CRN doco twitter maxThe National Features and Documentary Series aims to encourage storytelling from new and emerging producers around Australia. 

Do you have a great idea for a radio feature but need some help in planning and production? Applications for the 2016 National Features and Documentary Series are open now.

The Series is open to anyone who volunteers at or is employed by an Australian community radio station, and successful applicants will get:

Need some help putting a pitch together?

You can view a recording of our webinar on the pitch process here, view the PDF iconpitching prep slideshow, or read a PDF iconquick guide to pitching a story.

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Check out the features and documentaries produced for the series in 2015 and 2014 below:

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Australian Radio Pioneer

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Radio Pioneer Wound up the Cat and put the Clock Out How and where you access your favourite radio programs is changing so rapidly that it can be challenging to keep up. It may be reassuring to hear that it was only about 100 years ago that radio was the new… Listen here
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It's the Satanic Verses, Love

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Blind Book Group One of the first audio books Ruth Mercer read after joining the RVIB (Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind) library some thirty years ago was Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. The postman delivered all 32 tapes to her front door and… Listen here
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Fairlight: How Australia Changed the Sound of…

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Fairlight: How Australia Changed the Sound of Music Behind this strange claim is a story that started in a Sydney basement and ended up in recording studios around the world. Along the way, the sound of music (yes, the way music actually sounds) was changed.… Listen here
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Stand Up Ladies

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Stand up ladies Late last year I went along to an open mic night to support a friend of mine, Tash, who had just begun performing stand up comedy. She performed at a seedy backpacker bar in Melbourne’s CBD and though I laughed heartily at her set, I was… Listen here
Relation/Expectation

Relation/Expectation

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To those I have loved, I know there were many times that we suffered, suffocated, felt the stabs of unnecessary pain and pinned self-loaded expectations onto each other. We fell apart, and this piece was made in an attempt to understand why. To the listeners,… Listen here
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Cathedral of a Thousand Stars

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The desert seems like a pretty unlikely place for things to grow, but they do… you just have to look a little bit harder to find them. Deep in the South Australian outback lies a place only accessible via dirt track and almost 200km from the nearest town.… Listen here
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Cracked Open

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I came to this story after reading a surprising claim by Tassie's anti-battery hen campaigner Pam Clarke in an ABC news article late last year: that layer hens are no better off today than they were back in the 1980s.In a day and age where people are more… Listen here
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I, the Many; We, the One

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secrets you know you mustn’t share them so heavy you don’t know how to carry them hide them hide them deep inside Producer:Sue Reece, Radio Adelaide Mentor: Nikki Marcel (Radio Adelaide) Welcome to the world of Multiple Personalities, or ‘multiples’ for… Listen here
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Kabul to Kafka: Inside Australia's Community…

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Hello, child, Welcome to Australia. Here are some things you'll need during your time with us. First, here's your boat ID number. This is so that everyone knows that you don't deserve a name. Also, yours is too hard for us to say. Next, here's your gag… Listen here
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Red Dirt In Bondi: The Story of Building Bridges

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"The facts are really not at all like fish on the fishmonger's slab. They are like fish swimming about in a vast and sometimes inaccessible ocean; and what the historian catches will depend, partly on chance, but mainly on what part of the ocean he chooses to… Listen here
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A Harp Player Called Uncle

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From Kings Cross to the Largs Pier Hotel In Sydney 2000 my mate Budgie was telling me a story of a band that he saw in Adelaide in 1980. Budgie recalls a harmonica player that played hard and a band that shook the foundations of the Arkabar Hotel in Adelaide.… Listen here
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Another Stolen Generation

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In Western Australia, Aboriginal children make up more than half of all children in out-of-home care or what is known as foster care. Yet Aboriginal children only make up 5 per cent of the population in the state. Aboriginal foster carer Carol Dowling goes on… Listen here
Autism and Humanity - Understanding ASD

Autism and Humanity - Understanding ASD

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I am 46, single female with no kids. I find loud noises and shopping centres extremely stressful. Then you add small children having tantrums and I find the experience completely. intolerable. Producer:Melanie DohenyWild Horse FM, Yarraman Mentor: Chloe… Listen here
#CityOfLove

#CityOfLove

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In the spirit of the second decade of the twenty-first century, we've named our documentary using a ubiquitous marker of our times: the hashtag. Producers:Adelaide Rief, Yen Eriksen and Farz Edraki.2XX FM, Canberra Mentor: Kevin Klehr #CityOfLove was trending… Listen here
No Tunnel No Way

No Tunnel No Way

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IMAGINEYou get a letter.Your house is to be 'compulsorily acquired' for a toll road.The house you were born in.The house you have lived in for 70 years.This is what happened to Keith Fitzgerald, residen of Collingwood, Melbourne in 2013.Keith and hundreds of… Listen here

Special K - Hope in a Horse Tranquiliser

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When I would ask people about ketamine, for those who knew about it, a few ideas were evoked: an animal sedative, a hallucinogenic party drug or an anaesthetic for children. But when I mentioned ketamine to people rarely did anyone think of it as a treatment… Listen here

Tales from the Well - stories about water, place…

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Adelaide tap water tastes disgusting. It's renowned for being the worst in Australia and people go to great lengths to get good drinking water from anywhere but the tap. I used to get rain water from my Nans house in the Adelaide hills but she's moved and I… Listen here
This Is Not A Test

This is Not a Test - Riot Grrls in the New World

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Riot Grrrl: loud, brash, ferocious. Riot Grrrl is not simply a period of feminist punk in the early 90s, but is a movement whose ongoing thoughts, ideas and challenges have enriched human liberation. Riot Grrrl is a recurring motif for empowering females,… Listen here
To The Motherland

To the Motherland - Korean adoptees searching…

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Over 150,000 Koreans have been adopted overseas since the Korean War Armistice in 1954. And I am one of them. I was born in South Korea. I was adopted to Australia when I was a baby and raised by white Australian parents. I never knew my birth parents. All I… Listen here
What We Talk About

What We Talk About When We Talk About Music

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So much in my life overlaps with music.I'd say it's my number one passion. And my other passions, well, they're interwoven with music as well somehow.Because...when I hear music, I hear so much more.And when we talk about music, we talk about so much more.… Listen here

What's Up, Skip?

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Nothing says 'Australia' like the kangaroo. From the 1960's TV sensation Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, the green & gold Made in Australia logo and the Qantas flying kangaroo to indigenous dreamtime mythology. Producer:Kate Elliott3CR, Melbourne Mentor: Martin… Listen here