Gain the skills required for entry level positions in journalism and related media fields of content creation. Chase your own stories, deliver to a news website and collaborate on newsroom projects.

This programme equips students with the range of skills necessary for entry level positions in journalism and related media fields. Digital technology is transforming the way news is gathered and delivered and students combine the basics of gathering, writing, video and audio with exploring the constantly changing online delivery platforms such as social media.

Programme Outline

Areas covered in this programme include:

News gathering

Finding news, researching, interviewing, note-taking, contacts.

News writing

News style, writing for mobile device viewing, accuracy, grammar.

Digital platforms

Social media, professional practice online, your brand.

Journalism law and context

History, current affairs, defamation, privacy, te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Visual skills

Photography, videography, video editing, interviewing, presenting to camera, adding text.

Audio skills

Recording, editing, packaging, voice skills, interviewing, writing for the ear.

Storytelling for news

News types such as diversity, sport, local government, police and emergency services.

Working in a newsroom

Roles, teamwork, collaborating


Entry Requirements

National Certificate in Educational Achievement (Level 2) [Ref: 0973] or equivalent skills and knowledge and evidence of ability based on interview and writing test

International students

Proven equivalence to entry requirements plus IELTS 6.5 (in all bands), or equivalent


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