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Storyology is Australia’s premier festival of media and storytelling. Register and see the full site at walkleys.com/storyology15/. Bookmark the mobile site at storyology15.sched.org/mobile. And follow the conversation on Twitter at #Storyology.

Program updates for Friday: 
- Sydney Morning Herald’s innovation editor, Stephen Hutcheon, is replacing Conal Hanna on the Tiny screen, big disruption: Mobile-first strategies, and Amy O’Leary will not be appearing.
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Ian Walker

ABC Radio First Run
Executive producer
@thatsmrwalker2u

Ian Walker is executive producer of First Run, ABC’s digital-first podcast project. In a media career spanning 35 years, Ian has worked as a newspaper reporter, Triple J newsreader and in various senior editorial roles across different platforms at ABC. He has made award-winning TV documentaries and produced numerous radio features for Radio National. His writing has appeared in magazines, online and in two books. He likes busking with his ukulele, walking the dog and making mix tapes. This is the best job he’s ever had.

 

Tell us a bit about you. How did you get to where you are today? What led you to become a storyteller?

Watching A Current Affair when Mike Willesee nailed the dodgy vacuum cleaner salesman. Spectacular tabloid TV journalism. (Probably before you were born.) Ruined for life.

A career moment I’m proud of is …

The tv documentary I, Psychopath when, hubristically, I decided I needed to know what it was like to hang out up close and personal with a corporate psychopath. He won, I nearly went mad. The film won a spot at the “Cannes” of TV doco festivals in Amsterdam.

Something or someone I’m inspired by is …

Music. Every day. More necessary than oxygen.

The time/place I’m most creative is …

Asleep. Around 4.30am.

A kind of innovation that excites me is …

The oldest idea flipped via technology to seem brand new. Like listening to the wireless on your smartphone. Podcasts are the new black.

Other storytellers I admire are …

Werner Herzog, Dr Seuss, Michael Stipe, Naomi Wolf.

I would advise my 15-year-old self …

To ditch the fringe and practice guitar more.

At Storyology I can’t wait to share …

My vegemite sandwich with someone who can swap for something more exotic.

The Storyology session I’m looking forward to is …

The one just before lunch.