‘‘If you have a pas­sion, you are not work­ing’’

Study­ing to­wards the Na­tional Di­ploma in Jour­nal­ism (Mul­ti­me­dia) (Level 5) was an ob­vi­ous choice for Ja­cob Page.

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Ja­cob was rec­om­mended to study at Ao­raki Polytech­nic by his step-fa­ther – a news­pa­per ed­i­tor - who was im­pressed with the tal­ent from grad­u­at­ing stu­dents. With a love of sport and strong grounds in English it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore the two com­bined. ‘‘If you have a pas­sion, then you are not work­ing’’. Ja­cob’s first year of study was on Ao­raki’s Cer­tifi­cate in Me­dia Com­mu­ni­ca­tion (Level 4). ‘‘It was fan­tas­tic – we got so many op­por­tu­ni­ties.’’ Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from this pro­gramme, Ja­cob con­tin­ued in me­dia, study­ing the Na­tional Di­ploma in Jour­nal­ism (Mul­ti­me­dia) (Level 5). Ja­cob felt it was the hands-on ap­proach Ao­raki Polytech­nic has to learn­ing that made his time so en­joy­able. ‘‘Ev­ery morn­ing when you wake up, you don’t know what you are go­ing to do’’. He felt the pro­grammes gave him a great taste of the me­dia in­dus­try. ‘‘The in­dus­try is a mil­lion miles an hour’’. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the pro­gramme, Ja­cob earned an in­tern­ship with a ma­jor daily pa­per, gain­ing a pro­mo­tion to Sports Re­porter in Novem­ber 2009. In line with his sport­ing in­ter­ests, he has now in­ter­viewed many of New Zealand’s sport­ing elite, in­clud­ing Cru­saders’ coach Todd Black­ad­der, All Whites’ coach Ricki Her­bert, in­ter­na­tional golf caddy Steve Wil­liams and former top jockey Lance O’Sul­li­van. En­rol­ments for Ao­raki Polytech­nic’s jour­nal­ism and me­dia com­mu­ni­ca­tions pro­grammes are be­ing taken now for a Fe­bru­ary start in Dunedin and Christchurch. Visit www.ao­raki.ac.nz or call 0800 426 725 for more in­for­ma­tion and to en­rol.

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