Welcome to the second issue of RadioDoc Review (RDR). The response to Issue 1 has shown that RDR fills a clear gap in knowledge; already the reviews are being used as a university teaching resource, the journal has been cited in scholarly works and most strikingly, RadioDoc Review has forged a bridge between the academy, industry and freelance producers, linking what Professor Tim Crook calls a 'convivencia' of scholars, practitioners and commissioning editors whose focus is high quality radio documentaries and features.
The open access nature of RDR is proving to be a vital element in its success. The journal was chosen to spearhead Open Access week at the Unversity of Wollongong in April 2014, because of its role in helping to democratise knowledge. The selected audio works act as one tier - after all, at one level, you don't even have to be literate to 'get' audio. For those who do wish to go deeper, the insight and expert analysis provided by the reviews help us understand the complexities of the form: the grammar, aesthetics, ethical and editorial challenges that a non-fiction radio story can provoke.