The Yarn

The Yarn is a podcast showcasing work from The Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.  It features original reporting by students, content from The Citizen publication, as well as talks and events held by the Centre.

Producer: Clancy Balen

Episodes

  • Chisholm’s Choice Part 1

    Ahead of Australia’s general election on May 21, 2022, we’re launching a new miniseries about a key battleground in Victoria. It’s called Chisholm, and it’s one of the most marginal electorates in the country.

    In today’s episode, we’re joined by reporter Petra Stock who explains why Chisholm’s is so important.

    The Yarn is produced at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.

     

  • Generation COVID Part 2

    As concerts halls cleared out and people cancelled their holidays, COVID dried up revenue streams for most leisure industries.

    In today’s episode of generation COVID, our journalists investigate how workers got creative in their efforts to move their jobs from the stage and streets to their bedrooms.

    Reporting by Hanyang Cheng, Christopher M. Harley, Jade Murray, and Zhixin Zhang

    The Yarn is produced at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.

  • Generation COVID Part 1

    During the world’s longest lockdown, Melbournians yearned for their lives to return to normal. Now that restrictions have eased, some are finding that things aren’t quite as normal as they’d hoped.

    From the way we’re getting married, to how the most vulnerable people have slipped through the cracks, it’s becoming clear that things may never go back to the way they were before.

    In our first episode of Generation Covid, four reporters look into our our post-lockdown society.

    Reporting by Meghan Dansie, Sasha Gattermayr, Ann Khorany, and Nick Doyle.

    The Yarn is produced at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, at the University of Melbourne.

  • Swarm Episode 3: Critical Mass

    If there’s one thing humans love, it’s doing things en masse.

    From fashion to collecting data, building algorithms, and social contact, we always seem to demand more. Sometimes, finding the balance is difficult. And we don’t always get it right. This week on Swarm our journalists investigate the dark side of swarm behaviour.

    Reporting by Yue Jiang, Maya Pilbrow, and Julie Barman.

    These stories have been produced as part of an upcoming exhibition with the Science Gallery Melbourne. They were developed together with mentors from All The Best.

    The Yarn is produced at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, at the University of Melbourne.

  • Swarm Episode 2: Stigmergy

    Have you ever looked at a group of ants carrying food back to the colony, and wondered how they know how to work together so well? Or pondered how storks know how to migrate from Europe to North-Africa for the winter? Well, there’s a word for it: Stigmergy.

    From the behaviour of insects to, jellyfish blooms and mice plagues, our reporters investigate what drives animals to band together, and how our changing environment may be affecting them. Reporting by Angus Thompson, Amalyah Hart, and Matthew Hall.

    These stories have been produced as part of an upcoming exhibition with the Science Galley Melbourne. They were developed together with mentors from All The Best.

    The Yarn is produced at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, at The University of Melbourne.

  • Swarm Episode 1: (Dis)connected

    We all desperately want to be a part of something greater than ourselves. Instinct tells us when we band together, we can achieve amazing things. But our desire to belong can drive us – and our environment – to strange places.

    In part one of our new series Swarm, we present three stories about the lengths we go to for connection, and the hidden price we sometimes pay. Reporting by Julie Fenwick, Nyima Lhamo Wangchuk, and Josh Nevett.

    These stories have been produced as part of an upcoming exhibition with the Science Gallery Melbourne. They were developed together with mentors from All The Best.

    The Yarn is produced at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, at The University of Melbourne

  • Making the Murray River Sing

    What if the Murray River could sing? Well, it turns out that it can.

    In this special edition of The Yarn, a co-production with ABC Radio National, outgoing 2021 Citizen graduate cadet Jordyn Beazley reports on what the river song tells about the history and health of this vital waterway, its ecology, and its troubled future.

    This audio feature was developed for Radio National’s Science Friction program, where it was originally produced and presented by Natasha Mitchell. It was supported by a fellowship grant awarded by the Science Journalists Association of Australia.

    The Yarn is produced at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, at the University of Melbourne.

    Original audio and other great Science Friction episodes can be found here: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/sciencefriction/murray-river-sound-sonification/13647928

  • Hulk Pressure Part 2: Men & Mirrors

    How far would you go for the perfect body?

    Mounting scientific evidence points to alarming health risks associated with taking bodybuilding supplements at a young age. But the question remains: why are so many young men turning to potentially harmful supplements in such large numbers?

    In part two of Hulk Pressure, reporter Harry Sekulich investigates male body image, and the pressures young men face in trying to achieve the perfect body.

    The Yarn is produced at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, at the University of Melbourne.

    The following episode contains descriptions of mental health struggles, and experiences of eating disorders. If this episode brings up anything for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Butterfly Foundation on 1800 334 673.

  • Hulk Pressure Part 1: Pills & Powders

    What’s the cost of a perfect body? For some young Australian men, it could be lifelong liver damage.

    Under-regulated and readily available straight off the shelf, bodybuilding supplements are being consumed in growing numbers by adolescent males. But many of them haven’t been tested on teenage bodies, and no one knows the true extent of what the damage may be.

    In part one of our two-part series Hulk Pressure, Harry Sekulich investigates supplements, male body image, and the hidden toll this is taking on young men.

    The Yarn is produced at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, at the University of Melbourne

  • MENTAL Part. 4: Catharsis

    Minds are messy, complicated things. But we can make them work for us…not against us. This week we focus on catharsis.

    From emotional support animals, to conquering seasonal affective disorder and finding peace with the grieving process, our reporters investigate the capacity for emotional and mental healing.

    Reporting by Anthony Marsicotevere, Stephanie Zhang, and Sean Goodwin.

    This episode is made in collaboration with All the Best Radio and the Science Gallery Melbourne. Their new exhibition MENTAL: Head Inside is a welcoming place to confront societal bias and stereotypes around mental health. It runs from 20.01.22 -18.06.22

  • MENTAL Part. 3: Phobophobia

    Birds, small spaces, holes – our phobias don’t always have to make sense for them to control our lives. But is there a way to break free from the anxieties we carry with us?

    From a fear of getting pregnant, to deep water, and the thrill of horror movies, our journalists dig down into what terrifies us and why we might sometimes even enjoy scaring ourselves.

    Reporting by Alyssa Herr, Li Yongrong, and Chenlu Chen.

    This episode is made in collaboration with All the Best Radio and the Science Gallery Melbourne. Their new exhibition MENTAL: Head Inside is a welcoming place to confront societal bias and stereotypes around mental health. It runs from 20.01.22 -18.06.22

  • MENTAL Part 2: Brain Baggage

    We all carry baggage of some kind, in one way or another. In part two of our series MENTAL, we look at the neurological nuances that define us, separate us, and bring us together.

    From epilepsy in Russian literature to Heavy Metal therapy and learning to live with Aphasia, we look at the beauty and complexity of neurodivergence.

    Reporting by Zoe Stinson, Jesse Turland, Anthea van den Bergh, and Sophie Berrill.

    This episode is made in collaboration with All the Best Radio and the Science Gallery Melbourne. Their new exhibition MENTAL: Head Inside is a welcoming place to confront societal bias and stereotypes around mental health. It runs from 20.01.22 -18.06.22