Young Journalist of the Year Awards
From 2004 to April 2009, Michael Atkin worked as a reporter on triple j radio’s Hack program. During his time with Hack, he’s watched scarification (carving tattoos into the body with a scalpel), been inside a juvenile justice centre and reported on the apology to the stolen generations. Michael graduated from the University of Technology Sydney in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) and has deferred study in a Masters of International Studies at Sydney University. UTS named Michael Best Undergraduate Reporter in 2005, in addition to selecting him for two other awards. Michael has worked for a range of media organisations: ABC, SBS, The Australian, Next Media and community radio station, 2SER. In mid 2009, Michael resigned from triple j to relocate to India. He is currently freelancing, attempting to learn Hindi and exploring South Asia. In 2008, Michael was named Young Australian Radio Journalist of the Year.
“Not only was Michael’s entry original and creative – it was a thoroughly researched and incisive work. It is impossible not to be drawn into the lives of his subjects – especially when the interviewer clearly has the trust of those he interviews. Michael’s stories are informative and engaging, and we can only look forward to his future work.”