AB in Broadcast Journalism in the Philippines

The Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism aims to provide students with knowledge and relevant skills regarding journalism in both print and broadcast settings.

This program includes theories and concepts in broadcasting, film and theatre and other aspects of audio-visual communication. It aims to produce graduates who are competent in the use of communication media such as television, radio and electronic media.

What are the admission requirements for AB in Broadcast Journalism in the Philippines?

  • Must have recommendation from high school principal and school guidance counsellor certifying to the applicant’s work and from a prominent member of the community
  • Must have the Original copy of high school card (Form 138A)
  • Must have most recent medical and dental health record
  • Must take and pass the College Entrance Examination
  • Must have a copy of NSO certified birth certificate
  • Must have a certificate of good moral character
  • Must have a copy of high school diploma
  • One 2”x 2” copy of latest photo

How long does it take to complete AB in Broadcast Journalism in the Philippines?

The AB in Broadcast Journalism program takes 4 years to complete.

What subjects are included in the AB in Broadcast Journalism program?

  • Technical and Scientific Writing and Editing
  • Broadcast News Gathering and Reporting
  • Introduction to Mass Communications
  • Mass Communications Practicum
  • The Radio, Drama & TV Writing
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Elementary Foreign Language
  • Business Comm. & Reporting
  • Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
  • Audio-Visual Communication
  • Media Research Techniques
  • News Reporting and Editing
  • Arts / Humanities Elective
  • TV and Radio Announcing
  • Adv. Comm. Arts & Skills
  • Survey of Mathematics
  • Elements of Statistics
  • Electronic Newsroom
  • Methods of Research
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • English Composition
  • Journalistic Writing
  • University Seminar
  • Broadcast Writing
  • Sound Production
  • World Literature
  • Global Societies
  • TV Production
  • Senior Project
  • Speech

What are the career opportunities for graduates of AB in Broadcast Journalism in the Philippines?

  • Sports/news reporters on television or the radio
  • Broadcaster/newsreader
  • Newspaper columnists
  • Nonlinear editor
  • Photographers
  • News editors
  • Researcher
  • Journalists
  • Producer
  • Reporter
  • Director
  • Writer

Reviews of AB in Broadcast Journalism graduates:

W. D.
Studied AB in Communication Arts Major in Broadcast Journalism (slightly different course)
at De La Salle University Manila , Manila
Graduated: 2002

About my college education:
During my time, the first year was all about basic subjects then we took a qualifying exam during the first term of our second year. Those who passed will continue on the course while those who didn't can either shift or wait for another year to take the exam since it's only offered once a year.

Those who passed were divided into 3 majors depending on their strengths based on exam results. The 3 majors were: Broadcast Journalism, Photography and Film. From then on we started taking major subjects. It was fun and enjoyable and hard at the same time. It was fun and enjoyable for me because it's something that I want to do and it's hard because some professors were really tough and such "terrors".

If you want to major in Communication Arts, you have to be good in both English and Filipino (writing and oral), you also have to be always thinking outside of the box and always keep your creative juices flowing. You need to read different materials (i.e. Magazines, Newspapers, etc.). And you need to watch different shows to help give you ideas. You also need to be aggressive and assertive if you want to pursue this course and eventually a career.

My current job:
I am working as a Production staff for Wil Time Bigtime.

Am I using what I learned in college:
Actually, not everything. Most of the things I'm doing now I learned while I'm already on the job. But don't get me wrong. The basic principles and work etiquette instilled by the university was very helpful.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
It took me about a month to find a job and about 5 years to be actually practicing my course. I started working for a Pre-Need company as a trainor which helped me in my people skills for 6 months then I joined the call center bandwagon after and worked for the outsourced US Directory Assistance Company for another 4 and 1/2 years. Then I burned-out and decided to join the TV industry and been working in the same industry up until now.

Do I recommend studying AB in Communication Arts Major in Broadcast Journalism:
I would only recommend this course for those who have great determination and maybe for the "thick-skinned" ones. If you are sensitive, you won't be able to get out alive. But if you are willing to make mistakes and learn from it and know how to deal with the consequences then this course is for you. You need to be always thinking on your feet and you have to be "maabilidad" in case problems arrive so you'll know how to resolve it. It's a continuous learning experience and you get to deal with different kinds of people. The only downside is that the salary is not that much especially if you're on the entry level compared to other industries. But if you love what you're doing it shouldn't be an issue. And a lot of opportunities await you if you are hardworking and good with what you do.
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