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New Zealand Diploma in Journalism (Level 5)

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Diploma

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

Wintec

Summary

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'll 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.

You'll put all these skills into practice publishing work on our online newspaper The Waikato Independent, and with our mainstream media partners. You will work collaboratively on cross-disciplinary projects with other students and gain hands on work experience through internship placement in a relevant media company.

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

  • Qualification equivalent to NCEA Level 2 or
  • A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 3 or above or
  • Equivalent

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
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

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