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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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Richard Aedy

ABC RN, The Media Report
Presenter

@richardaedy

Richard Aedy has worked as reporter, producer, executive producer and presenter in Australia and overseas. He has covered crime, aviation, industrial affairs, science, health, technology, education, economics, epidemiology, Indigenous issues, social change and the media. He has made award-winning documentaries in Colombia, East Timor, the United States and the UK. After more than 20 years, he remains interested in everything. Richard is a former Reuters Foundation Fellow at Oxford, former presenter of The Buzz and he presented Life Matters from 2006 to 2012. Richard also presents the weekly one-on-one interview program Sunday Profile on ABC Radio National and ABC Local Radio. He is a lifelong media junkie.

Richard Aedy in six words: Curious broadcaster. Thoughtful questioner. Brilliant listener.

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

Did a degree in molecular biology/zoology and thought I was going to be a scientist. Only decided not to proceed down that road with a few months to go on my degree. Took a year to work out it would be journalism. Did a diploma at the Auckland Technical Institute (as was – now of course it’s the Auckland Technology University) which made me not totally useless in a print newsroom. About halfway through Radio New Zealand tested everyone’s voices and mine was one they thought might have some potential. Not long afterwards we went to a radio newsroom and I was hooked. Four years in NZ, then travel, four years at the BBC in London (making science programs) before coming home to the ABC. Been at RN since 1998.

Something or someone I’m inspired by is …

John Pilger when I started, though I don’t see the word in the same terms now. I’m old enough to remember Paul Murphy doing PM – loved the way he could find different ways through an interview to get answers. These days, I’m liking what Ezra Klein and the crew are doing at Vox.

A kind of innovation that excites me is …

Vox (see above), ViceGimlet MediaStoryful are all terrific. I’m a fan of making good data journalism intuitively understandable with simple graphics – like the work of Edmund Tadros at the Fin. And have to shout to RN’s Online team – Laura, Alex and the team are really making a difference.

Other storytellers I admire are …

All the good investigative journos. Some years ago I had an unhappy few months at Radio 4 discovering that I was not one – didn’t have the temperament for it, so I very much admire those who do. Kate McClymont, Hedley Thomas, Nick McKenzie & Richard Baker, the Four Corners reporters, Ross Coulthart – they’re terrific.

Also, I love the brilliance of audio storytelling by the likes of Radiolab and This American Life. And the wonderful craft of cameramen like Louie Eroglu and Dave Martin.

I would advise my 15-year-old self …

To work harder at school (I have a 15-year-old son) and learn languages (that let you see the world differently).