We won the award at the 2018 CBAA Community Radio Awards in the category of “Talks” - This award recognises an outstanding talks or spoken word program. Each entry for this award will be judged on the following criteria: 1. The programming is, interesting, entertaining and engaging. 2. The programming has high quality production values. 3. Program content is informative, relevant and well-researched. 4. Program content presents a new or different perspective on the selected topic.
I have been podcasting since late 2008, mostly self-taught after attending a free course at an Apple store on GarageBand!
Since that time, I have gained formal qualifications in podcasting and radio (progressing to Adobe Audition and ProTools), including teaching the subject at tertiary level since 2016.
I currently contribute to / have created four podcasts, two of which are broadcast on local community radio station RTRFM.
Token Skeptic – Why do we believe weird things? What does feminine intuition really mean? How do you become an effective activist for science and reason? Are you ready for a fortnightly show that poses these questions and more?
Tune into the Token Skeptic for a slightly more skeptical look at stories in the news, urban legends, good science, pseudoscience, and what makes popular culture pop.
Talk the Talk - RTRFM
I've been a contributor to the Talk the Talk podcast on a regular basis since September 2015, with Daniel Midgley and Ben Ainslie.
In addition to the radio segment, I have been the regular Tuesday "The Mag" host on RTRFM, the talks and current affairs show, since 22nd September, 2014. I am also an occasional contributor to other weekly Mag shows when needed, along with "Artbeat", the arts and issues program on Fridays.
A Room Of One's Own - Podcast Series on RTRFM
A Room of One’s Own is a new podcast series on RTRFM hosted by Kylie Sturgess that explores questions of career, culture, class and gender with women from the worlds of art, science, sport, government, business and beyond. It began in November, 2016.
The series takes its name from the Virginia Woolf essay about the need for female spaces in literature. Each episode is centred around the Proust Questionnaire, a series of questions about personality popularised by French writer Marcel Proust.
I created this series with the incredible support of RTRFM Community Radio in Perth, and also made possible by the support of the Department of Local Government and Communities. Music with the kind permission of local artist Rachael Dease.
365 Days of Philosophy - Thinking Every Day In 2017
The 365 Days of Philosophy is an educational show that includes resources, links, exercises and a daily podcast – on the topic of philosophy.
At the site www.365daysofphilosophy.com, the show examines a range of philosophical topics, including logical fallacies, issues, ideas, popular contributors and books - for every day in 2017.
Graphic Design and Social Media
My graphic design portfolio and examples of social media work
365 Days Of Skepticism Mock Up
Mockup of branding for the 2016 "365 Days of Skepticism" site.
365 Days of Skepticism logo
PHASE 2016 - AFTRS Digital Media Event Branding Example
PHASE is an electronic music event hosted by community radio station RTRFM - this is an example of the branding I designed for a hypothetical future PHASE event, as a part of the AFTRS Digital Media course.
Some of the items I've mocked up: badges, promotional mail out, lanyards, CD recording (for content winners), phone app for event times and stationary. The colour scheme and logo is consistent across all items.
PHASE 2016 - AFTRS Digital Media Event - Logo
My PHASE 2016 logo and example of promotional banner / poster
Wine Label - Drop Bear (2014)
As a part of my graphic design course, we were required to research, plan, design and produce a print-ready label for a fictional wine company.
Wine Label - Drop Bear (2014)
White wine mockup
Wine Label - Drop Bear (2014)
Red wine mockup
Instagram And Social Media
I travel nationally (and sometimes internationally!) to interview and photograph - and subsequently Instagram and blog about people and events of all kinds.
You can find more examples on my Instagram at:
Curiouser And Curiouser
Curiouser and Curiouser is a series of interviews and essays that has featured on the Skeptical Inquiry website since 2010.
Yvette Guinevere has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in forensic science. She’s been a chemistry professor, explosives chemist, toxicology chemist, analytical chemist—and has recently taken up running the Science Babe site full time.
In 2012, documentary filmmakers Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom began work on An Honest Liar, a profile of the life of “The Amazing” Randi, as he embarks on a series of public crusades to expose America’s beloved psychics, mentalists, preachers, and faith healers with religious fervor.
The promotion of science and reason is not without its challenges. The British Humanist Association (BHA) and Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) are being sued by the wealthy evangelical preacher and “witch hunter” Helen Ukpabio who has dubbed herself a “Lady Apostle.”
