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Introducing Starting Somewhere

Pod bods, we are so excited to announce our brand new internship podcast Starting Somewhere. This is the ideal podcast for students and job seekers for whom internships are now a necessary milestone.

Now we need your help to make this thing big: please subscribe to the podcast, share it on social with the hashtag #UnimelbStart, and most importantly, tell all your friends, colleagues, and family! When you’ve done that, consider yourself invited to our exclusive launch party on April 19.


Work has changed. When employers want more than a grade, and candidates are demanding as much of their employer as their employer is of them, internships are a crucial bridge from classroom to workplace.

Starting Somewhere is your guide to starting out – delivering insight and stories that demystify the internship landscape for students and job-seekers, and dissecting the seemingly scary world of work.

In this 10 -episode series, we tackle the hard questions:

  • Are internships just for the well-to-do?
  • Why are interns being exploited?
  • Should interns be compensated?

We’ll answer these with real-life case studies – from the first day nerves, to moving into paid-work, to the ups and downs of an ever-changing working life.

Some episodes will explore:

  • Pushing the imperative for internships and who do they really benefit?
  • Why are so many people expected to have several under their belts?
  • Has their unpaid labour been a productive use of their time or was it pure exploitation?

It’s the podcast you wished you had when you started your working life.

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Meet The Podcasters – Episode Two: Louisa Lim

In episode two of Meet the Podcasters, we pick the brain of Louisa Lim, who hosts the Little Red podcast, and The Masterclass.

Silvi: What is the Little Red podcast about, and what’s your new podcast?

Louisa: I produce two podcasts at the moment. One is called ‘The Little Red Podcast,’ and that’s a podcast that I co-host with Graeme Smith, who’s an academic at the Australian National University. And it’s a very nerdy podcast about China, really for the hardcore China nerds but we have quite a following among the journalistic community as well. We kind of bridge that gap between journalism and academia. And then my second podcast which we’re launching now is called ‘The Master Class’ and it’s a teaching podcast aimed at teaching audio journalism to students. And the idea behind that was, when I started teaching audio journalism, students had to learn from a book and then they had all these web-links in the book, so if you wanted to hear you had to go online and type things up and listen to stories separately and it was just such a hassle, I thought, “This is such a ridiculous way to learn audio, you need to learn through listening.” So, the aim is, a podcast where you’re learning through listening.

Silvi: Why did you decide to host the podcast?

Louisa: So for ‘The Little Red Podcast’ it was a project that Graeme started when he had been at the University of Melbourne. He’s an academic, he’s an expert in China’s investment in the Pacific and political economy, and I have a radio background so I just thought it would be a fun way of talking about China. And so we decided to work together and it has just turned into a really fun project, because actually there’s a lot of Australian academics doing really interesting work on China that hasn’t been getting out to a wide audience. So I just feel like it’s serving as a useful tool for the community, but also I do feel that Australian journalists are not very well-equipped to cover stories about China, there are very very few people working in the media that can speak Chinese and they don’t have the depth of knowledge that is necessary. In our podcast we’ve been able to do reporting on stories, interview people on issues that aren’t really being covered properly so I feel like we’re really doing a service in different ways.

‘The Master Class’ was a little different. It’s a teaching tool, but it’s a really fun teaching tool. So each episode is an interview with a single master of audio journalism about one aspect of the craft so that, for example, one on interviewing with Hamish Macdonald from the ABC, and one on podcasting with Julie Shapiro from Radiotopia.

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Meet The Podcasters – Episode One: Dave McRae

Welcome to the first edition of Meet The Podcasters, our exciting new series showcasing the talented audio-makers around the University of Melbourne!

Our first guest is Dave McRae, co-host of the Talking Indonesia podcast.

Silvi: What is the Talking Indonesia podcast about?

Dave: It’s a fortnightly podcast that presents an in depth interview with leading experts on political and social issues in Indonesia. We aim both to go beyond the depth of coverage that you get in the mainstream media, and also to present a more diverse range of voices. For instance, we’ve been going for around two and a half years now, and around two thirds of our guests have been Indonesians and over 40% of episodes have had female guests. We really want to present first rate analyses from a diverse set of voices to an English speaking audience.

Silvi: Why did you decide to host the podcast?

Dave: I work at the Asia Institute here at Melbourne, working on Indonesian politics and foreign policy. Back in 2015, along with professor Tim Lindsey over in the law school, we established an Indonesia at Melbourne blog, again, with the idea of making academic expertise and diverse voices on Indonesia, accessible both to other academics but particularly to a mainstream audience.

