Podcasting and audio journalism

Driving change - how podcasting is influencing storytelling conventions in audio journalism

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

18 July 2022

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

Production and consumption of podcasts have grown significantly over the past years. Podcasting is a popular medium for listeners wanting to access journalism at a time and place of their liking. It is a flexible audio medium supporting experimentation, freed from broadcast conventions and limitations set by program schedules. Podcasts can be produced by anyone, resulting in content ranging from episodes with high production values to amateur recordings.

This project investigates how podcast distribution, production, storytelling and consumption are influencing audio-based journalism. It aims to contribute new knowledge to the understanding of journalism and the emerging field of podcast studies. It can be either a practice-led project comprising a podcast production artefact with exegesis or a written thesis. Depending on the interests and expertise of applicants, the project could explore audio journalism from a range of approaches and perspectives broadly based in media and communication.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Professor Mia Lindgren

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or a Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Expertise in qualitative research methodologies.
  • Experiences with basic audio production.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Understanding of audio journalism.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Professor Mia Lindgren to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
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    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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