Alom Shaha was born in Bangladesh but grew up in London. A teacher, science writer, and filmmaker, he has spent most of his professional life sharing his passion for science and education with the public.
From cradles to graves, everyone’s a customer – and we have the right not to remain silent. Each week, The Checkout takes a no-holds-barred, irreverent and entertaining approach to explaining and exposing the ways that all of us are being ripped off.
Street magic is nothing new on our television screens. What makes Breaking Magic different is the discussion of scientific concepts and the use of physics, chemistry and psychology in making magic fun and intellectually stimulating.
I'm very fortunate to live in a great part of the world, near Fremantle in Western Australia. I'm also very fortunate that there's proactive people here who are very concerned about vaccination rates—and are willing to try outreach in a number of different ways. For this interview, I talked to Dr. Katie Attwell, of "I Immunise."
Writing and Academia
Current Work - in 2018 I am in the second year of a four-year PhD, involving radio, blended learning and podcasting. It involves looking at the effectiveness of podcasts as a teaching tool at the tertiary level, where there are many other studies being conducted. As this is an ongoing work, and I am still developing my thesis, I can't go into too much detail until I am closer to testing my theories / get more feedback on my plans! However, here's some useful links if you're interested in a similar field. I would also highly recommend checking out the work of Associate Professor Mia Lindgren, the work of Associate Professor Siobhan McHugh, and the work of Dr Simon Order.
2015 - Australian Film, Television and Radio School Diploma in Digital Content (Radio)
2014-5 – Central Institute of Technology Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Design) - incomplete/ongoing
2013 – Central Institute of Technology Certificate III and IV in Screen and Media (Radio)
2008 – 2011 - University of Western Australia Masters of Education - Coursework and Thesis: "Anomalistic Beliefs in Australians: A Rasch Analysis", Graduate School of Education
1994 – 2009 - University of Notre Dame Australia Bachelor of Arts - double majors in Philosophy and English Literature Diploma of Education (Secondary) - majored in English, minors in Media Studies and English as a Second Language Masters of Education - Coursework - Special Learning Needs
Academic Writing, Articles And Books
Bridgstock, Martin; Marais, Ida, Sturgess, Kylie. "The structure of superstitious action – A further analysis of fresh evidence". Personality and Individual Differences 50 (6): 795–798
Sturgess, Kylie. "Smart Bitches, Not Merely Sex", The Open Laboratory: The Best Writing on Science Blogs 2008. (2008). Jennifer Rohn (Ed.)
Sturgess, Kylie (Ed.) "The Young Australian Skeptics Blog Anthology 2011".
Sturgess, Kylie "Atheism 2.0" - The Australian Book of Atheism. Embiggen Books.
Sturgess, Kylie. The Scope of Skepticism - Podblack Books, 2012.
2012 - 2013 - Notre Dame University Australia, Fremantle, W.A Sessional Tutor – Ethics 100 and Philosophy 100
2010 - 2011 – St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, Mosman Park, W.A Teacher of Religious Education (Years 9-12) and Philosophy and Ethics (Year 12)
2008 - 2009 – Curtin University Bentley, W.A Research assistant for remote/rural education PhD project
2001 - 2007 – Methodist Ladies’ College Claremont, W.A English / English as a Second Language Teacher (Years 8 - 12) International Student Coordinator (Admin Role) 2001-2005 Staff Coordinator of School Yearbook (The Collegian & Leavers’ Book) 2004-2006
Berlin – Sixth World Skeptics Congress "Pseudoscience In Education" - May, 2012
University of Western Australia - Token Skepticism: Podcasting Science And Pop Culture : Public talk with Science Podcaster Kylie Sturgess- March, 2013
TEDxPerth - "Superstitions 'Ain't The Way" - October, 2013
In 2014-15 I attained certificates III and IV in Media (Radio Broadcasting) at the Central Institute of Technology and Diploma of Digital Media (Radio) at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
In addition, I've attended the Australian Film, Television and Radio School Open Voice Over, News Radio Fundamentals and Radio Documentaries for Independent Producers courses. I currently teach introductory radio and creative radio at a university in Perth, Western Australia, while completing my PhD in podcasting and education.
Since 2013, I've produced shows and presented at RTRFM 92.1 and 89.7FM Joondalup radio stations, including the series 'Science Sorbet' and regularly hosted Tuesday's current affairs show The Mag.