Careers in media and communication

Female journalist student being interviewed on camera

Becoming a journalist

If you want to be on the spot as history is made, and are curious about the world, love writing, talking to people and finding out more about their stories, a career in journalism could be for you. Journalists are at the forefront of society, at the scene as big events happen, and helping us make sense of events and changes happening all around us.

Many of New Zealand’s top journalists studied Massey’s prestigious journalism programme and many others have gone on to top jobs overseas. When you graduate you are likely to start work at one of the main news organisations, such as Stuff, NZME, Newshub, Radio New Zealand, or TVNZ, perhaps in the provinces, or at some of the many smaller community newspapers and news organisations. There are also many opportunities in the rapidly growing online news area.

Within a few years, many graduates move into more senior positions, perhaps at the major metropolitan newsrooms, or even international positions. Journalism graduates from Massey go on to great careers in New Zealand and around the world. We have graduates working in the UK, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Egypt, India, at such prestigious outlets as the BBC and CNN.

What do I study?

You need to complete an undergraduate degree first. Relevant options would be the Bachelor of Communication with a journalism major. This degree will aim to make you work-ready by the end of your three years of study.

Upon successful completion of your this degree, you may also enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism. 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. It provides concentrated vocational training for those who have a non-journalism degree, or for those who wish to do postgraduate study, or simply enhance their job prospects.

If you gain excellent grades you may be able to progress to the Master of Journalism. This is a professional development programme with a substantial research component.

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Communication or public relations

Organisations are increasingly recognising the importance of good communications with their customers, internal staff and other companies interested in their business.

As a consequence, communication roles have grown hugely in the last few years - to a point where they are recognised by most companies as highly strategic and at the heart of a successful business. Communication positions usually involve a lot of writing - perhaps speeches or publications, web writing, writing strategic plans or putting together presentations for senior management.

Public relations (PR) and public affairs positions are proactive positions, very focused on communicating organisation stories to build or increase the reputation of the company, usually to an external audience. You’ll work on events and come up with ideas for stories to promote to media.

You could become a media relations or government relations specialist or perhaps focus on issues management – helping organisations manage and communicate issues to mitigate reputational damage.

What do I study?

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Media and communication internships

Communication Internship

The Communication Internship is available to high-achieving Bachelor of Communication students in their third year. The internship gives our students great real-world experience. Internships consist of 100-120 hours working on projects or a collection of communication-related activities that will support the work of the host organisation.

Contact Claudia Silva

Creative media industry project

Students studying Bachelor of Creative Media Production team up with an external industry stakeholder to complete a year-long Major Project in their 3rd year. Previous stakeholders include TVNZ, Te Papa National Museum, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the POW Group.

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Creativity in the Community

Creativity in the Community is an internship for Bachelor of Communication students. Students work with community partners on real-life problems such as homelessness, dementia and youth justice. Students extend their skills in leadership, planning, problem solving, higher-order thinking and workplace communication while helping their community.

Contact Elspeth Tilley

Explore media and communication

Find out more about study programmes, research, facilities, services and people in the area of media and communication at Massey.

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