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Massey is an elite journalism school, where you can obtain the highest qualifications available in the topic in the country. Consistent with the highest international standards of journalism education, our degrees will also give you the edge internationally. Whether you want to become a journalist, are an experienced journalist looking to advance your career, or simply want to know more about this fast-paced industry, Massey offers world-leading programmes.
We have strong links to industry and offer a clear pathway to jobs – our students go on to great careers in New Zealand and around the world.
This is the qualification you need to become a journalist. You will learn the vital industry skills to be a successful journalist in our modern society.
Blending journalism theory with practical, relevant skills this qualification can be completed in one year full-time. There is a strong on-the-job work experience component. If you gain excellent grades you may be able to progress to the master's programme.
The only degree of its kind in New Zealand, the Master of Journalism is based on leading overseas qualifications.
It blends practical skills with a deeper, academic study of journalism.
There are two main pathways. The first is for those wishing to enter the journalism industry, the second is for experienced journalists. You need to gain at least a B average in a relevant postgraduate diploma to enter this qualification. See below for more detail.
As a journalist you will inform, influence and entertain your readers. A free press is essential for the working of a free and open democratic society.
When despots take over, a free press is one of the first things they close down.
We are situated in Wellington, the political and cultural heart of New Zealand. Our qualifications build a firm foundation for exciting careers in print journalism, broadcasting and other media-related areas.
Our students regularly win awards, the highest accolade being a Pulitzer Prize for one of our alumni.
The School also regularly presents its own awards for student achievements, sponsored by industry and some of New Zealand's most respected journalists.
Our students go on to great careers, like Steve Trask (seen here with Dominion Post editor Bernadette Courtney). The top student in the 2015 Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism class, he went straight from the course to a job with the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK.
Massey’s lecturers are experienced journalists, respected by the industry. They are regular commentators on media issues and are actively researching. Massey Journalism head Dr Grant Hannis is the editor of Intro, the textbook used at New Zealand journalism schools since 2014. All of Massey's journalism staff contributed chapters to the book.
If you are interested in the media but don't wish to become a journalist you can study the Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies or take a major in media studies in a Bachelor of Communication degree. You may also undertake a PHd focusing on journalism
“Massey set me up really well to take my first steps into the industry, and I'm still in touch with several tutors, editors and high-profile journalists I met during my time there."
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Last updated on Wednesday 18 April 2018