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Be a Journalist for a Day

Be a Journalist for a Day

The journalism department at Waiariki Institute of Technology will be abuzz with interviewing, pencils scribbling on paper, tapping on keyboards, cameras clicking and enquiring minds finding out what it will be like to train as a journalist.

The chance to be a journalist for a day, to interview someone, write a story and discover how to train to become a journalist is being offered on Saturday, January 17 from 10am till 3pm at Waiariki’s Mokoia Campus in Rotorua. There is no cost, but bring own lunch.

“Journalist for a Day is for anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to report the news for papers, radio or television or thought about training to be a journalist. Anyone who loves to write or has an enquiring mind should come along,” says Annabel Schuler, programme leader for Journalism at Waiariki.

There has been an excellent success rate in placing students in the industry. After studying the Diploma in Journalism in 2002, Anzac Pikia went straight into working for TVNZ as a current affairs reporter for Maori Television. He is one of two Waiariki journalism graduates currently working on Te Karere. Career options will also be explored during the day.

The next journalism courses start in Rotorua on February 16. “This taster day is perfect timing for people looking to study journalism this year,” says Ms. Schuler. Register your interest by calling Marlene on 0800 924 274 or visit to find out more.

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