Chris Bramwell

Chris Bramwell

Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism

Political Journalist, Radio New Zealand

 I am a political journalist for Radio New Zealand, working in its Press Gallery office at Parliament.  My first job was as the Taupo branch office reporter for the Rotorua Daily Post

I then moved to RNZ after a year as a general reporter specialising in environmental and science stories.  After a year in the newsroom I starting working in the Press Gallery, first on secondment and then on a permanent basis.

I chose Massey mostly because of the location: I like Wellington city and it's close to my family and friends.  But also because I had met a lot of journalists who had done the course and recommended it, and some senior journalists whose work I admired were trained there.

I thought the programme provided an excellent grounding in news-gathering and writing.  I especially valued having a former journalist with more than 20 years experience in the industry as a lecturer.

The Diploma was hugely effective in kick-starting my journalism career.  I would have struggled to get to where I have so quickly without having completed the course.  When I did the programme in 2004, students had to have 50 articles published by the end of the year. 

In  August that year I was behind where I needed to be, so I rang the Rotorua Daily Post and asked if I could spend a week in their newsroom during the semester break to boost my story count.  I realised the moment I sat down in the newsroom that I knew exactly what to do, and that I had been well-trained. 

At the end of that week the editor offered me a sole-charge position starting immediately after the course finished.  I have the Massey University Grad Dip J to thank for that job.

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