Budding Ideas 2014

Siobhan McHugh

Dr Siobhán McHugh

"I'm aiming to increase our understanding of the role of affect in conveying emotion via the audio medium and connecting disparate communities through storytelling"

Siobhán McHugh has made over 60 radio documentaries, which have won or been shortlisted for prestigious awards including Gold and Bronze medal at New York Radio Festival, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Best Documentary, Jacob’s Award (Ireland), UN Association of Australia award (twice), NSW Premier’s Audio-Visual Award, Walkley Award and Eureka Science Prize (media).

She has presented at Harvard University, Duke University and Concordia University. Siobhán’s documentary, Eat Pray Mourn (ABC RN 2013), which showcased anthropological research by Dr J Baker, has been set as a text in Australian universities.

Her series 'Marrying Out' (ABC RN 2009) is ERA-approved, winning a gold medal at the New York Radio Festival. She has been awarded four competitive Australia Council fellowships and won the NSW History Fellowship and NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

In 2013, she founded the first scholarly journal of audio documentary studies, RadioDoc Review.  

She says that the miracle of podcasting has caused a huge renaissance in audio storytelling with new and global audiences.

We look forward to hearing her talk 'Why Audio is the new black'.

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Siobhan's top three publications: 

McHugh, S. A. 2009, Marrying Out Part 1 - Not in Front of the Altar, ABC Radio National, Hindsight, Sydney 55mins (practice-based research: 2 x 50mins radio documentaries

McHugh S. A. 2012, “The Affective Power of Sound: Oral History on Radio”, Oral History Review 2012 (39) pp187-206

RadioDoc Review (ed). 2013, University of Wollongong Research Online: Open Access Journal http://ro.uow.edu.au/rdr/ 


Last reviewed: 9 June, 2016