ABC Radio National announces TOP 5 media residency recipients

The ABC has shared the details of this year’s ABC TOP 5 media residencies, giving a number of early-career scholars access to a residency with ABC Radio National to hone their communication skills.

Held in partnership with the University of Melbourne and the Australia Council for the Arts, the program, now in its seventh year, will allow for an emerging generation of scholars to share their knowledge and expertise with audiences on the ABC’s airwaves.

Chosen from almost 400 applicants from Arts, Humanities and Science streams, each of this year’s five recipients will undertake a two-week online allotment with ABC Radio National, learning how to develop content across radio and digital platforms and communicate technical stories to a broad audience.

This year’s TOP 5 intake is also the most diverse the program has ever seen, with recipients coming from across six states and territories and over half identifying as female.

The recipients are experts in fields across the likes of acoustic ecology and working-class musical practices, First Nations literature, the 19th-Century Australian anti-slavery movement, snake venom function, ultra-high precision space-to-ground laser links and the use of technology to build a fairer legal system. The residences will help the experts learn to share their skills with the nation.

ABC Radio National’s manager Cath Dwyer celebrated this year’s ABC TOP 5 residency recipients and highlighted the program’s role in supporting Australian academics during the pandemic.

“The university and arts sectors fulfil a vital role in Australian society and have faced difficult times over the past 18 months,” Dwyer said.

“We’ve been very pleased to see the passion of our best and brightest for bringing their knowledge and research to a broader audience.

“Each year we get outstanding applicants for the ABC TOP 5 residencies and 2021 is no exception. It’s also a great opportunity for the ABC to access extraordinary stories and talent and cement our important relationships with three of Australia’s leading tertiary institutions.”

The ABC TOP 5 Science residencies will run online from August 23 to September 3, with the Arts running from September 27 to October 8 and the Humanities residencies being scheduled for October 25 to November 5.

A full list of TOP 5 residency recipients can be viewed via the ABC’s website.

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