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Dr Siobhan McHugh is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Siobhan is an internationally recognised award-winning writer, oral historian and broadcaster, whose work over three decades has been concerned with capturing and transforming marginalised voices through the affective power of sound and storytelling.
She has written social histories, authored over 60 radio documentaries and created oral history archives on themes ranging from society and culture to war, history and the environment, which are held at the National Library of Australia, State Library of New South Wales and City of Sydney.
Siobhan’s practice-based and practice-led research straddles industry and the academic world. Her creative work has won the NSW Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction and gold and bronze awards at the New York Radio Festival and been shortlisted for the UN Media Peace Prize (Australia), the NSW Premier’s History Prize, and a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism. Siobhan’s theoretical research interests include the evolution and impact of audio storytelling and podcasting, critical analysis of the radio documentary/feature form, orality and aurality in oral history and the affective power of voice.
She is founding editor of RadioDoc Review, the first scholarly journal dedicated to critical analysis of the crafted audio feature/podcast form and is a member of the editorial board of The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media and a peer reviewer for US-based journal Oral History Review, where her article, The Affective Power of Sound: Oral History on Radio is among the journal’s most cited. It has been included in the third edition of the Routledge Oral History Reader considered the most significant anthology of international oral history scholarship.
Siobhan’s research interests include:
- Radio documentary and podcasting studies
- Critical analysis of audio storytelling
- Oral history interviewing as inter-subjective dialogue
- Long-form narrative journalism studies
- Orality and aurality in oral history
- Audio as vector for affect and emotion
PUBLICATIONS : PDF
The Aerobic Art of Interviewing, from the Asia Pacific Media Educator
How Podcasting is Changing the Audio Storytelling Genre, from Researchgate
Audio Storytelling; Unlocking the Power of Audio to Inform, Empower and Connect, from Researchgate
PUBLICATIONS : LINKS
Why S-Town invites empathy not voyeursim, on The Conversation
The Power of Voice, on transom website
Audio Storytelling and the Affective Power of Voice, on the Wheeler Centre website
The Power of Podcasting, on myndset