The Podcasting Revolution

The Podcasting Revolution

­­­Nearly two decades old this previously niche platform has transcended many other forms of storytelling and journalism to become a flourishing self-contained industry.

In late 2014 American journalist Sarah Koenig released the podcast series ‘Serial’ which redefined the podcasting medium, by combining professional journalism and an invigorating story arch rivalled only by a HBO television series. The Hollywood Reporter coined this ‘The Serial Effect’.

Serial series one revolves around a murder case from Baltimore Maryland between the years 1999 and 2000. Koenig believes the convicted Adnan Syed has a story to tell and may be innocent of the crime, so she begins to investigate and take on an ulterior perspective to attempt to make sense of the sentence. After completion of the series the stir that it created was enough for Syed to earn a retrial that is still yet to happen (as of 2016).

If you haven’t checked out ‘Serial’ you can at this link.

After decades of visual medium progression, the simplest expression of creativity is back. The renaissance of audio journalism and story-telling is here.

What has caused this affluential return?

Quality podcasts, such as Serial, are definitely a contributing factor to the resurgence but there are a few other points to take into consideration. Including longevity, accessibility and the affordability.

I’m going to start this by quoting my father, “My family used to sit around and listen to stories on the radio and now 50 years later we are doing it again!”. My Dad couldn’t believe the similarities to what we are doing on our car trip in 2016 to what he did in his old family lounge room in 1960. The quality in recent podcasts is substantial enough to rival big budget television series’. Also the variability in new age podcasts means anything and everything can be spoken about! In one day I can listen to stories of true crime from history in Sword and Scale, to a comedic real life situation of someone’s dad wrote a pornographic novel in (the aptly titled) My Dad Wrote a Porno.

Everyone has the world at their fingertips, we are always seeking information and entertainment. The availability and accessibility of new age podcasts is incredible within a few minutes you can have several audio files downloaded and ready to play. In this regard keeping up with current events is easy, if you don’t have time to read or watch the news, you can listen to it anywhere and while you complete other activities.

We all want this continuous stream of information but as it become easier to source the price must go down. Podcasts are mostly entirely free with the producers making their earnings off of advertisers in relation to how many users stream their show. Not only is it inexpensive for the listeners the creators do not have many additional costs other than the usual startup fees.

Observing these key motives it is easy to see why a greater number of people are producing and consuming podcasts across the globe. There is an every increasing demand for current news and information, the populace feel the need to know be educated about world events and a simple, effective and cultivated medium for this is the industry of podcasting.





What is Hidden – JRNL102



On October 9th 2016 Sydneysiders of varying ages hit the streets to protest the incessant lockout laws. Proving once again that the policy is widely denounced by a substantial and vocal portion of the community.

The protest began in Belmore Park and as the day progressed the punters made their way up Oxford Street to Taylor Square where there were speeches and live performances aplenty. The sea of protestors in Taylor Square wanted their voices to be heard as well as their placards seen, some interesting interpretations of the NSW Premier Mike Baird were evident.


The Keep Sydney Open organiser Tyson Koh spoke to the revved up crowd, detailing the effects the lockouts have had on the local economy as well as the once late night bustling city.  Koh said, “there is so much talent, and that’s what breaks my heart…

Music, it happens in the bedrooms, but it also happens in venues as well. And when you kill off the vibrancy that means that a venue of 50 or 60 people has to close, it means that the people who are just starting out their careers have no place to play or perform in front of a crowd.

Because these spaces are vital. It is where we fall in love, it is where we listen to undiscovered talent. These places are incubators, and at every single level up the chain, whether that’s a 100-person venue, a 200, 400-person venue… or an arena, this does not happen when you kill off the grassroots level of our city or our society.”

Koh also called out the Premier and wants him to recognise the detrimental effects the lockout laws are having on businesses.

With a bit of hope and a lot more momentum these rallies could see a change in the near future.




About Me

About Me

Welcome to my WordPress. There are many like it but this one is mine. My WordPress is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without memy WordPress is useless. Without my WordPress, I am useless.

Full Metal Jacket quotes aside; this is how I have felt being pressured into using this form of media, nevertheless, I will persevere.

My name is Gus. I am a 21-year-old male, studying a Bachelor of Journalism at University of Wollongong. My interests include:

  • Movies & Tv
  • A smorgasbord of music
  • Photography (digital & film)
  • Surfing
  • Skateboarding

I am here for the same reason any other student is studying; to gain a better understanding of a particular area they are interested in and to hopefully obtain a job in that field.

meda121 ‘The Uncanny’

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Delving into the realm of the uncanny can be an uncomfortable journey, one has to attempt to observe the world from a different perspective. Viewing certain situations through the eye of a camera lens can alter what we perceive to be normal.

Initially, I was appealed by the eyes of human beings and what could be done with them to become more disturbing. The first two images play with this idea, a long exposure capturing a portrait with everything stationary except for movement of the windows to the soul.

Surroundings and nature create unsettling and disturbing feelings all the time, is this because of what one has experienced or seen before? Most likely. But, taking away the context of the area can also produce a set of peculiar images.

Lastly, the feeling of entrapment is encapsulated in these final images. I attempted to reach out to the audience and make them feel uneasy with what they were being presented. These two images required a lot of messing around with the camera.

The only post production editing done was cropping, otherwise, all images are presented as they were shot.