About the 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. This will equip you with the skills and confidence to research and write high-quality, in-depth journalism and enrich and polish your professional expertise. 

During the Master of Journalism you will work closely with a journalism academic staff member supervisor to undertake a major journalistic project  This includes researching and writing a 5000-word piece of extended, long-form journalism. You will also study the academic context of journalism, writing this up as a 10,000-word academic report that reflects upon your experience researching and writing the long-form journalism piece.

There are two pathways available to the Master of Journalism.

PATHWAY ONE

You have an undergraduate degree and wish to enter the journalism industry

Pathway 1 is for students who do not have journalism experience but have an undergraduate degree.

1. Complete the PGDip (Journalism)

You begin by studying the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism full-time on campus in Wellington. This is a double-semester programme, which starts in Semester One (February) each year.

2. Enrol in the Master of Journalism

You can start studying towards the Master of Journalism immediately upon completing your PGDip (Journalism), or you can return to Massey within five years. You must gain a B average in your PGDip (Journalism) studies.

In total, including the PGDip, it will take 18 months full-time to complete the Master of Journalism via Pathway One.


Pathway 1 graduate Jess Roden

“I’ve travelled overseas and studied in the United States. Diploma qualifications aren’t well understood overseas, but a Master’s is. As I want to work overseas eventually, this was a good opportunity to get a qualification they understand." 


Pathway 1 graduate Audrey Seaman (US international student)

“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.” 

 

PATHWAY TWO

You have an undergraduate degree and at least three years journalism experience

Pathway 2 is ideally suited for mid-career journalists who wish to make the next step in their professional development, including enhancing their journalism skills, developing their managerial abilities, teaching journalism, or exploring the world of public relations.

1. Complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication OR Postgraduate Diploma in Business (with equivalent Communication content).

You can study towards this qualification full-time or part-time, on campus or by distance. This comprises four papers and would normally take two semesters to complete (full-time, longer part-time).

2. Enrol in the Master of Journalism

You can start studying towards the Master of Journalism immediately upon completing your PGDip, or you can return to Massey within five years.You must gain at least a B average in your PGDip to enter the MJ.

In total, including the PGDip, it will take 18 months full-time (or longer part time) to complete the Master of Journalism via Pathway Two. 


Pathway 2 graduate Norman Zafra

"What I loved about this pathway was that it offered an interesting mix of business and communication papers, allowing me to navigate the evolving news media industry while gaining essential business and management skills."

Norman won the Bruce Jesson Award for investigative journalism in 2015.

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