Brendan McBryde

Brendan McBryde

Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
Newspaper reporter 

Life since graduating from Massey’s postgraduate journalism programme has been, and continues to be, spectacular.  A couple of months out of journalism school, and I found myself working at the Te Anau-based Fiordland Advocate.  

Editorial responsibility became my domain within the first few weeks, so now I fill 90 per cent of the column inches and have virtually free rein to follow the leads I choose. I had more than 100 stories published in my first three months, including more than a dozen front-page leads.

Small community journalism really is a different beast, and it's wonderful to encounter past interviewees at the butcher’s or see the local highway patrol officer championing the town athletics club.

Hard to believe I was a directionless economics graduate a year earlier. Six months out of the course, I was grateful for the piles of publication experience required for Massey’s journalism course, and for the close and critical beat-reporting relationship that prepared me for life under an editor. 

So thanks for everything and all the best with future classes.

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