“It might be a week or even a couple of weeks where you’re on the outside looking in - and then one morning you’re on the inside and the story is your familiar. You’re intimate with the subject matter at that point and it’s a complete shift; you’re now working inside the thing. That’s a great feeling, but it’s only time that gives you that change. That for me is where the excitement is, because then the unexpected happens."

Kennedy Warne, 59, started in publishing in 1980 at the newly launched Hauraki Herald newspaper in Thames. After stints in advertising and PR, he co-founded New Zealand Geographic in 1988 with John Woods, serving as editor for 15 years. He is now a freelance writer for New Zealand Geographic and National Geographic, and has a fortnightly spot on RNZ's Nine to Noon show, discussing adventure, the outdoors and environmental matters. His books include Let Them Eat Shrimp, a book on the world's disappearing mangrove forests, and Tuhoe: Portrait of Nation, with photographer Peter Quinn. He lives in Auckland. Here he talks about inspirations, frustrations, the importance of place in writing, how running helps his writing, and the feature writing landscape today.

Links:

That sinking feeling, New Zealand Geographic, Nov/Dec 2004

Check out more work at www.kennedywarne.com
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“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.”
Adam Dudding, 45, is a senior reporter for Fairfax Media. His previous jobs include Sunday Star-Times news editor, Guardian sub-editor and double-glazing salesman. He is 45, 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, and how he wrote his first book, My Father's Island: a Family Memoir, which will be published by Victoria University Press in November.
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
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Anthony Byrt, 37, is an award-winning critic and journalist. He writes regularly for Metro, and also contributes to Artforum International, one of the world's leading contemporary art magazines. In 2013 he was the Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, and in 2015 he was New Zealand's Reviewer of the Year at the Canon Media Awards. He lives in Auckland with his wife and son. Here he tells us about his early writing days in London, his upcoming book This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art (published by Auckland University Press this September) and making a living as a freelance art writer. 
Follow him on Twitter: @AnthonyByrt
Stories mentioned in this podcast:
The Bad and the BeautifulThe Listener, May 2005
Deeper WaterThe Listener, May 2006
Anthony’s Art City columns for Metro
The Joy of X: Behind the Scenes at X Factor (by Greg Bruce), Metro, March 2013
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“They are the stories I find endearing - mavericks, people who live and die by their own rules ... I like to write these stories and remind people you don’t have to go to uni, get the job, get the mortgage - you can have a very rich and meaningful life doing things the way you feel is right."
Ben Stanley, 32, is an award-winning freelance journalist and editor of Vice Sports NZ. A former Waikato Times and Sunday Star-Times reporter, he hails form Taupo but since 2014 has been mostly living and writing abroad. He won Canon Media Awards for sports feature writing in 2012, 2013 and 2015, and his passions are long-form sports features, profile writing, and Nick Cave's music. Here he talks about his fascination with the American South, interviewing New Zealand’s only Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, the perils of freelancing and his reluctant acceptance of social media (including Twitter: @benstanleynz)
Links to stories mentioned in this podcast:
Talent lurks in unexpected places, The Waikato Times, March 2011
Eight hours on the stand, The Waikato Times, January 2011
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“I love the reporting part. I love just being on the street and talking to people, I love that so much. And I still get completely blown away that you can knock on a stranger's door and they'll answer it and speak to you, I just find that so crazy. And it really moves me when people open up."

After four years as an award winning feature writer at the Waikato Times, Aimie Cronin went freelance last year. Her work has been published in Metro, Sunday Magazine, North & South and the New Zealand Listener. She writes a weekly column for Stuff Entertainment and is editor in residence at Wintec journalism school. Here she talks about some of her latest stories, leaving the Waikato Times, making freelancing work financially, going viral, what she loves about her job, and conquering her fear of the blank page.  

Follow her on Twitter: @AimoCronin

Stories:

The truck stops here, New Zealand Listener, February 2016 

In God’s name: What makes Catholic schools so successful? Metro, July 2015 (not online)

High anxiety: Conquering a fear of flying, Sunday, August 2015

A lifetime of sleepless nights, Sunday, February 2016
Mean girls: Inside the world of childhood friendships, Sunday, March 2016

The sandwich makers of Old Farm Rd, The Waikato Times, October 2014

The slums of Jebson Place, The Waikato Times, November 2014
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“You can have a really cool life in this career - I have, anyway. And no-one ever said that [when I was] studying.”
Don Rowe, 22, is an Auckland-based freelancer and staff feature writer at The Spinoff. He’s had his work published in 1972ManaNew Zealand Geographic, Sky Sport, and Metro, and was Student Journalist of the Year at the Canon Media Awards in 2014. He was also awarded Best Sentence at the Wintec Press Club in 2015. See more of his work at http://thespinoff.co.nz/author/don-rowe/ and https://donrowe.wordpress.com/, and find him on Twitter at @Don_Rowe. 
Stories mentioned in this podcast:
The Big Te Huna (Sky Sport)

In the Province of the Mind (1972)

The Reel Deal (New Zealand Geographic)

Massacre at Featherson (New Zealand Geographic)
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For the first episode of The Get Naomi talks to NZ Herald feature writer Kim Knight. Kim's been a writer for more than 25 years and in that time delivered a whole range of stories from the tragedy of the Pike River Mine disaster to the issue of food poverty to the story of the painter who found a dead body next to his house. In this interview Kim talks about the doggedness and curiosity needed to get the trust of your subjects, the role of the editor in modern journalism and how to write a bloody great first line.  

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