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CHED proposes two new Journalism degrees

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is introducing two kinds of Journalism programs in the Bachelor level in its proposed programs, standards and guidelines for the new Journalism curriculum, to be rolled out in 2018, in time for the first batch of K-12 graduates.

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UST Journalism program coordinator Asst. Prof. Jeremaiah Opiniano discusses the possible changes to the Journalism program in 2018, in time for the first batch of K-12 graduates. Photo by Genelaine Urbano.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is introducing two kinds of Journalism programs in the Bachelor level in its proposed programs, standards and guidelines for the new Journalism curriculum, to be rolled out in 2018, in time for the first batch of K-12 graduates.

“We’re trying to align ourselves [with other countries] in terms of educational standards. We’re trying to align ourselves with some international developments particularly in the ASEAN region,” said Asst. Prof. Gerardo Mariano, member of the CHED Technical Committee in Journalism, in a public hearing held at the UST Civil Law Auditorium last Saturday, Jan. 30.

CHED is proposing to offer two different journalism degrees, Bachelor of Journalism (B Journalism) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (BA Journalism).

BA Journalism will be a four-year program with a minimum of 149 units, while B Journalism will be a three-year course with a minimum of 113 units.

Both degrees will have the same general education and core courses, with the exception of the thesis requirement in B Journalism.

In place of the thesis, Mariano said that the B program will have a capstone course which will require students to accomplish a special project.

“There will be free subjects that B Journalism will not take [such as] editorial management, seminar on journalism issues and journalism research,” he said.

Aside from those differences, BA Journalism degree holders can pursue post-graduate studies, while B Journalism degree holders cannot.

Mariano clarified that it is in the university’s discretion if it will add courses to the minimum of 136 units.

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“The university may have institutional leaning courses for example yung UST, we have your favorite courses, Philosophy, Literature which is a nice blend to writing, Theology. Those are added and the university can add those subjects. [It] depends on what do you want your graduate to become,” said Asst. Prof. Jeremaiah Opiniano, coordinator of the Journalism program in the University.

Mariano said that the proposed programs, standards and guidelines is not yet final and prefers to call it a work in progress. “But for the next two years it will serve as the objective standard or basis for the curriculum,” he added.

Balance of theory and practice

A seminar which tackled theory and practice in journalism education was also held before the public hearing.

Speakers emphasized that theory and practice should not be split, but instead a balance of both is needed in journalism education as it requires “knowledge-based applications.”

“If we allow this polarity of positions persists in journalism schools and newsrooms, we might end up with journalists having a narrow notion of truth in their news stories,” said Dr. Diosa Labista, Asst. Prof. of Department of Journalism in University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Labista added that the university is the best place to establish “knowledge-informed journalism” and introduce a more reflective practice to students.

Dr. Marco Polo, president of the Philippine Association of Communication Educators, also said that teachers should also enhance their abilities to be at par and at pace with the students, especially in this multimedia era.

First offered in 1932, the UST Journalism program is the oldest in Southeast Asia and is a two-time Center of Development (2013-14 and 2016-18). -R.S. San Diego/TomasinoWeb

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2 Thomasians among top 10 in 2020 physician boards

Two Thomasians placed second and seventh among the top 10 of the 2020 physician licensure exams (PLE) held last March and September.

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Two Thomasians placed second and seventh among the top 10 of the 2020 physician licensure exams (PLE) held last March and September.

John Marlon Lintan, who emerged second, got a score of 88 percent, while Erika Anne Pañgan, who landed on seventh place, got a score of 87.08 percent.

The University placed fourth among top performing schools and recorded a passing rate of 86.96 percent, with 20 out 23 examinees, lower than last year’s 99.31 percent, with 430 out of 433 examinees.

Maria Carla Buenaflor topped this year’s PLE with a score of 89.17 percent, and Far Eastern University – Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation was hailed as the top performing school.

Right timing

Despite the pandemic, circumstances have been favorable to both Lintan and Pañgan.

In a Facebook post, Lintan expressed his gratitude and encouraged everyone not to allow delays to define their present and future.

A dream delayed isn’t a dream denied,” Lintan said on his Facebook post. “Just strive forward, have faith and believe that there is a right timing for everything.”

For a dream delayed isn’t a dream denied.Posting this as a gentle reminder to never allow delays define what you can…

Jm Lintanさんの投稿 2020年10月1日木曜日

In an interview, Pañgan said she had to wait and make a lot of adjustments before the board exams.

“I originally started my board exam preparations [in] December of 2019 for the March 2020 PLE, but due to the pandemic, our batch had to wait for another 4 months to be given a definitive date for the second part of our board exams,” Pañgan told TomasinoWeb.

