Graduate Diploma in Pacific Journalism***

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Fiji placement enlightens aspiring climate change journalists

A two-week journalism stint in Fiji, dubbed “Bearing Witness”, has lent new perspectives on the effects of climate change on AUT journalism student Ami Dhabuwala and graduate TJ Aumua.

The project, sponsored by AUT’s Research and Innovation Office (RIO), gave the two aspiring journalists a chance to meet Pacific climate change experts, and experience first-hand themselves the impact of climate change on everyday lives in Daku, a small village in Fiji. 

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Some 8 million people live in what is sometimes known as “The Blue Continent”. It’s rapidly becoming one of the most contested places for resources, is a hotbed of political tension, offers a wealth of cultural diversity, is one of New Zealand’s biggest sources of migrants and export trade and is under serious threat from climate change.

This programme provides a pragmatic and critically relevant journalism qualification to the many Pacific Islanders (and others) across the region already working in the media. It’s also suitable for anyone who wants to develop journalism skills and ability in and about the South Pacific, without enrolling in a three-year degree.

Key features

  • Develop practical and critical news reporting skills for print, broadcast, narrowcast, social and digital media from Aotearoa New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region
  • Develop an analytical grounding in media law and ethics across varied genres
  • Develop digital media storytelling expertise in both mainstream and cross-cultural contexts
  • Analyse and comment on the role of the Pacific media industry and the treatment of Pacific, Māori and diversity issues in the mainstream media
  • Analyse and comment on Pacific political, social, economic, business, literature and cultural issues and other issues in a broad range of geographies and environments
  • Develop a critical awareness of the demands of the local and wider publishing and broadcasting industry in both a Pacific and mainstream news media or ecosystem context
  • Complete media attachments and a practical newsroom internship experience, either in a Pacific or mainstream news media organisation
  • Recognise and encourage bilingual or multilingual interviewing skills.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK1309
Level: 7
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 27 February 2017

Career opportunities

You’ll be able to enter a wide range of journalism and media-related careers in both mainstream and Pacific contexts.

Entry requirements


JOUR700 Journalism III: Depth, Speciality and Data (15 points)
JOUR710 Pacific Newsroom Practicum (15 points)
JOUR711 Reporting the Pacific Region (15 points)
JOUR712 Maori and Pasifika Media Industry (15 points)
JOUR714 Journalism Law and Ethics (15 points)
MAOR601 Te Pihinga Maori Language I* (15 points)

SELECT 15 points from:
JOUR704 News Editing and Design (15 points)
JOUR706 Radio Journalism (15points)

SELECT a further 15 points from:
DIGM603 Visual Communication (15 points)
HIST690 Te Tiriti O Waitangi The Treaty of Waitangi (15 points)
JOUR708 Television Journalism (15 points)
JOUR715 Public Affairs Reporting (15 points)
POLS780 Asian and Pacific Issues (15 points)
SOSC683 Societies, Cultures and Practices (15 points)
TVSP601 Screen Production: Non-Fiction (15 points)
TVSP602 Studio Production (15 points)
or any other media paper at level 6 or above with the approval of the programme leader.

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.
Additional course information can also be found here.

* A substitute language paper may be approved

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

*** May not be offered in 2017

Last updated: 18-Jul-2017 1.55pm

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