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RDR PEER REVIEW

The RDR reviewing stream has a dual purpose. First, it is a site for rigorous critique of the audio documentary genre, where critical theory can evolve out of expert analysis. Second, it is a forum for authoritative peer review, through which a clear set of guidelines can be created to define production and research excellence in this under-researched field. Reviewers will be highly credentialled in their field: as academics, they will have well regarded scholarly publications; as industry professionals, they will demonstrate significant understanding of the form; as practitioners, they will have received international commendations for their output. Anyone qualified as above may apply to join the RDR Reviewer Panel. PhD candidates may also apply for mentored reviewing.

SELECTION PROCESS:

RDR Board members nominate a documentary/podcast/feature to one Longlist per issue.

A quorum of the full RDR International Board will vote on the Longlist to select a shortlist of works for review. A further documentary will occasionally feature as a 'Historical Spotlight'. The Editorial Board will appoint reviewers.

DOCUMENTARY SUBMISSION CRITERIA:

1. The documentary must have been EITHER

 (a) broadcast on a national broadcaster

OR

 (b) podcast on an established online forum AND endorsed by a credentialled broadcaster (an individual who meets RDR reviewer standards).

2. It must be in English, OR have an English voiceover or transcript.

3. To qualify as long-form, it must be more than 15 minutes and less than 60.

4. Documentaries which have won or been shortlisted for the following competitions and which meet the above conditions are automatically eligible to be considered for review:

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Awards (radio documentary)
New York Radio Festival (information/documentary)
Peabody Awards (USA)
Prix Europa (radio documentary)
Prix Italia (radio documentary)
Third Coast Audio International Competition (USA)
ÅKE BLOMSTRÖM AWARD (International Features Conference)
Walkley Awards (Australia - Radio/Audio Journalism)

DOCUMENTARY SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:

1. Upload a copy to https://soundcloud.com/radiodocreview

Make setting downloadable for private users as follows: editor ,

2. Provide the following metadata:

Date, time, network of first broadcast, program duration.
Production team details
Synopis or Intro sheet.
Was there any impact as a result of the program?

RDR REVIEWER PANEL: APPLICATION TO JOIN

To be eligible, you must demonstrate that you are qualified in one of the following areas:

(1) Academic: provide publication details of scholarly articles you have authored which address radio documentary studies

(2) Practitioners: provide details of international or eminent national commendations you have received for your output, and nominate one broadcast work that can be listened to online.

(3) Industry Professionals: describe your role as a broadcast industry professional and the insight it has given you into the radio documentary form

Address applications as follows. Subject: RDR Reviewer Application, and email to RDR Editor > <

REVIEWER GUIDELINES:

Reviewers are invited to address the following criteria:

1. STORYTELLING STRENGTH
(how compelling is the story, storyline)

2. ORIGINALITY AND INNOVATION

3. AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT
(how does it pull audience in and connect with audience)

4. RESEARCH AND REPORTING
(depth, breadth, and accuracy of knowledge accessed)

5. COMPLEXITY OF INFORMATION AND PORTRAYALS
(interplay between content/research and form/audio medium)

6. EMOTIVENESS AND EMPATHY
(identification with talent/characters, affect, evokes visceral response)

7. CRAFT AND ARTISTRY
(use of sound, mix of sound, scripting, pacing)

8. ETHICAL PRACTICE
(fair, honest and considerate treatment of topics and talent)

9. PUBLIC BENEFIT
(contribution to store of knowledge)

10. IMPACT
(evidence of merit, e.g. awards or other forms of formal recognition; evidence of changes in public attitudes, policy; audience feedback; professional feedback)

ARTICLE SUBMISSION:

Besides commissioned reviews and invited articles, RDR will accept scholarly articles and/or general essays on themes related to the audio documentary. Reflective essays on the production process, on editorial or ethical considerations, or on technical or creative innovations will be considered. Articles that canvass the tension between industry /production priorities and academic/research fields are also welcome.

Length of contributions is generally 1,500–3,000 words for reviews, 4000–6000 words for scholarly articles, 2000-4,000 words for essays. Please submit a brief abstract (summary) and keywords. See formatting instructions. The author should own the copyright to the work being submitted. The author agrees that any subsequent publication of the same material will acknowledge its first publication in RDR.

REFEREE PROCESS:

All written submissions will be reviewed by the editor and associate editors.

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF RADIO DOCUMENTARY:

RDR will host a bibliography of excellent articles that address the audio documentary form. Articles can be scholarly or published in mainstream outlets.

Please submit your article to be considered for inclusion, to: RDR Editor > <

FORMATTING:

Font: Calibri 12 point for body text, titles and footnotes.

Document should be space and a half. Italics for audio program. titles

Referencing style:

Follow current Harvard style – parenthetical documentation and a list of Works Cited. A useful style guide for Harvard is available at http://sydney.edu.au/library/subjects/downloads/citation/Harvard_Complete.pdf

Images

Images are welcome and should be supplied separately in .jpg format and fully captioned with permissions noted.