Carol Duncan

Journalist | Multimedia Producer

Helping you create great content and hold important conversations

Helping you tell your corporate or personal story
Creating great content for your website and social platforms

Engage with your audiences and consumers to inspire, inform and encourage – then take it to them where THEY are.

Content production in text, video and audio

Website management

Social media management

MC and facilitation

Communications strategy

Who I’ve worked with.

Nigel Westlake – Smugglers of Light

In 2008, Australian composer Nigel Westlake's son, Eli, was killed in a tragic road rage incident. With the support of his family, and his son's friends, Nigel used his love for his son to establish a music and film program to support young indigenous Australians. In...

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Liz Mullinar – survivor of child abuse

Re-post: First published 23 May 2010. It means a great deal to me that I still receive correspondence from people about this story. With the NSW Special Commission and Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse I thought it might be timely...

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Malcolm Turnbull. Or, too much fun.

On the eve of Malcolm Turnbull's visit to Newcastle, the New Zealand parliament voted to redefine marriage as a union between two people, becoming the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so. It's one of the great privileges of my job that I get to run...

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Immunisation and a preventable cancer

On the Friday night before Christmas 2012, I spent six hours in an operating theatre with a dearly loved friend. The only time I'd ever been conscious in an operating theatre was during the caesarean births of  my sons. When someone tells you something like "I have...

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John Schumann on writing an icon

When it comes to Anzac Day, Australian singer/songwriter JohnSchumann says, "There could be a hundred of me and there still wouldn't be enough to go around!" referring to the huge success of his 1983 song, 'I Was Only 19'. I first met John when I started working for...

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Patricia Feenan. Accidental activist.

When senior NSW Police Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox told ABC TV's Lateline programme that the Catholic Church had covered up crimes by paedophile priests, silenced investigations and destroyed evidence to avoid prosecution - the public outrage triggered a Royal...

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War letters

My uncle brought them home from Borneo during WWII - we think. He spent time in New Guinea, Malaya and North Borneo with Water Transport providing supplies. I understand it is an older script and have had some attempts at having it translated previously as, ideally,...

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Norwegian Wood – a story of cancer

  And when I awoke, I was alone this bird had flown.   My much-loved friend has throat cancer. No, he is not a smoker. I was by his side for six hours of complex surgery. Literally. Most meaningful and wonderful thing I have ever done. It was a privilege to...

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Ben Gillies. Life after Silverchair.

Daniel Johns, Chris Joannou and Ben Gillies were just kids doing work experience at a Newcastle radio station when I first met them nearly 20 years ago. Those three boys have gone on to become strong and confident men and wonderful musicians - collectively and...

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Bikers Against Child Abuse

Imagine being a child who has to testify in court, give evidence, against an adult who has abused you, sexually or otherwise. An adult you have trusted. An adult you have loved. This adult has also abused you, perhaps sexually, they might have threatened you, told you...

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Rob Hirst. Midnight Oil, The Break.

  Midnight Oil have had a stellar career from their beginning as 'Farm' in 1972, changing their name in 1976. With 11 studio albums and 2 EPs worth of musical meanderings, I spoke with the band's drummer and songwriter, Rob Hirst, on the eve of the launch of...

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Rory Steyn – Mandela's bodyguard

Rory Steyn has had a unique career, to say the least. After rising through the ranks of the South African police force, Rory ended up chief of security and personal bodyguard of Nelson Mandela. What Rory learnt from the man, once seen as a terrorist by South African...

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John Paul Young

In 2012, John Paul Young is celebrating 40 years in the Australian music industry with both a solo tour and another turn in the massive Long Way To The Top concert production. John Paul Young was the child of one of the wave of British families that emigrated to...

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Inspiration

Today I saw something wonderful. And unexpected. My kids know about real food. Fresh food. They don't think cakes come from packet mix because mum says if you're going to have chocolate cake, have a real one. They know how to make dumplings. They've had chooks in...

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I admit it. I don’t understand…

... child abuse. I understand frustration, annoyance, exhaustion, exasperation, fear ... but I do not understand it when children are intentionally harmed or intentionally placed in danger.  Nor do I understand how sometimes people stand by and let it happen - KNOWING...

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My love. My motivation. My heartache.

