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“I chose Massey’s programme, the only Master of Journalism in New Zealand, because it offered significant hands-on experience, was well-respected in the industry and gave me a chance to live in the lovely city of Wellington,” Audrey said.
“When I was getting ready to move to New Zealand, lots of people asked me why I didn’t choose to study at one of the many journalism schools in the US. I very well could have, but Massey’s dynamic and practical programme coupled with the New Zealand environment was a perfect fit.”
When she arrived, she found the locals friendly. “I was warmly welcomed by dedicated lecturers and a close-knit class.”
Audrey’s undergraduate studies were in English and communication, and she found Massey’s Master of Journalism built on this perfectly. “The first year laid a solid foundation for me to succeed as a young journalist. I walked away from that year with over 50 stories published, a handle on several facets of the journalism industry, along with the confidence and energy I needed to continue my career.”
Audrey finished her Master’s with a six-month journalism project. She wrote a long-form investigative article on how Wellington’s educational institutions were communicating environmental sustainability to the country’s future leaders. She also wrote an academic essay on the challenges journalists face when communicating sustainability.
“It was a rewarding experience, in that I was able to dive into my chosen topic of environmental journalism and spend some quality time researching and writing.”
The high international standard of the Massey programme is reflected in the fact it is the only one in New Zealand or Australia accredited by the US-based Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). This was important to Audrey. “Recognition by ACEJMC puts Massey on a list with some of the best journalism schools, like Columbia University or Northwestern,” she said.
Of course, it wasn’t all work. Part of the appeal of coming to New Zealand was the great outdoors. “I took every free chance I could to explore the country. I was also able to become a part of the Wellington community and immerse myself in the Kiwi culture, which was a beautiful experience.”
Audrey has now secured a communications job in the US, helping cities around the country create economically, environmentally and socially sustainable communities.
Audrey says life at Massey was “an ideal time for both professional and personal growth to happen. I would strongly encourage prospective international students to take a similar journey.”
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016