As part of setting up that blog, I felt at the time there wasn’t really a podcast that did what Talking Indonesia now does. I had a background in think tanks, and had done a lot of media interviews through that think tank experience, so I had seen how effective audio could be in reaching a broad audience  — and that was kind of where Talking Indonesia came from.

audio just has a broader reach than some of the other ways that you might try to get a message out to an audience.

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Vote for us in the podcast awards!

Hi Pod Bods!

We’re excited to announce that we’re in the running for a couple of awards in the Australian Podcast Awards. One of them is the popular vote.

To have a chance at it, we need your help in making an impact. Go to this link to cast your vote for Eavesdrop on Experts, our flagship podcast:


We can’t thank you enough!

-The Podcasting Team

Free Resources For Podcasters

No doubt you are now wondering “what sort of services are out there for podcasters that don’t charge for use?”.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most useful resources and then some – but it is by no means comprehensive. There’s so much out there – you just have to go looking (or Googling).


  • Google VoiceGoogle Voice is a telephony service that provides call forwarding and voicemail services, voice and text messaging
  • SkypeSkype is a telecommunications application software product that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet and to regular telephones.

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Tips for Interviewing

Think recording an interview for a podcast is going to be a breeze? Think again. There are many factors to keep in mind before contacting your intended guests. If your podcast is going to include panel discussion, vox pops, guest contributions, or any kind of interview involving two or more people, the following dot points will help you get started:

  1. Be prepared

Know as much as possible about the person you are about to interview, and the subject of the discussion, before you start – it shows a great respect for your guest. You can conduct a pre-interview via web chat or over the phone, or do some independent research on ye olde faithful Google.

    2. Be genuinely interested in your guest

The conversation will be more natural if you can spark an authentic interest in the topic or the interview subject (or both, ideally). This is why preparation is so important – the more research you do, the more you will find interesting tid bits to hold on to. If you don’t take the guest seriously, neither will your listeners.

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Recap: The Podcasting Overview Lecture

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We had an absolutely fantastic turnout at the first Podcasting Overview Lecture for 2018! Thanks to all for coming.

Hosted by Dr Andi Horvath and featuring our audio engineers Chris Hatzis and Arch Cuthbertson, the lecture introduced a number of UniMelb staff to podcasting concepts, production, and distribution techniques.


You can listen to the podcast of the lecture above, and find the vodcast (that’s audio + lecture slides) here. The slides are also at the top of this post in downloadable PDF format.

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Effective Audio Storytelling

As Kurt Vonnegut explains in the video above, all stories have a shape. The most popular ones follow a repetitive structure: the protagonist is introduced, then they encounter a challenge, and then, through a series of actions & consequences, the protagonist overcomes that challenge. 

Now, consider Serial – the true crime podcast that’s often credited with boosting the medium to the popularity it enjoys today. Serial has a structure, but it is not easily shaped. The crime investigation flows this way and that, with a heavy dose of doubt mixed with curiosity driving the narrative. If you imagine the shape of Serial’s story, it wiggles from peak, to trough, to plateau, and then ends in a giant question mark. 

Storytelling in podcasting — whether episodic or one-off — is vital. If you’re making a podcast, it’s the easiest way to create audience engagement. Even a simple interview format will have characters and some form of conflict to resolve. Mapping out the shape of your story beforehand and adjusting it as you go can really make all the difference.

Some key elements of effective storytelling (for fiction AND non-fiction) are:

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How To Host A Launch Party

Does your podcast really exist if no-one listens to it?

Successfully marketing your podcast is perhaps the toughest part of the podcasting process. It needs to make a big impact fast – there’s no sense waiting for it to become a cult hit with a tiny fanbase.

Essentially a groovy gathering for both creators and potential listeners, the launch party is a fun way to both build hype for your podcast and get to know your audience better. Hosting a launch party was a huge factor in the success of the Starving Artist podcast. Check out their landing page for a great example of the elements of a podcast launch party.

Before the event

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Wrapping Your Head Around The Listening Party

Greetings Pod Bods!

The phenomenon of the listening party, once an old-timey tradition of wireless owners, is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to addictive podcasts like Serial and Invisibilia.

A listening party is a great way to share the often solitary experience of the podcast and engage with it in a more enriching way, instead of dwelling on the information in your mind for hours.

Here’s how to do it:

What are you listening to?

If you don’t want to get caught up listening to episodes for hours, a stand-alone podcast will work perfectly. With a self-contained topic and story, guests can immediately engage with the content and have a lively discussion that won’t consist of “just play the next episode!” Controversial, divisive topics may seem scary but actually make for better discussion. Download the podcast in advance and test your audio setup to prevent any issues.

Who’s coming?

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