Graduate Diploma in Pacific Journalism

Richard PapamatatauSome 8 million people live in the South Pacific. The Pacific region offers cultural diversity, and is one of New Zealand’s biggest sources of migrants and export trade. It is also under threat from climate change, can be a hotbed of political tension and is rapidly becoming a highly contested place for resources. For journalists, the South Pacific is a complex region with a wealth of fascinating stories.

The Graduate Diploma in Pacific Journalism (GradDipPacJourn) is designed to develop more journalists with the specialist skills to report on the South Pacific. You will explore the role of the Pasifika media and the treatment of Pasifika, Māori and diversity issues in the mainstream media. You will learn to analyse and comment on Pasifika political, social, economic and cultural issues, and other issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Addresses the shortage of Pasifika journalists
  • Suitable for anyone who wants to develop journalism skills in and about the South Pacific in as little as 1 year
  • A pragmatic and critically relevant journalism qualification for the many Pacific Islanders (and others) across the region already working in the media
  • Focuses on practical and critical news reporting skills for print, broadcast, narrowcast and digital media
  • Develops a critical awareness of the demands of the local and wider publishing and broadcasting industry in a Pasifika context
  • Opportunity to complete media attachments and a newsroom internship in a Pasifika or mainstream news media organisation
  • Encourages bilingual or multilingual interviewing skills
  • Papers cover ethics, media law and digital media storytelling in a cross-cultural context

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK1309
Level: 7
Points: 120
Duration: One year full time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 3 March 2014

Entry requirements


You take core papers within the Bachelor of Communication Studies in Journalism, which provide the fundamental skills for professional journalism work. In addition, you take Pasifika media papers and are able to choose other electives that reflect your particular interests in the Asia-Pacific region. The core papers include a media industry internship.

The Pacific Newsroom Practicum paper offered in the second semester allows students to create a wide range of media products including films, video, sound, image installations plus traditional print stories and related analysis through a journal. The AUT programme leader is open to other proposals from students who might wish to demonstrate reporting through other means.

916106 Te Pihinga I* (15 points)
147799 News Reporting (15 points)
147824 Pacific Newsroom Practicum (15 points)

147825 Reporting the Pacific Region (15 points)

147826 Maori and Pasifika Media Industry (15 points)

147830 Journalism Law and Ethics (15 points)

SELECT 15 points from:
147732 Editing and Design (15 points)

147789 Radio Journalism (15points)

SELECT a further 15 points from:
146735 Visual Communication (15 points)
146743 Video Production (15 points)
146745 Studio Production (15 points)
147791 Television Journalism (15 points)
147831 Public Affairs Reporting (15 points)

286105 Cultures and Societies (15 points)
287201 Asian and Pacific Issues (15 points)
916304 Te Tiriti O Waitangi: Social and Political History (15 points)
916603 Te Matatiki II: Multimedia II** (15 points)
JOUR702 Mobile Journalism (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 this and other papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Career opportunities

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



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