Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

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A fascinating area of study

The news and news media are constantly changing in both content and delivery, so journalism studies will always remain a fascinating area of study.

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What is it like?

The news media play a vital role in society. Technological advances have made them totally pervasive, entering our daily lives 24/7. But as the media changes, new questions arise around how the media should operate, including challenging ethical issues around things like media intrusion on privacy, the UK media phone-tapping scandal, and the controversy about WikiLeaks.

In your journalism major, you’ll learn about the media’s role, you will build essential journalistic skills and expertise in specialised fields such as feature writing and investigative reporting.

Sought-after by employers

85% of graduates are employed within six months of graduation. These graduates are employed across nine different industry categories with more than 60 different job titles.

International recognition

Massey’s communication programmes are only the seventh outside of the US to be recognised by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

This prestigious accreditation recognises Massey's "good connections with industry, its commitment to constant improvement, its strong leadership, and large research output". Massey Business School is ranked in the top 2% of business schools globally.
Massey University’s business and management studies ranks in the top 250 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Accreditation means your degree is internationally recognised, making it easier to arrange a student exchange and find employment overseas.

The quality of Massey’s journalism courses is internationally recognised. You learn from lecturers who have vast experience (often as leading journalists themselves). Our journalism school is New Zealand’s most long-standing, and has many graduates who are household names and celebrities.

Become a journalism expert

If you choose journalism as your major, you learn news media theory, study the role of the media, practise the essential journalistic skills (including newsroom decision-making), and gain in-depth understanding of specialised journalistic fields, such as feature writing. You’ll be a journalism expert.

Connect with industry while you study

You can take advantage of Massey’s close relationships with industry, including journalism, marketing, public relations, and the not-for-profit community, by taking the Communication Internship. This gives you professional work in a local organisation and great networking plus already-built relationships with potential employers before you graduate.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in current affairs
  • Are up for the challenge of speaking in front of others.
Bridget Hayman
Bachelor of Communication (Journalism Studies major, Media Studies minor)
Graduated in 2013
Media and Communications Advisor - New Zealand Defence Forces

“I have really enjoyed putting the skills and knowledge I learnt during my Bachelor of Communication at Massey to use in real life…”

As the Junior Media and Communications Advisor at the New Zealand Defence Force I take media enquiries on our media phone, write and send media releases and advisories about our people and activities.

I post on the Force and NZDF Facebook pages which have more than 20,000 followers. I use social media measuring tools to track our social media statistics and Media Portal to monitor our media coverage.

I compile a Daily Media brief of everything that has gone on in the media that day, which is distributed to the key stakeholders of the NZDF (i.e. the senior leaders) and have written a story for the Navy Magazine read by the wider Defence Force.

I have had the opportunity to travel from Napier to Wellington on a Navy Ship, media wrangled at the arrival and departure of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and have sat in on a live CNN interview about the Royal New Zealand Air Force's role in the search for MH370.

The opportunity for this job presented itself during my communication internship at Massey which was an invaluable experience.


This qualification is a great degree if you wish to become a journalist (note that you must undertake further study to become a qualified journalist).

Many students seeking further in-depth development as a journalist also opt for a fourth year in the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism. The Master of Journalism offers a further attractive capstone to your studies.

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