The Documentary Podcast Phenomenon

It’s been almost a century since John Grierson coined the term “documentary” in a film review and later described documentaries as “the creative treatment of actuality”. Now, in the post-convergence transmedia era, documentarians and factual storytellers are using new media and new technologies to bring rich, immersive true stories to new audiences. Since the game-changing true crime podcast ‘Serial’ (2014), podcast listeners — and subsequently, the opportunities for production — have increased exponentially. How are they made? How are they funded or monetised? How do you find and engage with your audience? Start listening… and join the conversation with our expert panel of Australian documentary & factual podcast creators!

Kate Montague, Director & Founder, Audiocraft
Ruby Jones, Presenter & Producer, ABC: Unravel ‘Barrenjoey Road’
Sabrina Organo, Prod of ‘The Burial Files‘ & Creative Prod of Multimedia at the State Library of NSW
Alexx Stuart, Producer & Presenter, ‘Low Tox Life‘

WITH an exclusive audio update from Hedley Thomas of The Australian’s controversial true crime hit ‘The Teacher’s Pet‘, which has now had over 50 million downloads.

Forum producer and host: Felicity Blake, The Dove Media