Bernie Whelan

Programme Manager

Bernie has been an editor, sports journalist and sub-editor for news organisations in New Zealand and Australia. He stepped into journalism education in 2010 after being inspired by helping journalism students on internships and new graduates get their start in what is an exciting and fascinating career.

At that time he was an editor in what is now the NZME group, and he has brought all of that experience to teaching media law and ethics, news gathering, news writing, bicultural journalism, and numeracy news writing. Bernie is also able to guide students whose dream job is sports reporting because he spent many years covering sport in Australia and New Zealand. 

Connecting all of the foundational skills to the new digital requirements of operating as a journalist day-to-day is an inspiring challenge which Bernie leads as programme manager.


Sue Burgin

Senior Tutor

Sue is an award winning journalist and broadcaster who has been helping train multimedia digital journalists at the Whitireia Journalism School for 3 years. She brings experience gained during a long career in some of New Zealand’s top radio stations and radio networks. 

Sue was News Editor at Newstalk ZB running the Wellington newsroom while also reading news on the Paul Holmes Breakfast for many years. She has had extensive experience as a radio presenter on breakfast shows, drive shows and lifestyle shows on music and news stations. Sue’s focus is very firmly on the new digital model of storytelling and was an early adopter of the MOJO (mobile journalism) model and there’s no-one more enthusiastic about what the smartphone and 4G connectivity have unleashed for journalists and in fact anyone with a story to tell. She also brings to class a passion for good journalism, diversity, ethics, podcasting, social media, radio news and voice skills.


Destina Munroe

Senior Tutor

Destina specialises in photography, videography, social media, web publishing and shorthand.  She is an accomplished photographer who has taught photography and video-for-web for journalism over a number of years, and is currently president of the Kapiti Camera Club. 

With a background in visual storytelling, Destina is responsible for the ongoing development of video-for-web skills training, an area which is becoming increasingly important in the mix of journalism skills. Destina has taught Teeline shorthand to journalism students for the past 20 years and is one of New Zealand’s most experienced teachers in this field.

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