his Silence project and we are planning the summer workflow. We are learning to adjust our recording schedules around University schedules. In the run up to a website redesign there are many ideas including the incorporation of a podcast player for your convenience (instead of the current Soundcloud embedded player). Experiments with logos and design are taking place. Let us know what you want and what you think.
SoundMinds radio now has another broadcast channel. The Community Radio Network [CRN], which already broadcasts our episodes on Thursdays at 10:45 am [EST] around Australia on CRN-1, has a new channel. You can now hear SoundMinds on selected community radio stations around Australia on CRN-2 Overnight Tuesdays at 1:04 am [EST]. Contact your local community radio station to find out if they take the Community Radio Network feed. Chances are they do, as over 150 stations around Australia utilise their service.
Great news for us, our radio show was selected as a finalist by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia [CBAA], “Best New Radio Program – Talk”. Thanks to the CBAA, just to be selected is an honour. The winner will be announced at the annual conference in November. And our producer Michael Schubert is up for another award in the National Features and Documentary Series with his documentary In Search of Silence which appear as a Special Project on our site after it goes to air on the Community Radio Network in September.
June saw us begin to plan for the introduction of new producers. Creating workflows and training academics in podcasting has been a ‘behind the scenes’ discussion between Dallas and Michael as part of the future vision for SoundMinds. We will be announcing more about this in the following months, or contact us if you are wanting to create content with us.
May was a great month. A big thanks to the Community Broadcasting Foundation for providing another grant to build the SoundMinds Radio project. We have some big plans in the pipeline. We are adding a couple of new Producers over the coming year. And we are kicking off this month with our newest Producer, Liz Taylor, and her episode on Factory Farming. We also added a couple of new channels so you can access our content even easier. We have embedded our audio files in videos on YouTube and our Facebook page, check them out.
In other news. Dallas has published a follow-up article to the Poverty Porn episode: Poverty Porn and Housing: How we produce Housing and Neighbourhood Stigma. Michael received a grant and mentorship award from the National Features and Documentary Series Competition and is supported by the Community Media Training Organisation. His working radio documentary title is In Search of Silence.
April started well, with our first broadcast on the Community Radio Network (CRN). The London School of Economics also included our remastered “blogcast” A Conversation on Race on its Human Rights Blog. We have also applied for grants for a second season of SoundMinds and a SoundMinds Special Project on Digital Communication – we’ll keep you posted. If you want to know more about SoundMinds, the CRN gave us a Q&A Session which is also available as a PDF.
March saw the Twitter following grow from 300 to 800 followers. We shared stories with other audio producers in Sydney at the Audiocraft Conference. And that behind the scenes project was realised! We are proud to announce that the SoundMinds Radio Project will be shared on the Community Radio Network (CRN), which provides a scheduled broadcast [Thusday at 10:45 EST] every week and on demand to over 150 Community Radio Stations. Thanks to all the Soundminders who helped make it possible and thanks to the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA). The first broadcast is on April 7. Contact your community radio station to check if they are planning to broadcast SoundMinds.
As you know, SoundMinds is broadcast each week to our local radio audience, but here is a little secret – we have been working quietly behind the scenes towards national distribution! On top of our live radio listeners, in February we hit a couple of “300 milestones”. We hit 300 Twitter followers at the beginning of February and over 300 people listened to our most successful podcast to date: Childbirth, Midwives, Hospitals & Home.
Many of you found, followed or told other people about the show on social media, and our Twitter handle was running hot. We finished February with 800 Twitter followers!
So thanks for sharing our content with others. We really appreciate it. In addition to our live audience over 1,000 people downloaded episodes that were shared by you. We are also testing out a facebook video version of our show, which you might prefer? Please let us know. Of course, you can always listen to our show live at BayFM, listen from this website, or listen or download each episode from Soundcloud.
We completed our first Special Project for the London School of Economics (LSE) Human Rights Blog, Conversations on Race. Dr Jacqueline Nelson from University of Technology Sydney provided a written introduction about place and racism to go alongside the two episodes of SoundMinds we packaged together: The Migrant, The Refugee and The Border; and Navigating the City as a Young Muslim. This special episode will appear on LSE Human Rights Blog in February 2016, but you can have an early listen now.
And thank you to the 170 SoundMinders who followed us on Twitter @SoundMindsRadio recently. We are glad you like the show and we will continue to keep you informed about the upcoming episodes and other news via Twitter and Facebook. We are also attracting SoundMinders on Soundcloud (one of two places where we store our audio files) from within the Soundcloud community [www.soundcloud.com/sound-minds-radio]
Hello SoundMinders. First, a big thank you to everyone who has listened to SoundMinds Radio over the last few months. Around Christmas, we pasted our first big milestone. We achieved 500 podcast listens in our first 50 days. This is all because of you, our listeners, the SoundMinders! So thank you.
