ECREA Precon 2019

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>>Workshop Overview<<

>>Preparation Instructions<<


>>Expert Topics<<

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In this full-day workshop Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and postgraduate students will work in partnerships or groups to transform a radio/audio-media research idea proposed by a leading scholar or industry stakeholder into a research project proposal.

Participants will receive conceptual and practical guidance as they work through the process of turning a research idea into a project proposal that incorporates and integrates:
– research aims,
– research context/background,
– methodology,
– timeline of activity,
– resource requirements, and
– communication of results and impact.

The event is comprised of two activity types:
(1) Masterclasses
In the State of the Field masterclass a panel of leading scholars will discuss the current state of radio and audio media research, highlighting new directions in theory and practice, and responding to the radio/audio-media research ideas proposed by scholars and industry stakeholders. Expert topics are listed below.

Dr Chris K Wilson will outline the key elements of a research project proposal and the manner in which they can be effectively integrated in the Research Project Proposal Composition masterclass. He also will demonstrate a ‘fuzzy’ mapping process for dynamically developing a project proposal.

(2) Workshops & Mentoring
In the ECR Introduction workshop, participants will briefly introduce their research interests and methodological expertise and indicate a preference for one of the expert topics. This information will help establish effective partnerships and groups for the Research Project Proposal Composition workshops to be held in the afternoon. Preparation instructions for this workshop, including information on the expert topics, are provided below.

In two Research Project Proposal Composition workshops partners and groups formed over lunch will use the fuzzy mapping process to rapidly develop a project proposal outline. They will be assisted by an expert mentor.

In addition to enhancing research project proposal development knowledge and skills, the workshop aims to:
– Create ongoing partnerships between ECRs & Postgrads working in radio and audio media studies
– Introduce ECRs & Postgrads to experienced scholars who may act as mentors

The workshop is coordinated by Dr Chris K Wilson (Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University – Melbourne Australia).


Prior to the event please create a single PowerPoint slide using this downloadable template indicating your radio and audio media research interests, methodological expertise and an indication of the expert topic for which you would like to produce a research project proposal. Please note: the expert topic list available below will be progressively updated until 1 September.

Submit your slides prior to the workshop via email:


09.30 – 10.10 Opening Remarks
10.10 – 11.10 Masterclass: State of the Field
10.10 – 11.10 – Introduction of expert research ideas
10.10 – 11.10 – Panel discussion
11.10 – 11.30 Morning Break
11.30 – 12.15 Workshop: ECR Introduction
11.30 – 12.15 – ECRs present single slide introductions
12.15 – 1.15 Masterclass: Research Project Proposal Composition
12.15 – 1.15 – Elements of the research project proposal
12.15 – 1.15 – ‘Fuzzy’ mapping for project proposal development
1.15 – 2.00 Lunch (partner/group formation)
2.00 – 3.00 Workshop: Research Project Proposal Composition 1
2.00 – 3.00 – Development session for partners/groups
3.00 – 3.20 Afternoon Break
3.20 – 4.00 Workshop: Research Project Proposal Composition 2
3.20 – 4.00 – Development session for partners/groups
4.00 – 4.30 Closing Remarks
4.00 – 4.30 – Outcomes
4.00 – 4.30 – Introducing the YECREA Young Scholars Network

Expert Research Topics

(Please note, additional topics will be added until 1 September 2019)

(1) Local content regulation in the age of streaming

In a number of European countries radio broadcasters are subject to quotas that seek to expose local audiences to local music. Streaming services (such as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music) have not been subject to a similar quota system since their emergence. Following a recent European Commission ruling that televisual streaming services (such as Netflix) will be subject to a 30% local content quota, there has been interest in imposing a similar quota on music streaming services. A range of questions arise out of this issue. How could a content quota system be applied to streaming services? Are quotas the right regulatory tool for pursuing local content strategies or is there a better way to regulate across radio and other audio media services? Should a quota system be applied to podcast aggregation platforms?

Local content remains an important regulatory concern. Technology and content consumption behaviour change has created a major challenge to existing regulatory systems. Further research on this topic would be of great benefit to a number of stakeholders, including regulatory agencies, broadcasters, podcast aggregators, podcast producers, and the music industry.

(2) Podcasting and radio crossovers

What are we to make of the fact that more and more radio programs are simply being repackaged, with very few changes, as podcasts? How does this complicate some of the central arguments about the uniqueness of the podcast medium, such as those made by Martin Spinelli and Lance Dann in their 2019 book Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution? Many specific podcasting characteristics (particularly those that deal with tone, attachment and engagement) seem to be feeding back into the way many non-current-events radio programs are being made. In simpler terms: “radio” is coming to sound more “podcast”?

Understanding more about the extent and impact of the crossover of radio and podcasting creative practice would be of benefit to broadcasters and podcast producers and also to media industry educators.

Note: This topic is derived from the “new sets of questions and further research opportunities” identified by Martin Spinelli and Lance Dann in the Afterword of Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution.

(3) New arbiters of quality? Podcasting and audio arts criticism

What, if any, are the future alternatives to Apple’s de facto role as podcasting’s tastemaker? Spinelli and Dann (2019) note that podcast review programs (that exist only to review and promote other podcasts) have recently been developed by virtually every English-language national public broadcaster. The question is whether this is an effort by public broadcasters to reclaim for themselves the position of arbiters of “quality” media, or whether this phenomenon is simply an organic answer to Johanna Zorn’s plea for a broader and deeper culture of well-defined audio arts criticism?

Understanding changes to the podcast tastemaking landscape will be of interest to podcast producers, podcast aggregators, public service media organisations and others.

Note: This topic is derived from the “new sets of questions and further research opportunities” identified by Martin Spinelli and Lance Dann in the Afterword of Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution.