National Diploma in Journalism (Multi-media) (Level 5)

Build your skills in research, interviewing, writing, photography and video storytelling. Use your smartphone to be a mobile journalist. Graduates can get jobs in newspapers, web, TV, mobile, social media, as videographers and in PR/communications.

Programme Overview

​Level 5 programme

Graduates get jobs in print, web, TV and public relations or communications. National Diploma students share the same newsroom and do most of their training alongside Diploma in Radio Journalism students. 

It is a standard national qualification designed by the journalism industry and posted on the NZ Qualifications Authority’s National Qualifications Framework. Whitireia is accredited to teach the programme.

Whitireia Journalism School operates out of its own student newsrooms in central Wellington and Auckland. It focuses on multimedia, ensuring that graduates learn research, reporting, news writing, feature writing and camera skills with their own smartphone required for journalism on the web, on mobile, and for newspapers, magazines, and TV.

It is one of the few journalism schools in New Zealand with its own news websites – (Wellington campus), and Newsbeat/kiwi (Auckland campus) – where student stories, photographs and videos are posted daily. 

When graduates seek employment after the programme, they are able to provide editors with links to their work on NewsWire and Newsbeat.

Whitireia has a mid-year start to the programme each year to ensure that graduates have no competition from other journalism school graduates when going for employment. It works well, with most graduates being employed within a couple of months of the course end. Auckland’s diploma is offered at the beginning of the year also.

Graduates find jobs in a wide variety of media outlets – for example provincial, metropolitan, community and TV news sites, magazines, business wire services and other niche news websites.

A typical class includes school leavers who have previously completed the Level 4 Certificate in Multi-media Journalism, degree holders, mature applicants looking for a career change, others returning to the workforce and from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Most are in the early 20s and 30s.

The programme differs from university-based journalism courses in its focus on practical work and the high degree of one-to-one tutoring available. The school has a staff of former journalists or technical specialists whose specialities include print, web, radio, photography, videography and TV.

Programme Outline

Students are expected to complete work outside class contact hours.

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 

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


Campus Starts on Duration
Wellington City 2017: 17 July One year, full-time
Auckland City 2017: 17 July One year, full-time

Domestic Fees: $6,026

International Fees: $19,950 NZD


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)

Career Opportunities:


Graduates receive the National Diploma in Journalism, which is regarded as the minimum to enter journalism. It equips graduates with research, technology and writing skills welcomed by a wide range of careers apart from journalism, including communications, management and public relations.

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