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Study in New Zealand (AUT)


Auckland University of Technology

(Semester 2: July-November)

Creative practice (30 points)

Develops knowledge and understanding of creative and applied practice. Focuses on the professional, historical and cultural issues relating to professional practice of journalism. Evaluates individual and group-based initiative in developing and presenting practice-based and creative work within an appropriate critical context.


On successful completion of this paper students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate high level proficiency in the generation, writing and sub-editing of publishable news stories
  2. Operate effectively individually and in teams to identify different types of news and plan a news agenda
  3. Demonstrate effective skills in the techniques of newsgathering and research for print, broadcast and online media
  4. Apply a critical knowledge of current affairs to their own news selection choices
  5. Interact effectively with the major sources of local, political, social, cultural and rounds-based news in the context of New Zealand and global mediascapes
  6. Critically engage with the literature and debates that comprise the broad field of ethics and the evolution of applied ethics in journalism practice.


Strand Weighting Learning Outcome

Assignment 1: News stories, interviews and reflective essay (30%)

Assignment 2: Radio research, production and interview (30%)

Assignment 3: Package and voice report (40%)

25% 2,3
Advanced News Reporting

Assignment 1: Portfolio of four specialist stories (60%)

Assignment 2: News feature and reflective essay (40%)

50% 4,5

Assignment 1: News sequence (25%)

Assignment 2: Reports ‘as live’ (25%)

Assignment 3: Vox pops (25%)

Assignment 4: Interview (25%)

25% 2,3

Asia-Pacific Journalism Studies (15 points)
Introduces advanced studies in comparative journalism and media globalisation with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. The political economy of the media in selected regional countries is examined. As well as the contextual media environment, this paper offers opportunities for in-depth regional reportage on cultural, environmental, political, governance, national development, social, media freedom and law issues.

There is a Special Projects assignment to Fiji in the mid-semester break 2015 linked to APJS on application.


On completion of this paper, successful students will be able to:

  1. Develop a critical understanding of comparative journalism studies and media globalisation
  2. Research and evaluate the political economy of the media in selected countries in the Asia-Pacific region
  3. Develop and manage a portfolio of in-depth specialist reportage
  4. Research and discuss relevant applied theoretical perspectives, and deploy these perspectives as part of the conceptual development of the practice of journalism


Assignment 1: Seminar presentation (groups) Week 7 20%
Assignment 2: Portfolio (stories 1, 2 & 3) Weeks 5, 8 and 10 50%
Assignment 3: Exegesis Week 13 30%

Public affairs reporting (15 points)

Covers gathering and writing news about publicly-accountable bodies, both local and national, with particular emphasis on Treaty of Waitangi and multi-cultural, identity and diversity issues.


On successful completion of this paper students will be able to:

  1. Operationalise knowledge of the structures and proceedings of local and central government systems and of the reporting of local body and parliamentary proceedings.
  2. Apply knowledge of reporting on Treaty issues and Treaty-related organisations as well as investigating the relationship between the Treaty and the media.
  3. Critically engage with knowledge of how the media handles different cultural viewpoints and how it reports diversity and identity issues.
  4. Generate story ideas and write them up in a newsroom environment


  1. Political reporting
  2. Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its importance to bi-cultural reporting
  3. Identity and diversity affairs
  4. Marae protocol and waiata
  5. Bias, prejudice and racism in the media


Assignment one: Portfolio of news stories 40%
Assignment two: Reporting from cultural hui 20%
Assignment three: Essay 40%

Special Topic – Project at the Pacific Media Centre (15 points)

Offers an opportunity for students to develop a creatively focussed journalism project relevant to the theme of inclusive journalism and reporting the Asia-Pacific region. Constructs and fosters an analytical approach to the design and implementation of a higher level project. Students will design, complete, evaluate and present a self-directed major project with either an academic or a creative focus.


Assessment is based on learning outcomes from a negotiated project contract.


Journalism project 100%

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