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  1. Podcasts. Drought and Surf & Turf taste tests. Highs and lows of a 3,000 klm road trip North

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    Dust storm, just South of Walgett NSW
    Photo Credit: Campbell Cooney

    Greetings from the warm, sunny and temperate hills of Queensland's Atherton Tablelands.

    The trip meter on the car tells me that since leaving Melbourne I've travelled nearly 3,000 kilometres with a driving time of around 30 hours, with all of it apart from the final leg from Townsville, through the inland of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

    Across the last two states the signs of the devastating drought are everywhere. I took the photo above as I approached Walgett in Northern NSW. That was the heart of the storm, but even 200 kilometres up the road across the border at Dirranbandi,
  2. The Bondi Hipsters. Proof that nothing's as funny as taking yourself seriously.

    I don't know where you're reading this, maybe in one of the capital cities of Australia, maybe overseas in Europe, the USA or even in Asia?

    But I'll take a bet that wherever you are it's hard to avoid this subcultural group?
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    You guessed it. The Hipster, the urban, quasi intellectuals, who, like every subculture before them, try so hard to look like individuals, they look exactly the same as each other. And in the race to fall into line with their mates (Mind you I don't know if mate's a word a real hipster would actually use? Please dispute or discuss at your leisure) are helping fashion labels and retail outlets make a fortune.

    Updated 18th November 2014 at 01:50 PM by Mick Pacholli

    Authors and Contributors , Podcast Review , Comedy , Campbell Cooney
  3. The art of the documentary.

    If you think about it a podcast if the perfect platform for a documentary.

    Short or long, a one off or a serial. It allows you to listen at your leasure, at home, in bed, in the car, anywhere you want, whenever you want to.

    The thing about a documentary is that if you want to do it justice then you have to listen to it actively. It can't really be background noise. What that means is that if you listen to on the radio or watch on TV, which is where most if not all the great ons originate, more on that later, and your attention wanders then you've missed out. The same happens when you're listening at your own pace, then you can rewind or re-listen. Perfect!

    In the weeks ahead I'll look at some of the ones ...
  4. Podcasting. Just a few hints. Part I

    Now I'm not a lecturer. But as the title for this blog'll tell you, I listen to a lot of podcasts.

    I listen to them in the car, and when, like I'm doing now, writing for this, and for the other things I do to try and earn a crust.

    So, if I don't mind saying so, I reckon I have an idea of what works. So if you're passionate about the idea, and you and your mates, or family have the idea to create something, then here's a few ideas.

    Now don't expect a list of the best technology you can use, or the best way to get the word out, be it Apple
    iTunes or another source. I'll look at some of those in the future.

    Also I'm thinking about putting new thoughts here on a continual basis, as well as the

    Updated 1st October 2014 at 06:40 PM by Mick Pacholli

    Basic Entries , Authors and Contributors , Campbell Cooney , Podcasting
  5. Radio Lab. Making science fun and geeks sexy

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    I hate to say it, but in my career in the media one disappointing fact I have become aware of is that while science is important the science world's terrible at selling itself and the achievements of its members.

    From day one, be it at university, or on the job, reporters learn that at its essence when you tell a story, you answer six questions; who, what, why, when, where and how. Depending on the story one of those will be more important than the rest, but none are ignored.

    But scientists seem to work hard at ignoring this when called on to communicate with the wider world. I’m sure when they’re in a room talking to each other what they say makes perfect sense. But when ...
  6. This American Life, the podcast giant

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    In broad terms a podcast will into one of two categories.

    The first is the rebroadcast of a radio or television program. It goes to air, then's made available as media on demand. Think Hamish & Andy, or Late Night Live on the ABC's Radio National network.
    Often now if it's a prerecorded program, the release is simultaneous.

    Second is the podcast created to straight online. The Sweetest Plum produced in Australia by Declan Fay and Nick Maxwell a notable success., and one show we'll look at in the future.

    This American Life fits into category one and in many ways it sets the bar for what can be achieved. But it's also got a solid claim to be part of category two.

    Updated 1st October 2014 at 06:43 PM by Mick Pacholli

    Authors and Contributors , Podcast Review , Human Interest , Campbell Cooney , Podcasting
  7. Why a blog on podcasts?

    I don't think you're going to get many radio station managers or program directors admitting it, but in many ways the podcast is king. All those shows we once had to religiously tune in to get our daily fix of of news, analysis and opinion, can now be consumed when we want. If there's something you aren't keen on listening to in said program, instead of waiting for the all knowing presenter to move on, we now hit the fast forward button.

    It's not something they like, but it's something they can't ignore, and at the end of the day, you as the consumer, be you a listener, or watcher, are the winner.

    But podcasting isn't just the cleaning up of a radio show for release online. Now it's the way many entertainers, newsmakers