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One of the coun­try’s largest me­dia ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres is be­ing es­tab­lished at Whi­tireia Com­mu­nity Polytech­nic’s Cuba Mall cam­pus.

The Whi­tireia jour­nal­ism and pub­lish­ing schools will be joined at the cen­tral Welling­ton cam­pus by the re­cently acquired NZ Ra­dio Train­ing School and the poly­tech’s cre­ative writ­ing school is to be­come the Whi­tireia NZ Me­dia Train­ing Cen­tre early next year.

Whi­tireia dean of arts Kaye Ju­jnovich said she is de­lighted about the plans.

Al­though she would not dis­close how much the makeover would cost, she said it will be money well spent.

The new cen­tre will fill the en­tire first floor of the for­mer Welling­ton Work­ing­men’s Club near the bucket foun­tain, premises Whi­tireia re­built in 2008.

Record­ing stu­dios, pro­duc­tion suites and other me­dia-re­lated fa­cil­i­ties will be added.

The Ni­uFM ra­dio sta­tion will also re­lo­cate to the cam­pus, pro­vid­ing an out­let for prac­ti­cal ra­dio work for jour­nal­ism stu­dents.

Op­er­ated by the Pa­cific Me­dia Net­work (along with 531PI), the sta­tion broad­casts na­tion­ally and the net­work wants to boost its pres­ence in the Welling­ton re­gion.

It will work with Hol­lah FM, a Porirua-based Pasi­fika sta­tion that was re­cently taken over by Whi­tireia.

As part of the devel­op­ment, Whi­tireia Jour­nal­ism School will launch a third new pro­gramme at the cam­pus, the Diploma in Ra­dio Jour­nal­ism, the only course of its kind in New Zealand.

It joins the new Cer­tifi­cate in Multimedia Jour­nal­ism launched ear­lier this year and the Na­tional Diploma in Jour­nal­ism (Multimedia), which was re­lo­cated from the Porirua cam­pus in 2008 and com­pletely re­vamped and ex­panded.

With more than 70 jour­nal­ism stu­dents com­ing through the doors each year, Whi­tireia will match Auck­land Uni­ver­sity of Technology as the coun­try’s biggest jour­nal­ism ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion.

The Diploma in Pub­lish­ing is the only one of its kind in New Zealand and half of those who grad­u­ated from the pro­gramme this year were of­fered jobs by pub­lish­ers around the coun­try be­fore they fin­ished their train­ing.

The pub­lish­ing pro­gramme will be ex­pand­ing in 2011, of­fer­ing for the first time a Book Edit­ing Mas­ter­class and an an­nual Te Reo Maori Schol­ar­ship.

Whi­tireia Jour­nal­ism School head Jim Tucker said the poly­tech coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to ap­prove the new cen­tre will see fruition for plans orig­i­nally laid in 2007.

‘‘So many things have changed in the news me­dia over the past cou­ple of years, and this cen­tre will see us full equipped to train the multimedia jour­nal­ists of the fu­ture,’’ he said.

The cen­tre will have multimedia – web, print, ra­dio and video – fa­cil­i­ties to en­able stu­dents to emerge ready to face any news me­dia-re­lated job.

Whi­tireia’s jour­nal­ism stu­dents num­bered in sin­gle fig­ures in 2007 and cour­ses faced clo­sure.

The school is the only one to have its own news web­site, Newswire. co. nz, which pub­lishes stu­dents’ work and en­sures they are fully con­ver­sant with we­bre­lated me­dia de­vel­op­ments.

The new ra­dio diploma, which will start on April 4, will ini­tially take 15 stu­dents, who will spend a se­mes­ter at the school be­fore go­ing out to the ra­dio in­dus­try to work in news­rooms.

Next year, the school plans to de­velop a range of short cour­ses in me­dia pho­tog­ra­phy, video re­port­ing for the web, blog­ging and web edit­ing.

It will also have level 3 NCEArel­e­vant ‘‘boot camp’’ cour­ses for se­nior sec­ondary stu­dents in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing jour­nal­ism as a ca­reer.

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