Maroussia.  The perfume.  Russian.  Cheap.  Strong.  Not bad if you're into cheap, strong Russians.  (Ahem.  My husband is half-Russian ... ) What's that got to do with the rather graphic photograph of my youngest son? It's one of my strongest memories of this...

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Honour

Social media makes the world smaller.  And it makes my life richer.  Because I have conversations (sometimes only in 140 characters!) with people from around the world who are generous, warm people who share the stories of their lives - the happy, the sad, the...

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Michael Kirby

Why do I like the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG so much?  I've thought hard about this, and there are a whole host of reasons ... his outspoken nature, his dissent, his passion for human rights, gay rights, support of arts, his warmth and humour ... the funny thing is that...

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Why I Love My Job #2

Here's another reason I love my job.  It is the third anniversary of the June 2007 long weekend storm, a tempest that left us with an 80,000 tonne coal carrier on one of Newcastle's main beaches.  The coast around the city beaches is littered with shipwrecks, the...

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Why I Love My Job

Sometimes I don't.  Mostly I do. It's a funny thing - making people talk, tell me stories, things that perhaps they're happy to tell me, sometimes they're not. I love feeling like I've made a difference.  Or at least tried to. I hate the criticism that can sometimes...

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My Mother Hated Swimming

So why she wanted her ashes scattered into the sea, I'll never know. But she always used to say ... to all of us ... "I don't want to be buried.  I don't want anyone tied to a place.  Just scatter me off the heads." We used to go to this place a lot, mum and I....

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The Red Shoes

I don't do shoes.  I don't have the shoe gene.  I mean, I like them, but I don't need them.  I have very few. But when my mother died, I decided to wear red shoes to her funeral. My mother was an original.  She never desired to fit in.  She always wanted to be free....

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Thread Together

Prior to the October bushfires in Northern NSW that destroyed my father's home - and 63 others - I hadn't heard of an...

Clean up funding equity desperately needed for bushfire losses

**Update: **The NRMA are going to manage the cleanup for their customers insured affected by the Rappville fires. This is...

Guy Francis | Living With Tourette’s

Imagine being the person that people point and laugh at. Imagine being the person that people might be afraid of because...

Iva Davies has no time for your CD vs vinyl argument

Iva Davies is one of Australia's most accomplished musicians and composers with a career spanning over 30 years with his...

God Only Knows – Brian Wilson

  I’m a firm believer in the adage that experiences are more important than things and that investment in meaningful...

Dan Lepard – Good Food Month

Dan Lepard's 2004 book,  The Handmade Loaf, gained a cult following amongst bakers and remains the 'go to' guide for anyone...

Newcastle Walking Tours

Some very clever and lovely Novocastrians have created a series of fabulous, self-guided walks around the city. These have...

Newcastle Shoreline Walk

Free printed maps are available at the Newcastle Museum or the Visitor Information Centre located at the Maritime Centre...

Newcastle Architecture Walk

Free printed maps are available at the Newcastle Museum or the Visitor Information Centre located at the Maritime Centre...

Working through 2015

  2015 has been an interesting year and, fortunately, most of it has been OK. Not easy, but OK. The hundreds of...

Malcolm Fraser | Change of Heart and Spirit

Damn you, Malcolm Fraser. You've gone and died on us just when we needed you most, but I'm fairly certain you'd be pretty...

Vale Tom Uren – the ‘conscience of Parliament’

Tom Uren lived an incredible life and I had the privilege of speaking with him in 2007 prior to his trip to Maitland to...

Rob Hirst – The Sun Becomes The Sea

  Rob Hirst has a new solo album out - released under his own name instead of one of the innumerable musical units that...

Breaking the poverty cycle with education

Nearly 640,000 Australian children live in a 'jobless' family. These children are, on average, up to three years behind...

Don Walker talks Cold Chisel and other words

Don Walker is a notoriously private man. He just does not talk about the personal stuff. But he does talk about himself,...

Being a Muslim woman in Newcastle

After a recent visit to Newcastle's Mosque I was invited to take my family to the Newcastle Eid al-Adha celebrations....

Megan Washington | Describing a sensation

  Megan Washington says that 'Skyline', one of the tracks on her new album 'There, There' is about 'choosing hope'. "I...

