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Journalism staff

The journalism programme is taught on our Wellington campus by dedicated staff with extensive industry experience and contacts.

Journalism Head

  • Dr James Hollings

    Dr James Hollings

    Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader - Journalism - School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing


    James Hollings’ main responsibilities lie with the Masters in Journalism, and the Editing and Publishing and Investigative Reporting papers of the Bachelor of Communication. He has worked in senior roles in newspapers and radio. His doctoral dissertation was on the decision-making processes of reluctant witnesses, and he has published on the characteristics and attitudes of New Zealand journalists, media reporting of suicide, disaster reporting, and the practice of investigative journalism. He is also interested in journalism psychology, photojournalism, and contemporary journalism practice. He is co-founder of the New Zealand Centre for Investigative Journalism:

Journalism staff

  • Caitlin Cherry

    Caitlin Cherry

    Tutor - School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

    Caitlin Cherry is Director of Content at RNZ National, managing the talk format and day-parts content, including multimedia. She has presented various RNZ shows and worked as a senior producer for the current affairs programme Nine to Noon. She is a very experienced journalist with a background in television, magazines and newspapers.

  • Kelly Dennett

    Kelly Dennett

    Tutor - School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

    I am a Sunday Star-Times news director and journalist, author, post graduate journalism studies teacher and lecturer and teacher of media law and ethics to third year undergraduate students. 

  • Chris Knox

    Chris Knox

    Tutor - School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

    Dr Chris Knox is Data Editor at NZME and the New Zealand Herald. He is an expert in analysing and presenting data in journalism.

  • Richard Langston

    Richard Langston

    Tutor - School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

    Richard Langston is one of New Zealand’s most experienced TV and radio journalists. He is currently a reporter and presenter on TVNZ’s popular Country Calendar.

  • Thomas Livingston

    Thomas Livingston

    Tutor - School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

    Tommy Livingston is an award-winning journalist who specialises in crime and court reporting. He is a graduate of Massey University’s postgraduate diploma in journalism.

  • Destina Munro

    Destina Munro

    Tutor - School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

    Destina specialises in multimedia journalism and has been involved in the journalism education environment for 20 years.  She has a current focus on the merging of photography and video to become an all encompassing multimedia presentation.  Prior to working at Massey she taught on the Whitireia Journalism National Diploma, where she was responsible for the development and application of video-for-web and mobile journalism; and taught radio commercial students the art of publicity and brand photography. In her spare time she is recognised for her  in-camera creative processes and is Licentiate Honours member of the Photographic Society of New Zealand.

  • Associate Professor Sean Phelan

    Associate Professor Sean Phelan

    Associate Professor - School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

    Sean has been working at Massey Wellington since 2003 and has a PhD in Communications from Dublin City University. He teaches and researches in the field of critical communication and media studies. He is the co-editor of Discourse Theory and Critical Media Politics (2011) and Scooped: The Politics and Power of Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand (2012), and his monograph, Neoliberalism, Media and the Political, was published in 2014. From July 2019 to July 2020 he is working as a Senior Research Fellow ar the Department of Communication Studies, University of Antwerp. 


  • Dr Leon Salter

    Dr Leon Salter

    Tutor - School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

    Tutor - School of Humanities Media and Creative Comm

  • Dr Catherine Strong

    Dr Catherine Strong

    Senior Lecturer - School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

    Dr. Strong’s wealth of journalism and public relations practical experience influences her academic teaching and research.   Prior to joining academia, she was senior journalist in such newsrooms as Radio New Zealand, TVNZ, Akron Beacon Journal, and Solomon Island Broadcasting.  Later she was managing director of the successful Wellington corporate media relations company Cabix.  Her research focuses on current journalism practices,  She introduced drone journalism and podcast production to core courses.   Her teaching awards include both on-campus and distance modes.  She recently taught 3 years in the Middle East city of Dubai.  

  • Associate Professor Jim Tully

    Associate Professor Jim Tully

    Senior Tutor - School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

  • Dr Akhteruz Zaman

    Dr Akhteruz Zaman

    Lecturer in Journalism - School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

    I am a journalism academic and interested in the exploration of theoretical and practical issues in journalism to advance our understanding of the occupation from a truly global perspective. Specific areas of my interest include space and journalism, war news, migration news, environmental news, and sources of news. I explore issues pertaining to journalism from a broad social context with a particular focus on the dynamic of social power. I worked as a journalist for long in televisin, news magazine and news agency sectors, and served in a public information service.

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