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Podcast: The Get #6 – Adam Dudding on why not to tell your editor when you’ve got a good story

The Spinoff and Barkers are proud to present a new seven-part podcast series: The Get. Each week Canon award winning journalist Naomi Arnold will interview some of New Zealand’s best feature writers and news journalists about how they hunted down the biggest stories of their careers.

“On a given week, from time to time, I think well, it’s not bad for one’s career to have the occasional click in these rather terrifying media times. So children’s author one week, sure, but I’d be quite happy to do a TV [person] the next week because a) they’re of interest, b) they’re going to get shitloads of clicks.”

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Left: Adam Dudding, Right: Naomi Arnold

Adam Dudding is a senior reporter for Fairfax Media. His previous jobs include Sunday Star-Times news editor, Guardian sub-editor and double-glazing salesman. He lives in Auckland with his wife and two children. Here he talks about how he finds stories, why he doesn’t tell his editors when he’s got a good one.

You can listen to or download this episode of The Get by using the player below or by subscribing through iTunes.

Stories by Adam mentioned in this podcast:
The babies too keen to come into this world, The Sunday Star-Times, January 2015.
Lifejacket required, The Sunday Star-Times, September 2013
Dionne smiles through breast cancer, The Sunday Star-Times, May 2014
Sex worker stands up to overbearing boss, The Sunday Star-Times, December 2014
The killing of Rosemaree Kurth, The Sunday Star-Times, September 2012
She’s hooked on storytelling, The Sunday Star-Times, October 2010
Learning to sing again after a brush with death, Sunday Star-Times, January 2016
Adam’s also written his first book, My Father’s Island: a Family Memoir, which will be published by Victoria University Press in November.

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