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New Zealand Diploma in Journalism

New Zealand Diploma in Journalism (Level 5)


Course details


Studying this programme, students will be equipped with the skills for a multi-media career in journalism or communications.

Students in this programme will develop news sourcing, writing and publishing skills; as well as technical skills in photography and videography. Students will put these skills into practice publishing regularly in the Wintec online newspaper, The Waikato Independent, and through projects with industry.

This programme is available in conjunction the Bachelor of Communication.

What you will learn

  • Core skills of news gathering to produce and publish quality stories across multiple print and digital platforms
  • Technical skills of  media photography, videography and web publishing
  • The law and ethical codes of practice
  • The relationship of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to journalism practice. 
Students will put all these skills into practice publishing work on our online newspaper The Waikato Independent, and with our mainstream media partners. Students will work collaboratively on cross-disciplinary projects with other students and gain hands on work experience through internship placement in a relevant media company.

View programme modules

Module CodeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
JOUR501News storytelling530

JOUR502Advanced storytelling515

JOUR503Technical skills 1: online515

JOUR504Technical skills 2: multimedia530

JOUR505Media law and context515

JOUR506Professional practice515

​​​ ​Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Award winning students

Wintec journalism students succeed at a national level. They have been finalists in the Student Journalist of the Year category in the Voyager Media Awards every year since 2012, winning four times in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Alumni also regularly feature as award finalists and winners. The strength and quality of student portfolios is a feature of the journalism programme at Wintec. 

Work in a real newsroom

Students will gain real world experience sourcing, writing and publishing stories on our online newspaper The Waikato Independent, as well as pitching stories for our industry partners in community, regional and daily papers. This includes reporting for an annual publication for New Zealand National Fieldays, simulated media training exercises, and a sustained newsroom project.

Partnerships in the industry

Wintec's diploma programme has been developed in close consultation with the industry. Academic tutors have a wealth of professional experience, and students will be inspired by guest speakers (including judges, politicians and police) to write real life stories. Our strong relationships with editors ensure that all Wintec students are placed in newsrooms during their course and graduates have a high employment success rate.

Expert industry tutors

Every year a highly-regarded industry specialist acts as Editor In Residence. They teach and act as a mentor to students. Industry tutors from several different media companies also teach on the programme in specialist areas, bringing a wealth of first hand experience and contacts. 

Career/further opportunities

Graduates will be qualified for entry level positions in the media and communications industries.

Graduates of this programme may transition into degree programmes at Wintec such as the Bachelor of Communication.


Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed a relevant course at NZQF Level 3;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

Selection criteria

An interview is required for admission to the course and applicants may be required to show evidence of written work.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5; or equivalent.

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Year 1 students beginning February 2021

Date: Monday 15 February 2021
Time: 9am-4pm
Venue: The Atrium, City Campus


  • 9am: Powhiri
  • 10.30am: Welcome and staff introductions
  • 11am: Tours, ID cards and parking
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 1pm:Classes

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

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    General book suppliers

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