Journalism

Careers in Journalism

Out on assignment

Dasha Kuprienko, Haylee King, Paula Lovegrove and Guy De Salis at Fieldays.

Who will you become?

Courses

Journalists research and present stories on topical events or issues. These could appear in newspapers, magazines, television, radio or online. A work day might involve interviewing people, writing copy to deadline, fact-checking information or editing for an online video.

Wintec offers the Bachelor of Media Arts (Communication) degree and the National Diploma in Journalism (Multi Media), both of which help equip you with the skills for a multi-media career in journalism or communications. Some students choose to complete both qualifications simultaneously within the three year period.

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. Our renowned Press Club lunches give students an exclusive chance to meet and learn from successful media personalities.

The practical real-life experience Wintec journalism students get sets them up for success, with an 83% employment rate (into relevant jobs within six-months of graduating, based on the 2015 graduate destination survey), and our graduates being represented in the Canon Media Awards​ ​​for five years running. 

If you don’t meet the entry criteria for the degree, the Certificate in Media Arts is a 20-week introductory programme that delivers the basic knowledge and skills to prepare for a creative career. If you successfully complete the Certificate, you will be eligible to compete on merit for entry into the Bachelor of Media Arts programme. Journalism enthusiasts still at school might be interested in our one day STAR taster courses in Media Workshop. You can also come in as a ‘student-for-a-day’, which offers the opportunity to sample the Media Arts environment and teaching style before enrolling, or a book a tour to see our facilities.

Questions about our journalism programmes? Contact Team Manager Cate Prestidge on cate.prestidge@wintec.ac.nz.