‘My Favourite Genre Is Missing People’: Exploring How Listeners Experience True Crime Podcasts in Australia


In Australia, the public is increasingly accessing stories about crime, violence and harm via true crime podcasts (TCPs). Despite the proliferation of these sources, TCPs have received limited attention in criminological media research. To address this gap, this article outlines findings from a recent research project that examined Australian listeners’ perspectives of TCPs. To explore how listeners relate to TCPs and the factors shaping the podcasts they gravitate towards, this vignette study asked participants to read two podcast summaries, choose which they would prefer to listen to and write about what informed their decision. The analysis of these accounts presented in this article provides insight into which TCP narratives listeners recognise as meaningful and how these texts produce and entrench different ways of experiencing and understanding crime.

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Published: 2023-06-01
Pages:97 to 110
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Vitis, L. (2023) “‘My Favourite Genre Is Missing People’: Exploring How Listeners Experience True Crime Podcasts in Australia”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 12(2), pp. 97-110. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.2362.

Author Biography

Queensland University of Technology

Dr Laura Vitis is a Lecturer in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology. Her research focuses on how technology is used to facilitate gendered, sexual and domestic violence. Her work also examines the role of mediated sites in justice-seeking for violence against women with a particular focus on informal justice-seeking and true crime.