New Zealand Diploma in Journalism
New Zealand Diploma in Journalism (Level 5)
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.
View programme modules
|Module Code||Module name||Level||Credits||Pre-Requisites||Co-Requisites|
| JOUR501||News storytelling||5||30|
| JOUR502||Advanced storytelling||5||15|
| JOUR503||Technical skills 1: online||5||15|
| JOUR504||Technical skills 2: multimedia||5||30|
| JOUR505||Media law and context||5||15|
| JOUR506||Professional practice||5||15|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2022
Date: To be confirmed
Venue: The Atrium, City Campus
- 10am: Welcome and staff introductions
- 10.45am: Tours, ID cards, and parking
- 12pm: Lunch
What you will need
How to find your way around
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He reo pōwhiri - Your official welcome to Wintec
Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.
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. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.
Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.
Paying for your study
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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Prospectus (course guide)
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