Samuel Clarke

Samuel Clarke

Reporter, 1 News
Bachelor of Communication Studies in Journalism

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The amount of practical experience you get through AUT’s journalism degree is the perfect preparation for the job, says AUT alumnus Samuel Clarke who now works as a reporter for 1 News.

“I had always dreamt of being part of a major news organisation. The AUT work placements were invaluable – they gave me the practical skills that pure theory can’t teach. Even the ways that we studied ran parallel with industry standards.”

Samuel loves seeing the daily news bulletins go live on TV and knowing he had a role in producing them.

The catalyst for journalism careers
A career in journalism had always been Samuel’s goal, and he talked to a number of industry professionals before choosing where to study.

“They all said the AUT degree was a great way to launch myself into the industry.”

He says the tight-knit and collaborative learning community makes the AUT degree unique.

“I don’t know any other degree where there is such a close bond between those who go through it together. Communications by its very nature attracts some of the most exciting and interesting people I’ve ever met. Working in tandem with them is something that forges friendships and memories that are as valuable as the skills you develop.”

Making industry contacts
During his studies Samuel had many opportunities to gain real journalism experience, including spending two weeks in a regional newspaper and one week as a local radio journalist.

“Through AUT I met contacts from a number of industries, and the degree even helped me land a position at TVNZ during my last year of study. AUT offered me a chance to not only get experience at practically any publication of my choosing but helped me line up future job prospects.

“The skills I learned at AUT translate into my work every single day. The writing and research skills as well as the firm understanding of the fundamentals of current affairs are essential for my work.”

Employer comment
“We were looking for someone with a positive attitude, who has strong attention to detail and a passion for news. Sam was employed because he shows promise, is a hard worker and has a great attitude in the newsroom. Sam’s communications degree is a great asset for his role, as the practical side of the course gives you a great platform in understanding the professional world and prepares you for your career after university.”


Nick Baker, Assignments Editor, TVNZ

Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.36pm

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