Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

Te Kura Matatini o Taranaki

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Introduction

As a Journalist, you are able to mould your future to suit your own personal interests and passions. Becoming a Journalist is not just about reporting for a local newspaper, radio station or T.V. channel. With the growing number of news-based websites, many Journalists are reporting across multiple media platforms.

Check out the WITT Journalism facebook page

Journalists can specialise in specific areas such as:

• News and current affairs
• Business and finance
• Technology
• Sport
• Entertainment
• Politics
• Healthcare
• Fashion and design
• Education
• Agriculture and farming

After graduating at WITT you could continue your studies towards a communications degree, giving you job opportunities in the public relations arena.

Students undertaking WITT's journalism programme will have the opportunity to cover many local events and have in the past been media volunteers for WOMAD and the Taranaki Women's Surf Festival.

Head of Journalism -

Robin Martin

Witnessing the roar of 80,000 frenzied football fans at the Fifa World Cup final in Berlin is just one of the many highlights Witt’s head of journalism Robin Martin’s career.

Assigned the job of writing a daily blog for nzherald.co.nz, Robin attended 14 World Cup matches live while reporting on a fan’s life at the 2006 tournament in Germany.

Journalism, says Robin, is a career that allows exponents of the craft the opportunity to witness history in the making, whether it be in the fields of politics, international news, local events, arts or sport.

The tough part is then reporting back to the public as it unfolds in a fair and accurate way, he says.

Trained at ATI in Auckland more than 20-years ago, Robin’s first reporting job was at the Auckland Star and Sunday Star-Times newspapers.

While living in the UK he ran the newsgathering operations of the South London Guardian’s Twickenham and Richmond editions before heading to Germany where he worked freelance.

Since his return to New Zealand in 1998, Robin has held various production journalism jobs at the Northern Advocate in Whangarei, the NZ Business Times in Auckland and left a senior sub-editor’s position at the New Zealand Herald to take up the job at WITT.

Back in his home town of New Plymouth, Robin combines freelance writing and sub-editing with tutoring journalism.

Check out Robin’s current blog at http://taranakichronicles.wordpress.com/

Or contact him at:

Robin Martin
Head of Journalism
WITT
20 Bell St
Private Bag 2030
New Plymouth 4342

Ph 06 757 3100 ext 8721

Mob 021 484 364

Journalism course joins

buzzing newsroom

In 2011, the Western Institute of Technology’s journalism course was relocated to just metres from a buzzing newsroom.

In a first for New Zealand, the Robin Martin-led course is held in office space inside the Taranaki Daily News building in downtown New Plymouth.

“This is the only journalism school incorporated in this way into a daily media organisation in the country,” says Robin of the arrangement with the Fairfax Media publication.

“That’s a huge fillip for this particular course and people who are enrolled in or are attracted to this course, I imagine will be very excited  at the prospect of studying so close to real journalists in a real newspaper. ”

Robin says the National Diploma in Journalism (Multi-Media) course is extremely practical and, over the years, students have had hundreds of stories published in the Taranaki Daily News and its associated website and the Fairfax group website, Stuff.

Many other stories appear in theSouth Taranaki Starand the North Taranaki Midweek, which is also located in the Daily News building.

That’s not to mention those broadcast on local radio stations the Most FM and NewstalkZB.

The course has been operating in the Daily News building for a year now and its editor Roy Pilott is right behind the move.

“I would like to think it adds value to the WITT course because of the position they are in to learn early on about the nuances of working in a newsroom.”

Roy says the students will understand the culture of a newsroom, especially how information is handled confidentially and stories are dealt with sensitively.

“I think there’s a view that we walk in with hobnail boots and don’t consider the sensitivity of people,” he says.

“People just assume we know everything as well and the decisions made are based on 100 per cent information issues, but that’s not always the case. We have to work with what we’ve got.”

Not only do the students get a realistic view of how a newsroom works, they also learn far sooner whether daily news reporting is the industry for them, Roy says.

Another plus is that the students will get to know the Taranaki Daily News staff and vice versa, with students often going out on assignment with professional photographers for example.

 “I’m hopeful and confident that they will recognise the opportunities and the benefits of being here,” says Roy.

Robin is the programme leader but he is assisted by freelance writer Jayne Hulbert, who is also the shorthand teacher.