Bachelor of Communication (Journalism Studies)

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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?

News media have always played a vital role in society but technological advances mean they are now pervasive. As the media changes, new questions arise around how the media should operate, including challenging ethical issues around things like fake news. In your journalism studies major, you’ll learn about the media’s role, you will build essential journalistic skills and expertise in specialised fields such as news reporting, feature writing, media law, investigative reporting, and the (new and evolving) forms of digital story-telling. 

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. 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 longest running, and has many graduates who are household names and celebrities.

Become a journalism expert

If you choose journalism studies 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
  • Enjoy talking to people and telling their stories
  • Enjoy learning how the news media works
Matt Twort
Bachelor of Communication (Journalism Studies)

“The more you learn, the more fun it is, because you become more confident…”

"In my third year I was covering the Jubilee Cup Rugby Final for the Dominion Post. I’ve wanted to be a sports journalist as long as I can remember. Having that passion for sport and learning that I could follow sport for a career and write about for a living! What I’ve learnt at Massey is how to structure a journalism story, how to interview people, what information is important to the public.

If you want to do it, enrol yourself and come and meet the great lecturers that we have."


This qualification is a great degree if you wish to become a 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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