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.

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 organisation called 'Thread Together'. Among the thousands of messages of support and offers of assistance I received in those first horrible few...

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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 there's something about you that makes you a bit different. Perhaps you've seen someone with Tourette's Syndrome at the shops? Did you think they...

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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 band Icehouse, and as a composer for film and theatre. It was a privilege to produce this radio special in 2014. The Interview The number one song...

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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 experiences that enrich your life in some way are a greater source of happiness than the latest gadget or iThing. Don’t get me wrong, gadgets and...

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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 seriously interesting in baking. In Sydney for the SMH Good Food Month, Melbourne-born Dan regularly visits family in Australia and was a judge...

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Newcastle Walking Tours

Some very clever and lovely Novocastrians have created a series of fabulous, self-guided walks around the city. These have been prepared and written by David Hampton, one of the splendid people who make Newcastle Museum amazing. The audio of the walks has been...

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Newcastle Shoreline Walk

Free printed maps are available at the Newcastle Museum or the Visitor Information Centre located at the Maritime Centre both located in the Honeysuckle precinct.   Heavy Walk - 3hr / 3.2km Explore Newcastle’s maritime and surf culture through a self-guided...

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Newcastle Architecture Walk

Free printed maps are available at the Newcastle Museum or the Visitor Information Centre located at the Maritime Centre both located in the Honeysuckle precinct. Newcastle Architecture Walking Tour Easy Walk - 1hr 30mins / 2.2km Explore Newcastle's Architectural...

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Working through 2015

  2015 has been an interesting year and, fortunately, most of it has been OK. Not easy, but OK. The hundreds of redundancies forced upon my colleagues at the ABC have been a shock to a lot of people and very difficult for some. Losing your job is incredibly...

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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 pissed off with your timing. During my many years with the ABC I strived to ensure that whilst my humanity was always on show, my voting...

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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 deliver the annual Harry Boyle Memorial Lecture for the National Trust. Tom served during WWII and witnessed the bombing of Hiroshima. He was a...

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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 he's part of. The Midnight Oil drummer and songwriter celebrates his new songs with an unexpected collaboration with his artist daughter, Gabriella...

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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 their peers in reading and maths by the time they're 15 years of age. But this doesn't have to be the case. HSC completion rates in lower...

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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, about music and words and prose and work and Chisel and just about anything else you choose to throw at him. He speaks slowly, deliberately, and...

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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. I took the opportunity to try and bust a few myths about being a Muslim woman by asking a group of them to tell their own stories over vast quantities...

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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 think that's a choice we have to make daily. Choosing happiness and choosing positivity is something that you have to make a priority. For me,...

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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 age. Having been back in Scotland now for the last 13 years, Eddi says she's had to make the effort to learn about what the deal that created...

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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 butcher's store and I think it was through the 1970s in Australia that it started to change. In the US, people were trying to find out why heart...

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James Reyne

James Reyne has an enviable career in the Australian music industry - first appearing on ABC TV's Countdown in 1979 with both of his arms in plaster after being hit by a car in Melbourne. Australian Crawl held court around Australia's pub rock scene for just seven...

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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 of them were 'ten pound Poms'. Joe Camilleri says he was a five-pounder, but not a Pom, "We came on the five-pound scheme from Malta. There was...

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Jerome Rugaruza – Australian

I've been fortunate enough to interview Jerome Rugaruza on several occasions. Jerome arrived in Newcastle in 2009 after spending years in refugee camps after fleeing his home in a rural Congolese village. In 2011, he was reunited with his wife, Imaculee, and their...

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The Birdwood Flag

Gionni Di Gravio, archivist from the University of Newcastle describes the Birdwood Flag as a 'big bag of confetti'. "It's a bit of a shock when you first see it, but it's thanks to Bronwyn Orrock that we knew about the Birdwood Flag. We knew of its existence but we'd...

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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 open the door! Don't open the door!" He looked at me, I turned toward the source of the click and realised that one of the theatre staff had opened...

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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 through the year by such gems as Michael Jackson 'Don't Stop Til You Get Enough', The Village People 'You Can't Stop The Music', Split Enz 'I Got...

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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 a roots and blues album." "I chose Australian history because I’ve always loved any type of history. You’d think the two kisses of death for a...

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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 need to open their minds. Australian cook and restaurateur Kylie Kwong already serves insects in her Sydney restaurant. "It's just so exciting, I've...

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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 now translating her experience in culturally appropriate education to helping support Aboriginal people who are survivors of child trauma and...

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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.