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AB in Journalism in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism is a four-year degree program that deals with the concepts, theories, and principles of news writing, feature writing, editing, copy reading and advertising. The program equips students with the necessary skills to be able to perform editing, design, and production to all media platforms. It also provides a better understanding of producing opinion, interpretative, and analysis pieces for media platforms.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Journalism are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Introduction to Communication
  • Introduction to Communication Theory
  • Introduction to Communication Research
  • Journalism Principles and Practices
  • News Writing
  • Feature Writing
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Media Ethics
  • Editorial Management
  • Research in Journalism
  • Photojournalism
  • Online Journalism

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Journalism are expected to be able to:

  • Properly use of communication information and knowledge
  • Master the use of different media forms
  • Apply communication theories, principles, and models in development work
  • Conduct communication research and methods
  • Adhere to ethical standards and practices

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in different companies and organizations within the press and media industry including local newspaper organizations, magazine companies, online publications, public relations and advertising firms, television networks, and radio companies. Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

The BS in Developmental Communication does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of AB in Journalism may pursue a career path in different companies and organizations within the press and media industry including local newspaper organizations, magazine companies, online publications, public relations and advertising firms, television networks, and radio companies. They may apply as a media researcher, reporter, feature writer, layout artist, creative writer, sports writer, travel writer, photojournalist, editorial assistant, columnist, or public relations officer.

Reviews of AB in Journalism graduates:

M. M.
◈ Studied BA Journalism
◈ At University of the Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 2003

list bulletAbout 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.

list bulletMy 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.

list bulletAm 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.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: About three months.

list bulletDo I recommend studying 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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