The ‘Serial’ effect of Podcasting

Podcasts are back.

While traditional journalism continues to change with advancing technology, the recent popularity of the podcast ‘Serial’ has seen podcasts and audio journalism develop as one of the most powerful mediums in contemporary convergent journalism.

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What Is Hidden | “Folk music; it’s not as bad as it sounds”

To many, the idea of a Folk Festival suggests a weekend of banjo-backed bush dances, chai-sipping hippies and a diet of vegan friendly soy products. However you might be surprised by how much folk in Australia had changed, since hitting our shores in 1788.

Kangaroo Valley hosts an annual Folk Festival in the historic township, each October. The festival is a 3-day celebration of music, dance and art that brings together families, folk fanatics and lovers of music, from around New South Wales.DSC_3038

Rob Cleary is a retired High School teacher who is a veteran at Folk Festivals across the state. Illawarra, St. Albans, Corbargo and Canberra’s National Folk Festival, are just some of the events he attends each year. However when I had the chance to speak to Rob about the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival (KVFF), it was clear that this is the event he is most passionate about.


Rob is member of KVFF’s ‘Organising Committee’, responsible for overseeing the organisation of the festival, as well as selecting the acts and planning the program prior to the event.

“Choosing is a really big process. We’ve got to make sure we choose acts that are suitable and choose things which are varied enough.”

“The Kangaroo Valley Festival has probably the most varied programs of the smaller festivals. We’ve got such a diverse group of people who are coming.”

Rob is just one of many who give up their time to work behind the scenes and make this event possible. Nerolie Barnes is a local member of the community who volunteered in the days leading up to the festival in order to set up and decorate the venues.


Like many Nerolie believes there is a hidden stigma surrounding folk music, which discourages people from attending events such as KVFF.

“Folk music is music for the people, from the people.”

And Rob agrees.

“Once you can get them in the gate, and they see what’s there, they’re surprised by what’s there.”

“I have a friend who has a saying about Folk Music when he’s trying to encourage people to come to a festival. He says – ‘Folk music: it’s not as bad as it sounds’.”

I had the pleasure of speaking to Rob in the lead up to the festival, and meet with Nerolie over the weekend, to discover ‘what is hidden’ at KVFF – the work behind the scenes and the perceptions surrounding folk music.

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‘The Cinema Experience’


JRNL102 l Assessment 1: Audio Assessment – Person and Place


Before Foxtel and Netflix, seeing a movie meant a night out on the town with a choc top and bag of popcorn.

Since the doors first swung open at ‘The Roxy Cinema Complex’ Nowra, in 1935, the has building has extended, adding 4 new theatres to the complex. But although the original building has grown, a large portion of the cinema experience has remained the same.

Mason Solley has worked at the cinema for five years and although the experience has changed he still believes it’s one worth having.



A huge thank you to Mason for taking the time to talk to me!

– Hannah.

Cinema Nightlife: Sound Portrait l Part 2


The smell of buttery popcorn, the icy taste of a large coke and a creamy choc top from the freezer.


A cinema is a wonderful place for the senses. There are so many sights and smells at the movies, and each of these is usually associated with a range of distinctive sounds. This week I continued to develop my sound portrait from the week before, using a collection of sounds which I recorded while at my local cinema – ‘The Roxy Cinema Complex’ – in Nowra.


Going to the movies is a very visual experience and over the last couple of weeks I have enjoyed exploring the best way to transfer this experience into audio.


I began my sound portrait outside the cinema, recording the sounds of getting out of your car and the traffic as you cross the street. 11844056_10207464710965771_1758630664_nInside I then recorded some distinctive sounds like pouring a drink, the popcorn machine and the conversations at the counter. These sounds help to locate my portrait’s setting and create an affiliation with place.


The next step for my sound portrait is to incorporate more audio in a way so that I can show a connection between the cinema and a person – maybe a staff member or a regular customer. I feel like now the challange will be integrating a person and their connection to the cinema in while cutting the audio down to meet the time limit.

lHannah Laxton