RadioDoc Review releases first edition

RadioDoc Review is a new twice yearly digital journal, where selected radio documentaries and features from around the world are critiqued by eminent scholars or practitioners of the form. 

The new publication, made possible by the work of University of Wollongong academic and internationally recognised radio documentary maker Siobhán McHugh, puts audio documentary works into the academic domain in a way that has never happened before, giving documentary reviews the serious academic recognition they deserve.

The pieces critiqued in the journal will be preserved at the National Film and Sound Archive, subject to rights and access permission. RadioDoc Review will also publish theoretical essays related to the radio documentary form, in order to promote collaboration and debate among the international community of radio documentary producers, broadcast industry professionals and academics, and develop the theory and practice of the radio documentary form.

The journal’s editorial board and panel of reviewers is a who’s who of radio practitioners and scholars including:

Dr Siobhán McHugh, University of Wollongong – Founding Editor
A/Prof Mia Lindgren, Monash University
Steve Ahern OAM, broadcast industry consultant and author
Emeritus A/Prof Gail Phillips, Murdoch University
John Biewen, Duke University
A/Prof Michelle Boyd, University of Illinois
Prof Tim Crook, University of London and Birmingham City University
Sharon Davis, independent radio documentary maker, and multi-Walkley award winner
Prof David K Dunaway, University of New Mexico
Alan Hall, independent radio feature maker, and Prix Italia winner
Prof David Hendy, University of Sussex
Dr Virginia Madsen, Macquarie University
Michelle Rayner, Executive Producer, Hindsight, ABC Radio National
Julie Shapiro, Third Coast International Audio Festival
Emeritus Prof Seán Street, Bournemouth University
Claudia Taranto, Executive Producer, ABC 360 Documentaries
Jane Ulman, radio feature maker and multi-Prix Italia winner

The journal aims to provide an online space that brings together documentary makers, their works, and critiques of their works, to showcase the best the genre has to offer. It will also provide a forum for serious criticism that will help create a common language for the assessment and analysis of the genre.

It is expected to become a valuable resource for radio studies courses around the world.

The first issue contains reviews of Poetry, Texas and and Norman Corwin’s The Lonesome Train and a range of articles about radio documentary making.

For more information and a digital copy of the first RadioDoc Review, click here.

Readers can suggest documentaries for review by email to [email protected].