• Journalism at Massey


    Industry-respected, internationally accredited courses that lead to great careers.


    "No institution can claim to have had a greater role in shaping journalists in this country."

    Newspaper Publishers Association, giving a 2016 award for outstanding achievement to the Massey Journalism School 





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Become a journalist with New Zealand's premier journalism school

Prestigious international accreditation

Our programmes are part of a small group of international programmes (and the only one in Australia and New Zealand) to be recognised by the US-based Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)

Longest-running journalism school in NZ

We have been teaching journalism for more than 50 years making us the oldest continuously operating journalism school in New Zealand.

Great careers

We have trained many of New Zealand's most notable journalists, including Isobel Ewing, Tova O'Brien, Kirsty Johnston, Mike White, Philip Kitchin, and many others. Over 90% of our graduates gain employment as journalists and go on to great careers in journalism in New Zealand and overseas.

Long-standing industry relationships

You will benefit from the journalism programme's close working relationship with industry. This includes both major newspaper/news website chains (Stuff and APN), radio and television stations. This relationship enables work experience for our students as part of their studies, cash prizes for top students from Stuff and other organisations as well as travel opportunities.

Becoming a journalist - the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

This three year degree is what you will study if you wish to have a career as a journalist.

You will learn the vital industry skills to be a successful journalist in our modern society, blending journalism theory with practical, relevant skills. There is a strong emphasis on developing practical skills such as journalism research, writing, interviewing, and visual storytelling.

Professional development - the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism

The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism carries on the high standards of learning from your undergraduate degree. It is suitable for those who already have a degree, but not in journalism, or for journalism graduates who wish to further develop their skills.

Massey graduates

Chris Bramwell
Political journalist, Radio NZ

Lachlan Forsyth
Reporter and host - TV3

Brendan McBryde

Newspaper Reporter

Georgina Ball
One News Reporter

Kate Chapman

Political reporter

Graduate stories

Student awards and prizes

Pulitzer prize

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.

Voyager Media Awards

For more than 10 years, Massey journalism students have been dominating the student journalism category in these industry awards.

Bruce Jesson Emerging Journalist Award

In 2018, for the sixth year running, Massey students have taken out top honours in this national award for student investigative journalism.

Prizes and scholarships

There are thousands of dollars in prizes available for journalism students who reach a high level of achievement during their study of journalism at Massey University.

Awards and prizes

Our staff

Massey’s lecturers are experienced journalists, respected by the industry. They are regular commentators on media issues and are actively researching. Massey Journalism lecturer James Hollings’ main responsibilities lie with the Masters in Journalism, and the Editing and Publishing and Investigative Reporting papers of the Bachelor of Communication. He has worked in senior roles in newspapers and radio. 


International students

We welcome students from around the world to Massey journalism programmes.

Please note that you must have a very strong command of English. Find out more about applying by contacting our International Office.

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