Become a journalist

Massey University is the place to study journalism in New Zealand.

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.

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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.

Why study journalism at Massey?

  • Over 90% of our graduates gain employment as journalists. Our graduates have gone onto great careers in journalism in New Zealand and overseas.
  • We offer the only Master of Journalism in New Zealand.
  • Our journalism programme is part of a prestigious and 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). The accreditation recognises Massey's excellent connections with industry, its commitment to constant improvement, its strong leadership, and large research output.
  • This course has been running for more than 50 years. In 2016 the Newspaper Publishers' Association, which represents the country's main newspapers and news websites, gave the school a special award for outstanding achievement. The association said "no institution can claim to have had a greater role in shaping journalists in this country than the Wellington course".
  • Our students regularly excel at the national awards for student journalism, including the Voyager Media Awards and Bruce Jesson Investigative Journalism Awards.

Why become a journalist?

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.

Where will you study?

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. 

Graduate stories

Most graduates start work at provincial daily newspapers, news agencies and radio stations. Within a few years, many move into major metropolitan dailies, magazines, radio and television or even international positions. Some move into communication work. 

Awards, prizes and scholarships

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.

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

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.

    Other courses

    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

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