Become a journalist with New Zealand's premier journalism school

Prestigious international accreditation

Our programmes are part of a small group of international programmes (and the only one in Australia and New Zealand) to be recognised by the US-based Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)

Longest-running journalism school in NZ

We have been teaching journalism for more than 50 years making us the oldest continuously operating journalism school in New Zealand.

Great careers

We have trained many of New Zealand's most notable journalists, including Isobel Ewing, Tova O'Brien, Kirsty Johnston, Mike White, Philip Kitchin, and many others. Over 90% of our graduates gain employment as journalists and go on to great careers in journalism in New Zealand and overseas.

Long-standing industry relationships

You will benefit from the journalism programme's close working relationship with the country’s leading newspapers, news websites, radio stations and television stations.

Becoming a journalist - the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

This three year degree is what you will study if you wish to have a career as 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 three years full-time.

There is a strong emphasis on developing practical skills such as journalism research, writing, interviewing, and visual storytelling, as well as on the academic skills you will need if you plan to go on to a master's degree or higher. The degree name is changing (subject to CUAP) to the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) in 2019.

Professional development - the PGDip and Master of Journalism

The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism carries on the high standards of learning from your undergraduate degree. It is suitable for those who already have a degree, but not in journalism, or for journalism graduates who wish to further develop their skills, or anyone who wishes to go on to gain a Master of Journalism.

The Master of Journalism is the only Master of Journalism in New Zealand. An 18-month degree, it blends practical journalism skills with a deeper, academic study of journalism. It can help you gain entry to jobs for which you need a master's degree, and also be a stepping stone to a PhD in Journalism.

Massey graduates

Chris Bramwell
Political journalist, Radio NZ

Lachlan Forsyth
Reporter and host - TV3

Brendan McBryde
Newspaper Reporter

Georgina Ball
One News Reporter

Kate Chapman

Political reporter

Graduate stories


Student awards and prizes

Pulitzer prize

One of our graduates, Alison McCulloch, was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for its coverage of the Columbine killings.

Voyager Media Awards

For more than 10 years, Massey journalism students have been dominating the student journalism category in these industry awards.

Bruce Jesson Emerging Journalist Award

In 2017, for the fifth year running, Massey students have taken out top honours in this national award for student investigative journalism.

Andre Chumko

Prizes and scholarships

There are thousands of dollars in prizes available for journalism students who reach a high level of achievement during their study of journalism at Massey University.

More on awards

Our staff

Massey’s lecturers are experienced journalists, respected by the industry. They are regular commentators on media issues and are actively researching. Massey Journalism lecturer 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.

 

International students

We welcome students from around the world to Massey journalism programmes.

Please note that you must have a very strong command of English. Find out more about applying by contacting our International Office.

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