Audrey Galvin, 2016 Grand Jury Member/Independent, Ireland
New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards Grand Jury Confidential series profiles NYF’s award-winning Grand Jury members.These award-winning producers, directors and hosts are recruited from all facets of the radio industry to select the World’s Best Radio Programs℠. This week, as the Radio Program Awards 2016 Grand Jury judges this year’s entries from around the globe, NYF takes a few moments to connect with 2016 Grand Jury member, Audrey Galvin, Journalist, Lecturer, and Radio Documentary Producer.
In the interview below, Audrey shares early influences that shaped her career, her advice on working in the radio industry, lessons she’s learned throughout her career and the qualities of award-winning work.
New York Festivals: Who or what were your early influences in your career?
Audrey Galvin: I have been fortunate enough to have many people who have influenced and continue to influence my career, both as a journalist and a radio documentary maker. The earliest influences have certainly been my colleagues and other media practitioners, listening to their content, how they crafted their work, treated the subject matter that they were working with and most importantly how they told the stories that they did. Secondly, the people who make this content as compelling as it is are an instrumental influence on me, and I think always will be, their courage and honesty in telling their stories have impacted on my role as a practitioner.
New York Festivals: What qualities are the most important to have?
Audrey Galvin: The most important quality is to treat others how you would like to be treated or how you would like someone close to you to be treated in researching, producing your content and indeed in editing the content. We are all working in the media, a space that is intimidating and daunting for many, and indeed a space that is not trusted by many. I strongly believe in everyone’s right to say no or not answer a particular question. As a documentary maker, its our role to elicit as true and honest a picture of the story, to weave a narrative that is reflective of the experience that we are trying to show the audience and so if there are barriers to that then we need to work around that. Sometimes silence tells its own story!
New York Festivals: Tell us a bit about your evolution in the radio industry?
Audrey Galvin: I began working as a broadcast journalist 14 years ago covering news, politics, courts with Radio Kerry. I then worked as the Deputy News Editor at the station. In the past six years I began to look at other ways to tell a story, the personal experience and so started working on radio documentaries. I also did my Masters in Creative Media and explored further the people’s lived experience of what its like living with an acquired brain injury. Subsequently I am now undertaking my PhD on ethics in the media, whilst continuing to work as a journalist and a radio documentary maker.
New York Festivals: What are the hallmarks of award-winning radio programs?
Audrey Galvin: I think everyone will have a different answer to this question. For me as a journalist, the story has always been number one. Throughout the course of my career, I have realised that the simplest stories can be the most powerful. Human honesty is powerful and can really connect with the listener.
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