Journalism interests

Stephen Olsen

I completed a 1-year national certificate in Journalism at Wellington Polytechnic in 1982 and commenced my working life in 1983 as a journalist for Independent Newspapers Ltd. While my career has subsequently taken me into other fields across multiple sectors – from information management to public relations – my early training marked the beginning of strong associations that I have maintained with the journalism profession.

Ways this has been demonstrated:

  • in the 1990s I initiated a project with the NZ Journalists Training Organisation to run its first ever training for journalists on use of the Internet as a research tool, involving: delivering half-day workshops in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch; setting up a website platform; publishing a training handbook; contributing to the 1997 book ‘Digging Deeper: A NZ guide to investigative reporting’
  • since 2000 I have regularly attended and participated in a large number of professional journalism events, including:
  • from January 2014 to February 2017 I re-entered the media industry with roles as:
    • General Manager of NewsRoom Ltd in Wellington
    • inaugural Medianet Editor at Australian Associated Press in Sydney
  • I have also worked over many years as a freelance journalist and writer with articles featuring in print and online at: