Journalist Kairīpoata Pepa

Journalists research and produce stories for print, radio, television, websites and other forms of media for social and commercial purposes.

Journalists may do some or all of the following:

  • find and collect news about local or international events and issues
  • research and write stories
  • interview people and record interviews 
  • shoot and edit photographs and videos
  • present stories on radio or television.

Physical Requirements

Radio and television journalists need to have clear voices.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for journalists includes:

  • all types of writing experience
  • radio, television or video work
  • work involving interviewing people.

Personal Qualities

Journalists need to be:

  • enquiring, curious, persistent and patient, with excellent communication skills
  • confident and motivated
  • good at relationship management
  • accurate
  • able to accept criticism
  • good at time management
  • able to work well under pressure to tight deadlines.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for journalists includes:

  • all types of writing experience
  • radio, television or video work
  • work involving interviewing people.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include te reo Māori, English, media studies, design and visual communication, digital technologies, and languages.

Journalists can earn around $42K-$85K per year per year.

Journalists may progress to become editors or chief reporters. Many journalists move into communications or public relations roles.

Journalists may specialise in:

  • broadcasting, including radio or television work
  • print media, including working for newspapers or magazines
  • web journalism, including audio and video work.
Journalist