A podcast created and produced by journalism students at the University of Melbourne has won a prestigious silver trophy at the the New York Festivals of Radio awards for the world’s best audio content.
The podcast series, Uncurated, was recognised in the category of Social Justice Student Content. In each episode, student reporters tell the story of a single object held in one of the University of Melbourne’s 12 museums, uncovering tales of colonisation, fame, fortune, sex and death. Check out the New York Festival’s winners gallery site here.
The series was also a finalist in the category for Best Student Documentary, as was the Centre for Advancing Journalism’s new podcast, The Yarn. The prize is the only one awarded to an Australian university in the 2022 competition, with Australian projects by SBS and the ABC also recognised.
Uncurated was the result of the first advanced audio/podcasting subject, which launched in 2021. It was made during Melbourne’s epic 2021 lockdowns, with students working almost entirely remotely.
“So it’s really a reflection of how good our students are that their work is celebrated at a global level,” said senior lecturer Dr Louisa Lim, creator and coordinator of the subject.
The Uncurated production team was lead by Angus Rance, now a cadet at The Sydney Morning Herald, Nell Geraets, who has taken up a cadetship with The Age, and Clancy Balen, who recently joined the Launceston Examiner as a reporter. The Yarn episode which was a finalist in Best Student Documentary, “Brain Baggage”, featured work by Zoe Stinson, Anthea Van den Bergh, Sophie Berrill and Jesse Turland.
Check out all the collection of podcasts being produced by students and staff at the Centre for Advancing Journalism on our site, The Citizen, here.