Ollie Ritchie - Sports Reporter - Graduate Diploma of Journalism

Ollie Ritchie is a sports reporter with Newshub, Mediaworks NZ. As an all-round sports fan, Ollie’s work as a sports news reporter has been the ultimate way to tie his passions into a career.

‘I love telling stories, and believe everyone has a story to tell,’ he says. ‘As a team we’re responsible for bringing the nation their sports news from here and around the world. I’m constantly chasing up different angles on stories and trying to find different stories from around the country.’ 

Ollie initially completed Media and Political Science undergrad study with Victoria University, before taking on UC’s Journalism programme.

‘It was a mixture of returning home and doing what is regarded by many in the industry as the best Journalism course in the country. I knew I would gain the practical, hands on experience I needed to prepare myself for entering the work force. The way it was structured allowed me to work closely with the Journalism tutors and provided a foundation going forward for everything the job was about to throw at me.'

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Emily Spink - Reporter - Graduate Diploma of Journalism

‘As a reporter I'm privileged to be able to connect with people and places that would normally be beyond our reach ... Being able to shed light on the issues affecting readers and viewers around the country every day, is what drives me in my work.’

Emily Spink currently works at as a reporter for The Press. Through her courses in English and Communications, Emily was able to hone her writing skills, while broadening her knowledge of the media industry. The biggest benefit for Emily is being ‘able to apply all the valuable skills and knowledge from my studies to the practical working environments of newsrooms.’

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Max Towle - Journalist - Bachelor of Arts (English/History) / Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism

‘During my Journalism degree I got to do work experience at lots of different companies. I went to Radio Live and got to watch Hilary Barry in action. Met the great hosts at Radio Sport. I even loved my time at the humble Timaru Herald.’

Max is currently working as a feature writer for The Wireless at RNZ National producing long-form articles. It was his passion for writing that led him to his post-graduate study in Journalism. What Max loves most about his careers in journalism is ‘there is always scope for creativity, although in my current role, feature writing allows me to really push the envelope.’

Relevant qualifications: Bachelor of Communication,  Bachelor of Arts

Find out more about studying toward a journalism career at UC Arts.