Journalism Major - Bachelor of Communication Studies

Study journalism and learn the practice of multimedia journalism in AUT’s state-of-the-art newsroom and production facilities.

Kickstart your journalism career in an exciting and fast-changing media landscape that remains essential to an informed society. Study at a journalism department known nationally and internationally for its research, programmes and the industry experience of its lecturing team.

Technological change has transformed the world of journalism. But behind the digital wizardry of today, the principles at the heart of all good reporting – accuracy, fairness and ethical truth-telling – are as fundamental and important as they ever were. Professional journalism skills, including high-quality writing, the ability to verify information and a talent for interviewing, are needed to cut through the noise. And that’s why AUT graduates are in strong demand.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Communication Studies.

At AUT, you’ll gain experience in news reporting across multiple platforms and the sub-genres of journalism, including daily news work and investigative feature writing. You’ll also study bicultural reporting, cross-cultural reporting, and media law and ethics.

Learn on the job in our celebrated Te Waha Nui newsroom, taking part in live reporting and the publication of your stories. You’ll take your newfound reporting talents and develop them further during an internship at one of a range of leading news organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand. Editors know our students produce publishable work and strongly support our programme.

Most courses last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree).

Te Waha Nui website

Pacific Media Centre website

Year 1

You study the following courses:

Year 2 and 3

You study the following courses:

And study the following courses:

You also complete courses from your second major and your chosen minor(s).

Enrolment in courses is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of courses

Majoring in journalism will prepare you for a wide range of roles, including:

  • News reporter for newspapers, magazines, television, radio or online media
  • Freelance journalist/specialist writer
  • Production journalist, web editor or producer
  • Researcher/communication specialist

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Journalism Careers

Key features
  • AUT-educated journalists now play leading roles in news outlets around the world
  • Practical newsroom experience as you publish text, audio and video to our award-winning news site
  • Workplace experience in local or national news outlets
  • Experience running a news team
  • Learn from highly skilled staff who are internationally known for their industry expertise
See yourself as
  • An inquisitive truth seeker
  • A hunter and gatherer of news
  • Investigative and curious
Lachlan Waugh
Aaron Lawton
Todd Hewitt
Irra Lee
Leena Tailor

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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