Programmes

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NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN RADIO (FOUNDATION SKILLS)

Course available in Wellington, early and mid-year (18 weeks full-time).
2016 start dates: Monday February 15, and Monday July 25.

Programme Overview

You’ve heard it all your life – now get the full broadcasting experience for yourself! Discover the exciting world of radio and learn all the fundamental skills you need to start towards a career in this dynamic industry.

Gain experience in on-air announcing, radio promotions, copywriting, production and sales while hearing from some of the best talent the industry has to offer.

Programme Outline

  • On-air presentation: Learn the basics of preparing and delivering radio shows for broadcast on our in-house radio stations.
  • Production: Record and mix audio content for broadcast – such as commercials, trailers, music and more!
  • Promotions: We’ll get you out onto the streets and show you how to market our radio stations in fun and exciting ways.
  • Sales: Learn what it takes to sell advertising campaigns and bring in the dollars for your radio station.
  • Copywriting: Bring other businesses to life – learn all the skills for writing radio commercials with flair.
  • Voice: Learn how to get the best out of your voice, use it effectively on the air (eliminate any bad-habits while you’re at it!)
  • Media law: Learn what you can, (and can’t), say over the airwaves.
  • Industry speakers: Some of the industry’s very best talent share their stories and tips on the makings of a successful radio career.

Course fee: $3,751


DIPLOMA IN RADIO JOURNALISM (WITH OPTIONAL ENDORSEMENT IN BROADCASTING OR JOURNALISM) 

Available in Auckland and Wellington – contact us for start dates. (36 weeks full-time).

2016 start dates: Auckland – Tuesday, February 2, and Monday July 25. Wellington – Monday February 15, and Monday July 25.

Programme Overview

The Diploma in Radio Journalism comprises seven compulsory modules totalling 105 credits (six modules for the Journalism option; one module under this option is worth 30 credits, and then one elective is selected to make a total of 120 credits). There is an option to work towards this qualification with an endorsement in Broadcasting.

The Diploma in Radio Journalism (with an endorsement in Broadcasting) comprises the following modules:

  • Radio production – covers basic technical skills and knowledge required of all on-air radio staff.  Includes law and ethics.
  • Multimedia broadcasting – covers the internet, new and social media, photography and videography.

  • Broadcasting presentation – to train students to voice news stories, read bulletins and to present to camera. 

  • Promotions – covers planning, designing and managing a promotion, also covers crossovers.

  • Live Broadcast – covers planning, managing and performing solo and tandem live broadcasts and live crosses.

  • Commercial stream – covers commercial copyrighting and producing promotions. 

  • Podcasting – covers the planning, research, writing, gathering material for and editing of a podcast for the internet.
  • Radio feature – covers the planning and production of long-form radio documentaries.

  • Creative broadcasting – covers the opportunity for students to pitch and develop as a proposal an original idea to enhance broadcasting content.

  • Industry Internship – a minimum 12-week stint developing an in-house radio station.

For the Journalism stream the compulsory modules are:

  • Radio production – covers basic technical skills and knowledge required of on-air journalists.

  • Multimedia broadcasting – covers the internet, new and social media, photography and videography.

  • Broadcasting presentation – to train students to voice news stories, read bulletins and to present to camera. 

  • News reporting – covers finding news stories, interviewing, research, audio and video recording.

  • News production – covers writing and editing material into news items for radio and the internet.

  • Podcasting – covers the planning, research, writing, gathering material for and editing of a podcast for the internet.

The elective modules include:

  • Industry Internship – a minimum 8-week stint working in radio newsrooms for students who meet all criteria, maybe in-house.
  • Video feature – covers the planning, shooting, editing and posting of longer-form video item for the internet.

  • News package production – covers reporting news items and preparing news packages with the material.

Course fee: $6,026

Entry to the Diploma in Radio Journalism

Entry will depend on evidence of communication skills, based on an interview, a short written test and a voice test. Evidence of prior broadcasting (tapes, web links) is an advantage. For the voice test, applicants will also be asked to read a script to enable the interviewing panel to judge whether the voice is suited to radio news.

A writing aptitude test will be applied if candidates are unable to produce evidence of professional writing skills.

Each candidate will be interviewed by tutors involved with teaching the programme. Candidates will also be asked to bring to the interview an up-to-date CV and a one-page letter outlining his or her reasons for wanting to study journalism.