Build your skills in research, interviewing, writing, photography and video storytelling. Use your smartphone to be a mobile journalist.

Programme Overview

This programme focuses on multimedia journalism including research, reporting, writing, camera skills and editing. It is practical in nature with a high degree of one-on-one tutoring.

Programme Outline

Classes are run from  student newsrooms in central Wellington and Auckland, with a focus on multimedia, ensuring that graduates learn research, reporting, news writing, and camera skills required for journalism on the web, on mobile, in social media and for newspapers, magazines, and TV.  Stories, photographs and videos are published daily to the student-run news portals NewsWire.co.nz (Wellington) and Newsbeat.kiwi (Auckland).

The courses within the programme are:

  • News reporting (current affairs and news knowledge, research, interviewing, mobile journalism with smartphones) 
  • News writing (for internet, print, radio, TV, mobile journalism with smartphones) 
  • News media digital photography 
  • Media law and ethics 
  • Bicultural reporting
  • Diversity reporting
  • Reporting crime and emergency services 
  • Numeracy and polls 
  • Local government reporting 
  • Media industry 
  • Shorthand note taking
  • Website editing 
  • TV reporting 
  • Radio reporting with audio

Students are expected to complete work outside class contact hours.

Course costs of about $1000 apply, principally for the purchase of a high-end smartphone.


Entry Requirements

Domestic students

NCEA Level 2 or equivalent with minimum 10 credits in English (5 credits reading, 5 credits writing) and evidence of writing ability based on interview and writing test

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0)

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