Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism

The one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism builds a firm foundation for exciting careers in print journalism, broadcasting and other media-related areas. As they are based on leading overseas journalism qualifications, our qualifications will also give you the edge internationally.

Why do the Postgraduate Diploma?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism is for you if you:

  • Already have an undergraduate degree, but in a different area, and would like to train to become a journalist
  • You are currently working as a journalist but would like to study to learn about recent developments and increase your skill set (professional development).

Industry connections

Massey University enjoys a very close working relationship with both major newspaper chains (Fairfax and APN), as well as with other newspapers, radio and television stations, and other news organisations. Our students do work experience at these sites as part of their studies.

The qualification is fully recognised and accredited by Competenz, the industry body that oversees the training of journalists in New Zealand. News-media organisation Fairfax and the Dominion Post newspaper offer cash prizes to our top students and Asia New Zealand funds students to work on newspapers in Asia.

Career paths

Graduates have gone on to work at New Zealand's top newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, as well as at the BBC, CNN, SBS in Australia and countless overseas newspapers and magazines. 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.

What will I learn?

Your learning during the Postgraduate Diploma will give those with no industry experience insights into key journalism skills. It will also add upon these skills for those who are already qualified:

  • News writing: Write a variety of news stories to publishable standard.
  • Feature writing: Write features and other specialist forms of journalism.
  • Interviewing: Practise the skills of successful and informative interviewing.
  • Photography: Learn the techniques of producing quality news photos with digital cameras.
  • Radio and TV reporting: Prepare a variety of news stories to broadcast standard.
  • Web-based journalism: Learn to prepare online news items (including text, links, audio and video).
  • Media law: Learn media law and the proper procedure for court and local authority reporting.
  • Media ethics: Consider the big ethical issues that confront journalists.
  • Shorthand: Reach industry-required speed and accuracy levels for shorthand.
  • Work experience: Gain industry experience through several weeks' work placement at media organisations.

Next steps

Students with a grade average of at least B in their PGDip can, if they wish, complete the Master of Journalism, in which they research and write a major piece of journalism and an academic analysis of their work.

Contact us

School administrator: Breeze Mehta

Journalism Head: James Hollings

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