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National Diploma in Journalism


  • Semester 1 starts 8 February 2017
  • Semester 1 Online starts 13 February 2017
  • Duration - One year full-time on campus or two years part-time online
  • Fee Guideline - $6,200 per year (International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • Campus - City Campus, Hamilton or Online

If you're investigative, intelligent and informed, and you like writing, then this programme is right for you. You'll be equipped with the skills for a multi-media career in journalism or communications.

You'll work on news gathering and writing for print, broadcast and internet; news photography and videography; court, council, and police reporting; media law and ethics; bi-cultural and multi-cultural perspectives, and shorthand. On some projects, such as our online newspaper The Waikato Independent you'll work collaboratively, sharing skills and ideas with students across the spectrum of media arts. You will gain hands on work experience in the media industry, and learn skills such as feature writing, internet literacy and multi-media projects.

If you require flexibility for your study to fit your life, there are two study options:

  • One year full-time studying on campus in Hamilton City, or
  • Two years part-time online, from anywhere.

Programme Content - On Campus

  • News gathering
  • News writing
  • Maths for journalists
  • Shorthand
  • Media law, court reporting, and ethics
  • Current affairs
  • Local government
  • Bicultural reporting
  • Multicultural reporting
  • News photography
  • Features for magazines
  • Features for newspapers
  • Internet for journalists 

Programme Content - Online

Studying the diploma online takes a minimum of two years. The programme is taught almost entirely online, with the exception of the three-week industry experience internship in the second year .The online option is most suitable for those students who cannot attend the Hamilton campus full-time programme. Online study is demanding and students can expect to spend 10-15 hours a week completing course work. We hold a weekly online forum for participants, and all tutors are available by email and through the programme teaching platform, Moodle.

Online Modules Cover The Following Topics:

  • News gathering
  • News writing
  • Maths for journalists
  • Shorthand
  • Media law and ethics
  • Court
  • Bicultural reporting
  • Multicultural reporting
  • News photography
  • Features for newspapers
  • Internet
  • News media industry experience
  • News analysis
  • Magazine features

Work in a Real Newsroom

​You won't be restricted to text books, but work in the community to source material for writing and publishing stories, both in local media and online with The Waikato Independent. You'll gain work experience in a newsroom, and join with design students to produce the daily

Fieldays Exhibitor for the National Fieldays held at Mystery Creek, Hamilton.

Build Your Portfolio

You'll be able to add to your portfolio by writing and publishing regularly in the online student newspaper The Waikato Independent. Visit

Partnerships in the Industry

​Wintec's diploma programme is New Zealand Journalist Training Organisation developed and approved, and designed in close consultation with the industry. Your tutors have a minimum of seven year's professional experience, and you'll 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 print newsrooms during their, and graduates have a high employment success rate.

Editor In Residence

Every year a highly-regarded industry specialist acts as Editor In Residence. This adds a powerful dimension to our highly regarded Press Club, the diploma programme, and as a mentor to you and your fellow students.

Career Opportunities

The National Diploma in Journalism (Multimedia) (Level 5) may lead to employment as a Journalist, Editor, Sub-editor, Television Presenter, Feature Writer, Online News-Writer, Radio Presenter or Media Advisor.

Entry Criteria

  • Candidates are required to have a minimum of 54 credits across subjects including English at NCEA Level 2, or
  • equivalent

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test Score (IELTS) score of 6.0 across all bands; or equivalent.

Candidates who do not meet these entry requirements may be considered for provisional entry (if aged under 20) or special admission (if aged 20 or over): in such cases entry will be dependent on candidates demonstrating a reasonable likelihood of success in the programme.

All candidates will attend an interview during which they will be required to demonstrate good writing skills and an interest in the news media and current affairs. Candidates are encouraged to bring any published work to the interview. Candidates who apply for the online modules will be interviewed by telephone. They also may be required to submit a portfolio of writing. 

Please Note: We are currently updating our 2015 entry criteria. To ensure you receive the correct information for 2015 programme regulations, please download the following pdf document: 

Related Study Options

Wintec also offers a journalism pathway in its three-year Bachelor of Media Arts (Communication) for those interested in pursuing a degree.

Secondary School Students

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​​​About the Faculty

This programme is offered by the School of Media Arts who provide innovative, interdisciplinary education that prepares students for careers in the creative industries.

Experienced staff and state-of-the-art facilities help you develop a unique range of skills and the ability to apply them in the professional world. Check out examples of student work, some of our successful graduates, Media Arts' Industry connections, all the latest news and events, and more.

Why not take a look at Wintec's student newspaper.

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