At undergraduate and postgraduate level there are a variety of ways that you can build on your classroom learning. Our activities and projects are designed specifically for you to put theory into practice. This page has links to supported sites that range from AUT's student radio station, student journalism - Te Waha Nui, public relations projects (not for profit) and access to the Pacific media Centre's news links. This is a sound reflection of what is happening within the school's wider range.
Informed journalism and media research contributes to economic, political and social development and AUT University's Pacific Media Centre – Te Amokura – seeks to stimulate research into contemporary Māori, Pasifika and ethnic diversity media and culture production. The PMC produces Asia-Pacific news and current affairs publications, including Pacific Journalism Review, Pacific Nius, Pacific Scoop, Pacific Media Watch and Toktok and media books.
JMAD, the Centre for Journalism, Media & Democracy, is an AUT research centre aiming to make AUT University a centre of excellence for journalism and media scholarship. The center will foster individual research projects including higher degree study for members, and it will also develop collaborative and funded research projects.
The main research areas of the centre are:
- Media & Communication ownership patterns in Aotearoa – New Zealand
- History of Journalism and Media in Aoteaora – New Zealand
- Journalism and Human Rights
- Journalism in the digital age
- Political economy of media organisations
- Media, democracy and the public sphere
- Global Media and Communication
Static 88.1fm is AUT's student radio station, run by year-three students of the Bachelor of Communication Studies majoring in radio. The students are involved in the day-to-day operation of the radio station, including managing the station, developing the playlist, writing and producing all elements of on-air content and also promoting the station.
Student-run public relations consultancy . Each year, from July to November, AUT’s final-year PR students run their own Public Relations Agency called Outside the Square. This unique programme has helped hundreds of not-for-profit organisations achieve excellent PR results often for little or no budget.
Te Waha Nui Online is the sister publication to AUT University’s training newspaper Te Waha Nui, published out of the university’s longstanding and celebrated journalism programme. The site publishes the work of journalism students on the Bachelor of Commuication Studies and Post-graduate Diploma in Communication Studies.
The Centre seeks to encourage research into the current and historical state of the performance professions – defined as acting, music, dance - in theatre and the audio-visual media. A particular focus is on the role of film and television narratives, including in the latter documentaries, as performances that play a key role in the representation of public images of personal identity, community, nationhood and citizenship.
Currently, the main research areas of the Centre are:
- National Film Policy and Global Hollywood
- The social organisation of the acting profession in New Zealand
- Stardom and Celebrity
- The impact of digital media on acting.
- The Political economy of Hollywood