Journalism pathway - Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies

The Journalism Pathway in the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies focuses on preparing you for the news industry. You learn about the professional demands of the news media and develop the theoretical knowledge and technical competencies required to meet those demands. You 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.

Papers - 120 points in total

JOUR803 Journalism Law and Ethics (15 points)
JOUR807 News Reporting (30 points)
JOUR808 Audio-Visual News Production (15 points)
JOUR809 Newsroom Production (30 points)

SELECT another 30 points from:
ADVT880 Understanding Brand Communication in a Culture of Promotion (15 points)
ADVT881 Brand Communication Studio (15 points)
ADVT883 Brand Stories (15 points)
ADVT884 Not-for-profit Communication (15 points)
ADVT885 Retail Engagement (15 points)
ADVT886 Social Marketing (15 points)
CIND801 Critiquing Creative Organisations (15 points)
CIND802 The Creative Industries, Culture and the Market Place (15 points)
COMM801 Popular Media and Contemporary Society (15 points)
COMM802 Practice-Based Research Methods (15 points)
COMM803 A Political Economy Approach to the Media (15 points)
COMM804 Celebrity Culture: Media and the Social Organisation of Fame (15 points)
COMM805 Cooperative Education (30 points)
COMM806 Media Communication Reading Paper (15 points)
COMM807 Media Communication Research Methods (15 points)

COMM810 New Media and Society (15 points)

COMM811 Project (30 points)
COMM812 Selected Topics in Media Communication Practice (15 points)
COMM814 Global Crises and the Media (15 points)
COMM815 Mediated Political Talk (15 points)

DIGM801 Online and Social Media Management (15 points)
DIGM802 Digital Visual Communication (15 points)
DIGM803 Interactive and Mobile Media (15 points)
DIGM804 Moving Image (15 points)
DIGM805 Web Media (15 points)
DIGM806 Transnarrative (15 points)
DIGM807 UI / UX Engagement (15 points)
DIGM808 Digital Strategies (15 points)
JOUR800 Magazine Journalism (15 points)
JOUR801 Asia-Pacific Journalism Studies (15 points)

JOUR802 Investigative and Agenda-Setting Journalism (15 points)

JOUR804 Journalism Theory and Practice (15 points)
JOUR805 News Editing and Design Workshop (15 points)

JOUR806 Public Affairs Reporting Workshop (15 points)

JOUR810 International Journalism Project (15 points) (More information)
PUBL801 International Public Relations (15 points)
PUBL802 Journalism and Media Relations (15 points)

PUBL803 Strategic Public Relations (15 points)

PUBL804 Public Relations Concepts and Critique (15 points)

PUBL805 Public Relations Project (30 points)

PUBL806 Global Communication Project (15 points)

PUBL807 Health Communication (15 points)

PUBL808 Advocacy and Activism (15 points)

RADC801 Radio (15 points)

TVSP801 Practical Screen Production (15 points)

TVSP802 Advanced Non Fiction Screenwriting (15 points)

TVSP804 Documentary Studies (15 points)

TVSP805 Producing for the Screen (15 points)

TVSP808 New Directions in Screen Production (15 points)

TVSP809 New Zealand / Pacific Documentary Studies (15 points)

TVSP810 Screen Project: Directing (15 points)


Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.

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

Please email pgcommqueries@aut.ac.nz for programme information and availability of papers.

Last updated: 01-Mar-2018 3.45pm

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