Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism


The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism is a one-year programme aimed at preparing graduates for significant careers in journalism. Our graduates can be found in leading newsrooms throughout the country.

At UC, you will receive intensive training in media ethics and law, newsgathering and writing, research and analysis, and multimedia skills. It's hard work and requires commitment - but then, we are talking about a career in the real world.

We aim to produce highly competent and multi-skilled professionals who think critically about their work and care about standards.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism is made up of seven courses. Together, they are designed to produce graduates who are:

  • High-quality critical thinkers
  • Expert researchers across a range of sources
  • Strong writers and editors who can meet deadlines with speed and accuracy
  • Skilled in multi-media reporting
  • Able to work ethically and to a professional standard.

Course advice

You may like to check both the general and specific regulations:

Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism (PGDipJ)

Each year, most, if not all, of our graduates win jobs, many of them before the programme has even finished. Halfway through Term 4, nearly two-thirds of the 2015 class had jobs. In 2013, a majority of the class had job offers before they’d even finished their study and all of our students were working in newsrooms within four months of graduating – at the New Zealand Herald, The Press, TV3, Radio NZ, RadioLIVE, NewstalkZB, CTV, The Star, and various Fairfax community papers – debunking the myth that reporting jobs are hard to find.

The programme has a strong emphasis on practical work, and we maintain a close relationship with the profession through our many guest lecturers. Throughout the year, you will report for local newsrooms and contribute to a range of media, including radio station RDU 98.5 and our own digital news outlet, The Record. Mid-year, you will work at a South Island newspaper and, later in the year, we send you further afield for a capstone internship in a radio, online or print newsroom.

University of Canterbury journalism graduates took out the top two awards at the 2016 Canon Media Awards: Rebecca Macfie (Class of 1987) won the Wolfson Fellowship and best politics feature; Barbara Fountain (Class of 1989) won Editorial Leader of the Year. Tess McClure (2013) won Junior Feature Writer of the Year, UC graduates Katie Kenny (2013) and Blair Ensor (2008) accepted the award for Best investigation for their Faces of Innocents project about violence against children, and Naomi Arnold (2008) won best Lifesyle Feature. Canterbury graduates were also among top finalists, with Talia Shadwell (2011) a finalist for reporter of the year, and Katarina Williams (2005) a finalist for best journalist – news or sport at the radio awards. Their work, along with that of all the winners, is a testament to the vital and compelling journalism that is produced in New Zealand.

Check out the UC Journalism students’ work in their online publication The Record, YouTube channel Journalism UC or their Facebook page.

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