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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