Journalism pathway - Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies

The Journalism Pathway in the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies focuses on preparing you for a career in the news industry.

Learn more about the professional demands of the news media and develop the knowledge and skills for a career in journalism. Gain experience in news reporting, different writing specialisations, bi-cultural reporting, media law and ethics. The core papers cover news gathering, and court and local government systems.


This is part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies.

Start date: 2020

Start date: 2021

You need to complete 120 points in total.

Complete the following papers

Choose another 30 points from

More details about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Search for a paper (Arion)

Email pgcommqueries@aut.ac.nz

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

  • News reporter for newspapers, magazines, television, radio or online media
  • Data journalist
  • Freelance journalist
  • Specialist writer
  • Production journalist
  • Web editor
  • Communications professional
Key features
  • Includes real experience in different news outlets
  • Closely linked to AUT’s award-winning Te Waha Nui newspaper and website and the Pacific Media Centre
  • Taught by lecturers who have worked in the journalism industry themselves
  • Staff who are internationally recognised as experts in this field

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