Eddi Reader on Scottish Independence

Scottish musician Eddi Reader has spent decades travelling the world after leaving Scotland for England at just 18 years of...

Fat is flavour

Jennifer McLagan says she grew up eating fat and never realised it was supposed to be bad for her, "We bought lard from the...

James Reyne

James Reyne has an enviable career in the Australian music industry - first appearing on ABC TV's Countdown in 1979 with...

Joe Camilleri

I've had the privilege of interviewing many of Joe Camilleri's Australian music peers and I've often remarked on how many...

Jerome Rugaruza – Australian

I've been fortunate enough to interview Jerome Rugaruza on several occasions. Jerome arrived in Newcastle in 2009 after...

The Birdwood Flag

Gionni Di Gravio, archivist from the University of Newcastle describes the Birdwood Flag as a 'big bag of confetti'. "It's...

Hugh Laurie. Some thoughts on the cult of celebrity.

I heard the click from somewhere behind me, followed by Hugh Laurie suddenly looking a bit pale and sick, "Oh god, don't...

Iva Davies – March 2014

The number one song on the Australian pop music charts in 1980 was The Buggles 'Video Killed The Radio Star', accompanied...

Russell Morris

"This album (Sharkmouth) was done out of a labour of love because I like roots and blues music and I’d always wanted to do...

National Gallery of Australia director visits Newcastle's colonial treasures exhibition

Ron Radford, the director of the National Gallery of Australia, has come to Newcastle to see the Colonial Treasures of the...

Kylie Kwong on insects as food

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation says insects are the food of the future and that Western consumers...

Denise Kelly – Wiradjuri Woman

Denise Kelly is a Wiradjuri woman who has been working with Liz Mullinar's Heal For Life Foundation since 2005. Denise is...

About Me

I’m an award-winning career media professional with nearly 30 years on air on both commercial radio and the ABC across Australia and having created content for local, national and international organisations.

At its heart, great content is a story that shares your meaning, passion and purpose and brings the audience and consumer closer to your brand.

The short version? I love telling stories.

 

Testimonials

I have worked with Carol for a number of years. She is incredibly talented, motivated, encouraging and quick-witted. As a broadcaster, she has a fantastic ability to connect immediately with her audience, whether that be talkback, a forum or engaging on social media.

Carol can shift easily from serious news, such as emergency broadcasting updates or breaking news to entertaining, engaging segments or interviews which are humorous, rewarding and enriching. Her ability as a great communicator has placed her as ideal in her current work, whether it is writing, speaking or facilitating.

Her experience and intellect would be an enormous asset for anyone engaging her services for their business.

Rob McGuinness

Digital Product Manager , Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Many media professionals are professional, a select few become popular, only the really special forge truly personal connections. Over a long and respected career, Carol Duncan has somehow managed to do all three.

Some can speak in a studio, some can deliver a script, others can work a live crowd. Carol does all three. Remarkably, she can also write.

Equally at home in a raw conversation with the mother of a young cancer sufferer, sharing a bawdy laugh with a bunch of business blokes, or penning a contemporary feminist diatribe; she is a unparalleled communicator.

I have worked with Carol alongside a giant cartoon bird at a pro basketball game and I have worked with her preparing incisive questions for Federal Ministers.

A stalwart of traditional media and a pioneer and innovator in the social space, she is a person of rare range and depth.

She is a solution to problems you didn’t even know you had and the communications cut-through you didn’t know you needed.

Hire her before someone else does and it costs you much more. As you can see, I don’t recommend people very often, but I mean it when I do.

Aaron Kearney OAM

Consultant | Managing Director, AKS Media International

The world is a fast paced and slick place to trying to live. As a marketer cutting through the noise to get noticed by the right people in the right way is the biggest challenge.

Carol Duncan has a style of writing that is captivating and compelling. You can not help but be drawn in by the world she creates with her words. There is a certain connectedness that can only be achieved when someone truly writes what they feel. Carol has the ability to make her words leap of the page, grab your attention and keep it.

An amazing person to work with who makes you instantly feel like you have known her for years. If you have something you can use Carol on and you don’t, it is your profound loss.

Gavin Youngman

Founder, Focus Creative

Talk to me to find out how I can help tell your stories, engage your audience and build new ones.