Open Mic Grand Jury Spotlight: Paul Bushnell

New York Festivals Grand Jury are some of the best and brightest in the radio industry and the brilliant creative minds who judge the 2019 NYF Radio Awards. These award-winning directors, producers, journalists, writers, actors, creative directors, composers, on-air talent, and programming executives are all actively involved in creating today’s innovative radio content.

Open Mic Spotlight spends a few minutes each week with NYF’s respected Grand Jury members and each NYF Spotlight interview shares the insights of these esteemed content creators from the wonderful world of radio.

Paul Bushnell, Auckland Manager for Radio New Zealand

This week we shine the spotlight on New York Festivals Radio Awards Grand Jury member, Paul Bushnell. Paul is an experienced  documentary and feature producer with many years’ experience in judging international radio award competitions. He is Auckland Manager for Radio New Zealand, the country’s public broadcaster.

New York Festivals: What qualities are most important in award-winning work?

Paul Bushnell: Creating content which grabs the attention of the listeners and doesn’t allow them to let go. This could be because of superb storytelling, exemplary technique, but is most likely to be because of a sense of deep connection between what’s offered and the audience. A rawly-expressed emotion, or the unfolding of a complex situation or exposing of a mystery. Programmes which focus on the human, the particular, the individual, are always more powerful than those which look at the distant horizon. And in fact really complex stories are best viewed through the lens of the individual experience.

New York Festivals: How do you think content creators will change the way they tell stories in the future?

Paul Bushnell: As their multimedia skills are pushed ever more, they need to deepen their skills in the particular techniques and styles which make each medium unique. They should take advantage of the richness and depth of audio available online to learn from the great work of others in the industry round the world.

New York Festivals: What advice do you have for young people just beginning a career in the industry?

Paul Bushnell: Explore. Expose. Follow your instinct. Don’t be fobbed off by official blandishments or the vacuousness and self-serving nature of the language of those in power. Remain skeptical. Be honest when you have doubts. Don’t be cynical. Remain capable of surprise and delight.

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