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About Mic Smith


A quick good morning to you and a coffee and I’ll tell you a bit about myself.

I am a  journalist with a Masters of Journalism from University of Queensland, currently tutoring journalism and PR at Griffith University and lecturing journalism and PR at QIBT.

My journalism experience includes six years in radio and six years in print and online sites. I worked as the environment section editor for Gold Coast music magazine Blank for its first two years.

I write on conservation issues mainly – researching local Gold Coast marine life like whales, Vietnam’s whales, dugongs, and coastal birds. I also photograph and have been documenting the erosion here on the coast.

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Painting by Antoine Josse. Used with permission

Back in the early 2000s, an investigative story for radio (The Dry Lakes Estate about water use in construction during the Queensland drought) with Lucas Moore was a finalist in the Queensland Clarion Awards for journalism. And Good on the Inside which I did with Heather Anderson about women’s health in prison for 4ZZZ FM was a finalist in the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) awards.

After 4zzz, I worked as a newspaper editor in Ho Chi Minh City and reported on wildlife and sports in Vietnam from 2007- 2011.

The wild trade in Ho Chi Minh City caught my attention when the last Vietnam rhino was killed for its horn in 2010 in Cat Tien National Park just a few hours by bus from where I was working in the city.

The Saigon Horn is an long form investigative story that I researched in Saigon. It describes the use of rhino horn by everyday Saigonese and was published online by Ground Report.  It earned me an award from Groundreport. A follow-up story called “The Tao of Saigon Horn” earned a runner up prize in a conservation writing contest in Hanoi run by TRAFFIC. I continue to research the trade and rhino conservation issues including the Sumatran rhino.

I now live on the Gold Coast tutoring journalism at Griffith University and writing freelance on wildlife issues here and in Asia and Africa.

I write blogs for ABC Open which has been awesome.

ABC News 24Radio National, Australian Longboarder, Overland literary journal, Asia Life, The Saigon Times, Blank Magazine and The Vietnam Communist Party website have  featured my writing.

Writing plays for La Mama theatre has been a continuing obsession of mine. Plays include Silencia, The Award and Our Hitch Hiker.


  1. Hi mic,

    I heard your story on Radio National this morning and was really happy to hear you are doing well.

    Also enjoyed your piece, bought back lots of memories. (Ahhh!)

    All the best,


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