AB in Journalism in the Philippines

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism program (ABJ) is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in the different aspects of writing for newspapers, magazines, as well as in radio and television broadcasting. The program aims to produce graduates who are ethical, competent and have a deep understanding of the production and media’s influence on the society as a whole.

Admission requirements for AB in Journalism program in the Philippines

  • Must have the original and photocopy of the high school report card (form 138)
  • Must have recommendation from High school principal and guidance counsellor
  • 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 the honourable dismissal
  • Must have a copy of the high school diploma
  • One 2”x 2” copy of latest photo

Duration of Bachelor of Science in AB in Journalism program in the Philippines

The AB in Journalism program takes 4 years to complete.

Subjects included in the AB in Journalism program

  • Contemporary Issues & Special Problems in Mass Communications
  • Mass Communication Theory & Research
  • Society and Media Communications
  • Techniques of Vocabulary Building
  • Literature of the Western World
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Chemistry: Man & Environment
  • History of Mass Communication
  • American National Government
  • Law and Mass communications
  • Personal & Community Health
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • Advance Computer Concepts
  • Graphics of Communication
  • Multiculturalism & Media
  • Comparative Mass Media
  • Elementary Photography
  • Principles of Geography
  • Principles of Economics
  • Advertising Campaigns
  • Logic: Critical Thinking
  • Advertising Principles
  • Communication Skills
  • Promotional Writing
  • Contemporary Math
  • History of Civilization
  • Principles of Speech
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Computer Literacy
  • Art Appreciation
  • Feature Writing
  • Ethics in Media
  • TV Production
  • News Writing
  • Basic Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Web Design
  • Humanities
  • PR Practice
  • Biology

Career opportunities for graduates of AB in Journalism program in the Philippines

  • Reporter
  • Assistant Editor
  • Reporter for Newspapers
  • Broadcaster
  • Editor
  • Correspondent
  • Writer
  • Public Relations (PR) Manager
  • Public Relations (PR) Director
  • Public Relations Practitioner
  • Communications Specialist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Information Officer
  • Managing Editor
  • Scriptwriter
  • Researcher
  • Copywriter
  • Lecturer
  • Publicist

Reviews of AB in Journalism graduates:

G. D.
Studied Journalism
at Polytechnic University of the Philippines , Manila
Graduated: 2007

Why did I choose this course:
I took journalism because I liked writing.

About my college education:
It was interesting to study journalism. A couple of memorable experiences such as covering a political protest as part of our photography class, we also had to 'publish' our own newspapers.

Skills and attitude - I think that you would have to be inquisitive and also objective at the same time. Persuasiveness.

My current job:
I'm an editorial analyst for an outsourcing company. I read newspapers/journals/magazines then index the topic of what I read.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I think I learned to be objective. Journalism classes concentrated on the writing part however my work now evolves around editing and processing information which have already been written. being objective allows me to take that information and sort of 'decode' it to differentiate the information from the slant the writer is aiming for.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I graduated may 2, 2007. Took a semi-vacation (almost a month) then got a job august 6, 2007

Do I recommend studying Journalism:
I would recommend journalism to high school students. Contrary to popular belief, there are other career opportunities for journalism graduates aside from the typical network-newspaper job. They could work for magazines, write for blogs or be contributors to various publications. They could also explore opportunities in public relations. Journalism is a fulfilling career since it gives you a peak into the world of other people and you get to cover interesting topics or issues. The salary level may not be that commendable but in the long run I think a good portfolio and experience can go a long way into broadening the career path of journalism graduates.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
If you take journalism and really take a job as a reporter then expect that not a lot of people will like what you report specially if it doesn't put them in good light.
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