National Diploma in Journalism (Multimedia)

Southern Institute of Technology
Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
1 year
Tuition fee (local)
Contact the university / college
Tuition fee (foreign)
USD 9,660

Entry Requirements

  • All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in journalism and have academic attributes which indicate they have a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme.
  • Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age, with a minimum of four years secondary education. 
  • Applicants may be required to complete basic tests in current affairs, grammar and spelling, and may be advised to submit a portfolio of published work or samples of writing.
  • Applicants may be required to participate in an interview where they are expected to demonstrate a realistic understanding of journalism as a craft and career choice, a broad general knowledge and the maturity, personal and academic attributes to undertake the course with a reasonable likelihood of success.
  • School leavers should have attained a minimum of 12 NCEA credits at Level 2 or above in each of four subjects with 18 credits or more in literacy Level 2 or above. 
  • For mature students the entry requirements listed above may be applicable.  Applicants over 20 years of age with relevant experience and aptitude that indicates a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme.
  • Complete Certificate or Diploma at Level 5
  • IELTS Score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5


  • Write shorthand at 80 wpm and transcribe to produce required information
  • Gather and record information and plan news stories for publication and broadcast
  • Write a variety of news stories for publication and broadcast
  • Interpret and use numerical data to write news stories, and write instructions for the production of an infographic
  • Write news stories from court and related activities, and demonstrate media law and ethics knowledge
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current affairs, the role of the news media, and newsroom requirements
  • Write news stories from local government activities for publication and broadcast
  • Write a news feature on a topic relating to Māori for publication or broadcast
  • Write a news feature about diversity in New Zealand's population
  • Develop and write a feature article for publication
  • Produce photographs and an internet slide show from news assignments for publication
  • Subedit and lay out a page for publication
  • Gather material from the internet and write news stories for publication on an internet news site

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