Journalism – Bachelor of Communication

Join a prestigious group of leading journalists that have studied at Massey University ­– New Zealand’s longest-running, internationally accredited journalism qualification.

Where you can study

Distance and online
Wellington campus

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand

Specialise in Journalism for your Bachelor of Communication at Massey

In this three year degree you will learn how to have a career as a journalist.

In the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), you will learn about the news media’s role. You will build essential journalistic skills in specialised fields. These include news reporting and writing, interviewing, researching, editing, feature writing, photojournalism, radio and television journalism, podcasting,  reporting on courts, politics, sport and  investigative reporting.

In your major, you will learn news media theory and study the role of the media and essential media law. You’ll get to practice essential journalistic skills. You’ll also gain in-depth understanding of specialised fields.

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.

A quality qualification

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.

International recognition

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

Connect with industry while you study

You can take advantage of Massey’s close relationships with industry by taking the communication internship. This gives you professional work in a local organisation. You’ll get some great networking opportunities. This means you have already built relationships with potential employers before you graduate.

Further study

After you graduate, you could go on to further in-depth development with a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

A Bachelor of Communication in Journalism is a good fit if you:

  • want a career as a journalist or in communication
  • are interested in current affairs
  • enjoy learning how the news media works.

Planning information

Full-time study in your first year comprises eight 15-credit courses, for a total of 120 credits. We recommend studying 60 credits per semester. You may also wish to take some courses at summer school but ensure you include those that are required for the next level of courses.

Although you are asked to nominate your BC major and minor when enrolling, please be aware that you can change these once you are enrolled.

No course can be credited to a major and a minor.

Research or practice ‘tracks’

There are two 'tracks' at 300 level.

1. The 'Journalism Research track' is for those who are not necessarily intending to become a journalist, but may want to go on to do further study at postgraduate level.

2. The 'Journalism Practice track' emphasises journalism practice, and aims to prepare you to enter the workforce as a journalist. If you wish to take this track, please make your intentions known to your journalism lecturers.

This major

Completing a major is compulsory. The Journalism major requires 120 credits including at least 60 credits at 200 level and 60 credits at 300 level.


Completing a minor is compulsory.

Minors increase the breadth of your degree. They give you extra knowledge, attributes and capabilities.

The journalism major is from the Massey Business School. That means you must choose a minor from the list the College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers:

  • Expressive Arts
  • International Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Media Studies
  • composite Expressive Arts/Media Studies.
A journalism minor (for students who are studying a different degree)

If you are not studying a Bachelor of Communication and wish to complete a minor in journalism see the Bachelor of Communication regulations for requirements.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations or this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Compulsory courses

Choose 90 credits from
Course code: 154204 Digital Media Production I 15 credits

An advanced introduction to producing digital media. This course uses hands-on, experiential learning to introduce techniques, concepts and processes for producing photography and video using industry standard hardware and software.

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Course code: 219204 News Media and Society 15 credits

This course examines the structure and functions of New Zealand news media, including its linkages to global news media systems. It also examines how different social identities are constructed in news media.

Restrictions: 114264

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Course code: 219223 Advanced News Reporting 15 credits

The practice and theory of advanced news reporting, including sourcing and producing multi-platform news stories to a publishable standard.

Prerequisites: 219231, 154204

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Course code: 219231 News Media Reporting 15 credits

An exploration of current principles and practices and the fundamentals of news gathering and news production.

Prerequisites: 219108

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Course code: 219325 Journalism and Politics 15 credits

The theory and practice of political journalism, including researching and writing news stories about political issues and events to a publishable standard.

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Course code: 219335 Media Law and Ethics 15 credits

Students develop an understanding of the process of making editorial decisions on matters of media law and ethics, including defamation, privacy and complaints about the media.

Restrictions: 219331

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Choose at least 30 credits from
Course code: 139340 The Publishing Project 15 credits

In this course, students study and experience the principles, processes and practice of publishing, through the co-production of an online publication. Key concepts include teamwork, co-production, theme selection, peer review, production scheduling, source selection, and online publishing.

Prerequisites: Any 200-level course with a 139 prefix or 219202

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Course code: 219311 Communication Internship 15 credits

This course provides students with a period of workplace experience with knowledge of communication concepts and terminology gained throughout their degree, in a series of analytical assessments.

Prerequisites: 2192xx or 1562xx and Appraisal Required

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Course code: 219336 Researching Journalism 15 credits

An examination of the affinities and tensions between academic research on journalism and journalism practice, highlighting the methodological diversity of the academic field of journalism studies, exploring the research methods used in investigative journalism, and reflecting on the research logic of journalism practice.

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Course code: 219339 History of Journalism 15 credits

A study of the development of print journalism in English since the 1500s, concentrating on developments in England, the United States and New Zealand. The course also considers the growing distinction between fact and fiction in reportage, the role of the journalist, and the impact of new media technologies.

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Can't meet the entry requirements?

If you need to do a course before you start your qualification, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Fees and scholarships

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

There are opportunities for journalists in areas including:

  • news organisations and newspapers (metropolitan or community)
  • corporate work
  • magazines
  • television
  • radio
  • social media.

Journalists can advance further to senior roles such as news director, producer or editor.

Graduates of the Massey journalism qualification have gone on to work at New Zealand's top news organisations such as Stuff, the NZ Herald, Radio New Zealand and TVNZ as well as at international news outlets such as The Guardian, BBC, CNN, SBS Al Jazeera and Reuters.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

What our students say

“What made me pick Massey was the variety. I didn’t want a degree that would limit my options and I can confidently say, I am happy with my decision. I’ve graduated with a range of skills including article writing, filming and editing skills, creative writing, marketing knowledge, and writing communication plans for companies.”
Leilani Baker

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

“The more you learn, the more fun it is, because you become more confident.”
Matt Twort

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism Studies)

Accreditations and rankings

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC)

Massey’s Bachelor of Communication is the only degree outside the Americas and the Middle East to be recognised by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

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Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.

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QS Ranking - Business and Management

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.

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QS Ranking - Communication & Media

Massey is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 100 universities for communication and media studies. QS is an organisation that ranks universities worldwide in various topics.

ShanghaiRanking - communication

Communication at Massey is ranked #1 in New Zealand, and in the top 150 universities in the world, by ShanghaiRanking.

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