During quarantine, Pañgan followed a daily schedule and routine to make sure she’s both on track and living healthy.

“I tried to live healthy indoor spinning class, some arts and crafts, sleep eight to 10 hours a day during the lockdown period,” she said. 

Pañgan admitted that this year’s licensure exam was a “very uncomfortable experience” compared to the March to September PLE last year. 

“It was three times harder than usual but everything is possible when you put your heart and mind on what you do and what you want to achieve,” she said. 

Eight hundred examinees out of 1,424 passed this year with a national passing rate of 56.18 percent, from last year’s 84.96 percent or 4,006 out of 4,715 examinees. With reports from Paolo Alejandrino, Jayziel Khim Budino, and Coleen Ruth Abiog

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Martial law victims slam Marcos day

Martial Law victims condemned the approval of House Bill No. 7137 bill declaring Sept. 11 a non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte to commemorate the birth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. 

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Martial Law victims condemned the approval of House Bill No. 7137 bill declaring Sept. 11 a non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte to commemorate the birth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. 

Bantayog ng mga Bayani Executive Director Ma. Cristina Rodriguez said that it is “harmful to the country’s history” as it could generate misleading facts that can confuse younger generations. 

“Kapag hinayaan mo ang probinsya niya na i-honor parin siya, ang harm niyan hindi lang sa probinsya niya kung hindi sa buong bansa,” Rodriguez said. 

According to Rodriguez, the Marcoses should be held accountable for the youth to understand the atrocities during Martial Law. 

She stressed that Ilocos Norte should instead “be ashamed” as they “fully benefited” from Marcos, while Mindanao was bombed and Cagayan Valley and Samar’s forest were industrially logged. 

“Sa totoo lang ang dapat maging attitude ng mga taga-Ilocos Norte ay bumawi naman kayo. ‘Wag niyo nang igasgas sa sugat ang asin,” Rodriguez said. 

Rodriguez also said that the national government should not acknowledge the bill to “hold a moral position” on the abuses inflicted by the Marcoses. 

“Yung mga nakinabang sa Martial Law at sa panahon ni Marcos gusto nila ‘yan. Dapat yung ating pagsusulat ng kasaysayan at pagtuturo ng kasaysayan ay tama,” Martial Law political prisoner Cris Palabay said. 

Palabay urged the youth not to forget the atrocities during the Martial Law. 

“Huwag po tayong matakot, lagi ko nga po sinasabi yung culture of fear, culture of silence, dapat yan ay labanan, tiyak yan, mas maraming magagandang mangyayari,” Palabay said. 

The webinar, “Francisco de Vitoria: Linggo ng Karapatang Pantao – Talakayang Batas Militar” was organized by UST SIMBAHAYAN Community Development Office to shed light on the abuse of human rights amid the pandemic. Cherizza Mae Bautista

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Filipino environmental advocates demand for ‘better normal’

Filipino youth advocates on climate change and various environmental organizations on Wednesday, Sept. 23, demanded a “better normal” to put everyone, and the environment in front.

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Filipino youth advocates on climate change and various environmental organizations on Wednesday, Sept. 23, demanded a “better normal” to put everyone, and the environment in front.

“As youth leaders, as young people, we have been active in different forms of advocacy work to forward our legitimate concerns on government policies, but particularly those related to environment and climate, and to those policies that will directly affect us,” said youth representative Jeff Estela during the online press conference.

Estela stressed the recent suppression of the freedom of speech, following the passage of the Anti-Terror Law.

Last July, youth environmental activist Greta Thunberg called to repeal the said law, citing that it equates environmental activism with terrorist activities.

“With the current move and actions of the government, this can be used to intensify the intimidation, fear-mongering, and the present attacks on the environmental defenders and advocates,” Estela said.

Environmental lawyer and activist Atty. Antonio La Viña emphasized the need of the youth to make strong demands, and to take direct action to appeal to the decision makers.

“I think the time now is to be really radical about the solutions,” he said.

La Viña highlighted the benefit of listening to indigenous people, as it will prevent further damage in nature such as the construction of Kaliwa Dam.

Yung climate change is not about carbon. It is not about emissions, ‘di ba? It’s not about markets. It’s on people,” he said. “Tao. Lalo na mahihirap.

Transition of renewable energy, according to La Viña, produces sustainable and cheap energy for everyone.

“Renewable energy is the future, the economics are there for it, and we just have to take very strong action to go to the transition very close to energy,” he said.

The online press conference, “National Youth Demands: Youth Declaration for Climate Justice,” with the theme “Para sa Klimabukasan,” was organized by Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines in solidarity with global movements inspired by Thunberg. Vhey Dela Cruz Tapia

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