Killer Stories: True Crime & Podcasts
As journalists experiment with new storytelling formats, podcast series have emerged as a uniquely engrossing platform for true crime stories. This session delves into what it is about true crime stories that is so compelling – from technical details like getting your voice, tone and background noises just right, to how to treat the people you’re reporting on with respect. How does the podcast format encourage listener involvement, and how can this impact on investigations? Prepare to feel spooked, moved and impressed in equal measure.
Allan Clarke, Unravel True Crime, ABC
Nicole Hogan, "Eight Minutes", Daily Telegraph
Mary-Ann Harris, New Idea Investigates
Moderator: Claire Harvey, deputy editor, Sunday Telegraph
Meet the speakers:
Allan Clarke is a proud Muruwuri and Gomeroi man. He has extensive experience as a current affairs reporter for radio, online and television. Allan was a senior reporter for SBS TV’s flagship indigenous news and current affairs show Living Black and a presenter for NITV’s The Point. He was the Indigenous Affairs reporter for BuzzFeed News and, prior to this, Western Sydney reporter for ABC News. Unravel True Crime and Australian Story: Blood on the Tracks follows Allan through five years of investigation, as a case that has been unsolved for 30 years finally starts to unravel.
Mary-Ann Harris began her media career in print before moving into television. She was the first reporter on the scene of the Beaconsfield Mine disaster and has spent years producing and reporting with WIN Television and Channel Nine. Her time spent as a crime reporter for Today Extra saw her exploring unsolved cold cases and piqued her interest in true crime. Her engaging interviewing style is driven by genuine empathy for people and a strong desire to share their stories. Mary-Ann is the host of New Idea’s crime podcast, New Idea Investigates. She lives in Sydney with her husband, two children and a golden retriever named Daisy.
Claire Harvey is deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph, Australia’s biggest-selling newspaper, where she also writes a column. Claire started her career at The Australian in 1994 as a copygirl. She worked at The Australian for a decade, covering various rounds including politics and spending three years as New Zealand correspondent, from where she also covered the Pacific Islands, before working for two years as a senior writer and columnist at The New Zealand Herald. In 2008 she returned to Australia as senior writer and columnist at The Sunday Telegraph, before becoming deputy editor in 2012. She lives in Sydney.
Nicole Hogan is an award-winning multimedia journalist who is driven by giving a voice to those who don't have one. She started out as a talkback radio producer for 2GB before moving into the production of daily news for the Nine Network. After an extended adventure writing features for the Evening Echo newspaper in Ireland she returned to Australia to write investigative features for Pacific Magazines, Bauer, The Readers Digest, and now specialises in creating extraordinary digital content for The Daily Telegraph.