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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:

M. M.
Studied BA Journalism
at University of the Philippines Diliman , Quezon City
Graduated: 2003

About my college education:
Taking BA Journalism in UP Diliman was a challenging and eye-opening journey for me. As much as the curriculum emphasizes the importance of good writing skills, resourcefulness in gathering materials, and having good journalism ethics, it also gives students plenty of opportunities to see and experience how journalism operates in the Philippine society. Journalism is about uncovering the truth and telling it in a form of a story that people can understand. Thus, it is important for students who aspire to be good journalists to have an open and inquisitive mind so as not to be passive receivers of information; courage to ask the right questions in the gravest of circumstances; and determination to write the most balanced story under the gravest time pressure.

My current job:
As soon as I graduated, I was able to land a job at an International School as writer for the institution's PR and Marketing office. After two years, I moved on to an IT company as web content writer and later on, editor. Currently, due to personal reasons, I am working as free-lance researcher and writer. I also manage an online shop.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I consider my education in UP Diliman practical and beneficial to my career. Aside from writing techniques, my training as Journalism student taught me to be strict with deadlines, vigilant for any type of errors and be always on the lookout for out-of-the-box ideas.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
About three months.

Do I recommend studying BA Journalism:
I recommend BA Journalism to students who are:
1) not afraid to take on dangerous and adventurous assignments;
2) have passion for writing;
3) enjoy traveling and meeting people from all walks of life.

Careers in journalism often do not pay as much as works in other fields; sometimes you get minimum wage, other times you get paid by the number of words in an article. However, there are many side-job opportunities that can make up for this - free-lance research work, book writing, blogging, web content writing, review writing, etc.
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