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You've Gotta Start Somewhere


Waleed Aly

You've Gotta Start Somewhere

Welcome to episode fifteen of You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere (#YGSS).

In this episode journalist, lawyer, academic and host of The Project, Waleed Aly talks about what it was like being a Year 6 radio star, how saying “yes” to everything has been instrumental in his success and why the media’s tendency to ‘perform’ opinions is dumbing down the collective conversation.

See below for a full rundown of the episode…

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Show Rundown

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In this episode, host of The Project, Waleed Aly talks about…

02:42 … whether he ever dreamed of a career in media

03:00 … creating a newspaper for his street when he was a kid

04:46 … his first radio gig…in Year 6

09:17 … what it’s like to go back to your old school

09:57 … why he doesn’t like the limelight

12:30 … his love of print media and his childhood obsession with newspapers

15:43 … the disconnect between journalism and media practice

17:27 … why you should believe what you say when you’re a broadcaster

19:37 … why television is an inauthentic medium

20:25 … becoming part of the story when you’re a TV host

21:11 … the extra weight you get when you’re on TV

22:09 … his first step into media

22:30 … how he transferred from law to print

22:50 … how going to a Richmond training session on the day of September 11 changed his life

27:33 … his relationship with his mentor, Martin Flanagan

27:58 … how being a lawyer has helped his writing

29:50 … the process of becoming a better writer

30:26 … the excitement of the first time you’re published in a newspaper

32:13 … his tendency to keep whole papers instead of articles

33:32 … his mum’s love of hoarding his articles

36:48 … why writing is unique to any other medium

38:53 … how he got his first piece published in The Age

40:52 … his ridiculous after hours work routine

43:30 … the New York Times and how it’s different from Australian papers

43:59 … how he got into radio

47:36 … his first ever solo radio shift

48:50 … how the law has helped him when he’s faced with something unfamiliar

53:26 … the frustration of media that shouts at people and what he’s trying to do when he’s giving his opinion

54:03 … the joy of having your mind changed and why that doesn’t make good television

55:05 … not having the luxury of time to flesh out an idea on TV

56:23 … the moment he knew he wanted to leave the law

01:00:02 … his first time on The Project

01:01:22 … his first time hosting The Project and why it came as a surprise

01:04:00 … taking over the hosting chair from Charlie Pickering

01:05:39 … how fate has played a part in his career

01:06:30 … why, for him, being a writer had nothing to do with being read

01:07:53 … the weird moment when you see people reading your work

01:09:21 … the best and the worst thing about the industry

01:09:37 … why people were surprised he moved from the ABC to The Project

01:11:06 … why he hates being a part of the story

The final five…

01:12:51 … his biggest regret

01:13:56 … his dream gig

01:15:44 … his book idea

01:16:46 … why the media is responsible for Donald Trump becoming President

01:18:41 … what would he be doing if he wasn’t in media

01:19:46 … his advice for people wanting to get into the business


 

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