Former USQ journalism student picks up Clarion award

06 September 2012
Bruce Atkinson is pictured here covering the Queensland floods
Former University of Southern Queensland student and ABC journalist Bruce Atkinson’s coverage of the western-Queensland floods has earned him a second Clarion Award.

Mr Atkinson, who graduated from USQ with a degree in journalism in 1993, received a Clarion Award for Broadcast Interview for his work with the Charleville and Mitchell floods in February.

Mr Atkinson is currently a reporter for ABC News in Maroochydore.

‘It was a very nice surprise,’ Mr Atkinson said of the award.

‘Last year I received the Clarion for Best Broadcast Report for Regional and Community news for my coverage of the Rockhampton floods.

‘I’ve covered floods, bushfires, cyclones and other natural disasters and it can get pretty confronting, especially seeing the devastation of Cyclone Yasi.’

Mr Atkinson said the small town of Mitchell was badly affected by the February floods, to the point where 80 per cent of the houses were flooded.

‘All the roads were closed into Mitchell, I had to get permission to take a four-wheel drive into there,’ he said.

Mr Atkinson said he remembered his time at USQ fondly.

‘I had a great time studying journalism and living on campus at Steele Rudd,’ he said.

‘I started work at ABC in Longreach the same year I graduated.’

The annual Clarion Awards celebrate and recognise excellence in Queensland journalism.

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Jim Campbell,, Phone: 07 4631 2977

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