Journalism is about investigating and reporting news about current affairs, arts and entertainment.

This is about writing for a variety of media: newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the Internet.

Studying in this area involves learning how to interview people and investigate stories, and to edit your own and other reporters' stories.

Journalism is also about the legal and ethical aspects of news gathering.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

The first newspaper was published in Strasbourg, Germany in 1605.

Nowadays traditional, paper-based newspapers are increasingly challenged by Internet-based media.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Journalist
  • TV reporter
  • Radio reporter
  • Newspaper reporter
  • Court reporter
  • Science writer
  • Blogger
  • Editor
  • Sub-editor
  • Proof reader
  • Screenwriter
  • Scriptwriter
  • Short-story writer
  • Publisher
  • Documentary maker
  • Journalism teacher
  • Media skills trainer
  • Media studies teacher
  • English teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


126% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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