Journalism training: Wintec journalism students and tutors. Photo: Naomi Johnston
Class of 2014: Wintec journalism students and tutors. Photo: Naomi Johnston

Study journalism at Wintec


At Wintec in Hamilton, journalism is taught as a project-based, career-driven course.

We are committed to excellence and we think the results speak for themselves. Our students write front-page lead stories for mainstream media while still on the course. They also learn photography and videography, essential skills for those entering the multimedia news workplace.

Our students write front-page stories
Our students write front-page stories

We are proud that our students have won the prestigious Canon student journalist of the year award three times in the past four years.

The journalism tutors are all industry-experienced, and the course has close contacts with relevant media. Local editors sit on our advisory board and we are accredited by the national industry body, Competenz.

As a Wintec student you will be placed in a newsroom as soon as possible during your studies ‚Äď in most cases we get you into a newsroom in the first half of the course, and we continue to actively link you with industry until the end of the year.

The Wintec newsroom is on the city campus in the heart of Hamilton allowing easy access to the major news-breaking sites.

The backbone of our teaching is the online newspaper Waikato Independent, which is edited by your colleagues and tutors, and allows you the opportunity to publish your writing, photography, sound slides and video on a daily basis.

We emphasise project-based teaching, and as a member of our Fieldays news team you will be part of the only student newsroom in the country to design, write, photograph and produce a daily newspaper and linked website. 

Our editor-in-residence will act as your mentor, advising on your work and on career options and opportunities.

Our journalism courses

National Diploma in Journalism (multimedia)

This one-year diploma is often used by graduates as a ‚Äútoolbox‚ÄĚ qualification to add marketable skills to theoretical degrees.

The diploma is the only recognised entry qualification in most NZ news journalism. It concentrates on teaching the writing, interviewing, and multimedia skills now needed by journalists. All diploma students work in industry from their second quarter of study.

Students on the course usually are either graduates or have after-school life experience.

National Diploma in Journalism (multimedia) Online 

Wintec is the only institution to deliver the diploma completely online. This is a part-time two year course of study, largely self-paced, and taught through moodle, our online learning platform. It is ideal for those who want a recognised qualification but cannot access a tertiary institution campus.

Bachelor of Media Arts

Wintec’s three-year degree has a dedicated pathway in journalism. The degree is combined with the National Diploma in Journalism (multimedia) so students finish their three years’ study with both qualifications.

The BMA is the route most commonly selected by students just out of school who wish to move into a media career.

To enrol

If this all sounds like it might be you, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to drop us an email. ¬†You can reach¬†journalism co-ordinator Charles Riddle ¬†at ¬†or journalism lecturer Richard ¬†Walker ¬†at Alternatively, read more about our courses¬†here¬†– it includes a link to an online enrolment form.