Futures of Podcasting and Audio Journalism

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This Research & Innovation Doctoral Project brief summarises our priority areas of research interest under the heading of: Futures of podcasting and audio journalism.

We welcome all research degree applications aligned with and in response to this brief.

Project details

Radio, web audio and podcasting are large and still growing fields of journalism globally, but research into audio journalism production, its role in everyday life and its creative and narrative forms and potential have traditionally taken something of a back seat to visual and text media.

That is changing and radio, podcasting, and audio and voice are fast growing and vibrant areas of research and development internationally. Researchers and media organisations are keen to understand what the growth of smart speakers, wearable media, spatial and object-based audio and other developments will mean for their place in the world and their relationships with audiences. Geolocated and mobile media are still not fully explored as media for place-based, immersive and participatory audio journalism. How are people finding and engaging with broadcast radio in the on-demand age?

We're looking for theoretical and and practice-based doctoral project proposals which explore production, texts or audiences for audio/radio/podcast journalism and factual content, with a view to helping shape its future place in the world.

Strategic alignment

Projects deriving from this brief are expected to sit within the following Research & Innovation programme and department:

ProgrammeCreative Industries Futures
DepartmentSchool of Communication

As successful research degree project proposals must emphasise a clear alignment between the project idea and one or more of our Research & Innovation programmes, we recommend that you review details of the programme aligned to this brief before you complete the application process.

Project brief lead

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Project Brief Supervisor: Dr Abigail Wincott

Abigail Wincott has over 20 years' experience as a journalist and producer in print, broadcast and online, including 15 years at BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. At the BBC she produced and presented a range of output across education, current affairs, arts, science and documentaries for UK and international audiences. In 2007 she went part-time at the BBC to teach media production and journalism at the University of Brighton, where she completed a PhD part-time in 2017. She joined Falmouth University's School of Writing and Journalism in 2019, where she teaches journalism and communication theory and practice, specialising in radio/audio production.

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Project brief & project proposal enquiries

To discuss this project brief, ideas or project proposal responding to this brief, please contact: Dr Laura Hodsdon

E: Laura.Hodsdon@falmouth.ac.uk

Application enquiries

For all other application related enquires please contact the Research & Development team.

E: research@falmouth.ac.uk

T01326 255831

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