We are taking a short break over the New Year listening period, and we hope you have a great Christmas and New Year! There are some great shows in the pipeline, so check back in with us on 12th January 2016, or sign up for occasional updates on your right. If you do, we will let you know about the next episode before it broadcasts!
For all the Radio Nerds out there, here is a quick update on the production-side of the project. We are now running on two podcast platforms: (1) SoundMinds website (~400 listens) and BayFM Podcast site (~100 listens). We refined the production schedule into two simple tasks to bring you even better content:
- Telling stories from the academics viewpoint; and
- Providing a high quality audio experience.
We also streamlined our social media strategy to keep you informed about the lasted episodes and happenings at SoundMinds Radio. We will:
- Tweet each episode and retweeting relevant stories; and
- Facebook each episode with additional behind-the-scenes photos and information.
Dallas and Michael are attending the Audiocraft Conference on March 5th, 2016 in Sydney with BayFM colleagues William Martin (multi award winning Production Manager and CBF funded 21st Century Newsroom producer) and Isabeau Schubert (CBF funded girlology podcaster). Come along say, “Hi”!
Hello SoundMinders. The first episode of SoundMinds Radio went to air on BayFM on Tuesday 3rd November at midday [EDST]. We were thrilled that this episode was picked up by The Conversation and edited into a long form podcast for their Speaking With… series on 13th November.
Michael began mentoring a group of young people with FRRR funding at BayFM Community Radio, Byron Bay. Two of the young radio producers are keen to develop narrative audio skills, and you will be hearing from them shortly on SoundMinds Radio.
Hello Radio Nerds, Michael and Dallas presented a workshop at the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) National Conference on 14th November. The workshop presentation was called: Bringing New Voices to Radio: On and Off-air Community Engagement. We talked about the origins, organisation and scope of the SoundMinds Radio project and talked about building partnerships in the future.
As you might know, Dallas is a real life academic, and he conducted a workshop on 30 November called Media Engagement in a Digital World, for academics attending the 2015 Geographical Society of New South Wales Annual Awards Night. He talked about SoundMinds Radio as a research communication project.
You will also see that we simplified our website and added this NEWS page. We want to keep everyone informed about the upcoming episodes, so we will be focusing on Tweets and Facebook updates over the next couple of months.
Hello SoundMinders and Radio Nerds, a quick update to let you know that one of our pilot episodes was featured on a UK based website PodAcademy, which is an academic podcasts blog. We are glad to say, the editor will be listening to and perhaps even featuring our show in the future!
Woo Hoo SoundMinders and Radio Nerds !
Our Community Broadcasting Content Development Grant was successful. We will be producing 30 high quality podcasts over the next 9 months, which will be broadcast on BayFM and other community radio stations.
In other news, Dallas presented an online documentary in a style similar to the SoundMinds project, at the Festival of Urbanism (Sydney University) on 3th September. It is called ‘Searching for the Mousetribe in the Confucian City’, keep and ear out for SoundMinds producer Michael Schubert in this piece.
July – August 2015
We love producing SoundMinds Radio episodes, so we have team decided to keep this project alive. We have some great supporters too:
- Michael approached BayFM Community Radio Station to house the project and they offered production support;
- Dallas approached the Western Sydney University and they support his involvement, including support from The Media Unit, the Institute for Culture and Society and the School of Social Science and Psychology (which funded his AFTRS course);
- Kylie approached RTRFM Community Radio Station in Perth to support her participation in the project;
- Michael and the team applied for a Content Development Grant from the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF).
February – June 2015
In early 2015, Kylie, Dallas and Michael participated in the first AFTRS Diploma of Digital Content delivered online. Kylie lives in Perth, Dallas in Sydney and Michael in Byron Bay. They were randomly assigned to a major project group and discovered their common interests in radio content and production. They developed the SoundMinds Radio project. For the AFTRS project they:
- Created five sample radio episodes
- Created the website design and developed the logo
- Created the Facebook site and social media strategy
- Created a movie trailer (produced by Kylie)
The SoundMinds Radio project was rewarded with high marks and accolades from our fellow online students. Thanks Radio Nerds! The enthusiasm for the assignment encouraged us to make it happen in the real world. And SoundMinds Radio was born, and along with it SoundMinders (that’s you!)