Annabel Hawkins

Bachelor of Communication (Major in Journalism and Minor in Expressive Arts)
Graduated in 2013

Creative degrees are often criticized for not equipping graduates with the right skills for a career, but I couldn’t disagree more. Working in the media industry, every day I am calling on my ability to speak and tell stories in front of clients or partner agencies, my capacity to think outside the square for new strategies and approaches and make the right decision in the spur of the moment. Stepping into the theatre of the corporate world, I highly value the skills I was able to develop through both Expressive Arts and Journalism.

At Massey, I felt supported in the process of figuring out my writing voice and testing it in all kinds of mediums; documentaries, short films, plays, fiction and essays.  The classes were smaller and the lecturers personable, which made me feel less like just a number in a lecture theatre or at the top of an assignment.

During my undergraduate degree, I interned as the Wellington editor for MASSIVE magazine in its first year of publication, took part in the Achieving Career Excellence course for young women and was also the treasurer for the Expressive Arts Committee.

I currently work as a media buyer and planner for MBM in Wellington, as well as occasional freelance work for The Wireless and write my own personal blog.

Being able to communicate seems like a given in such a hyper-connected world, but being able to do it in a way that is both engaging for and empathetic to an audience, I think, is the tacit quality that is essential to any facet of the media world.  

Massey Contact Centre Mon - Fri 8:30am to 5:00pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey