The UP Journalism Club or UPJC as it's more popularly known is an academic organization based in the College of Mass Communication at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
The UP Journalism Club had its beginnings at the former College of Arts and Sciences in UP Diliman on October, 1954. At that time there was no College of Mass Communication and the potential of harnessing communication as an industrial tool was still untapped. Then Dean Armando Malay was its adviser, and one of its founding members was Communist Party of the Philippines Chairperson Jose Maria Sison.
The early JC was very much in the fore of student involvement, which reached its peak in the ‘60s - or the First Quarter Storm the first period of mass action and student involvement. UPJC not only came out with the Krisis, a Filipino newsletter, but also played an active part in the call for an autonomous Mass Communication Institute. Its efforts saw its fulfillment in 1968. The tantamount suppression of people’s rights during the country's Martial Law period also took toll on the once outspoken club. UPJC then concentrated on its internal affairs, working for a stronger and a more unified body. Its tradition of criticism and analysis, nevertheless, continued.
By the ‘80s, UPJC found itself on the fore for campaigning for the restoration of the University Student Council, and for student representation in the Board of Regents. The first chairperson of the newly restored council was Malou Mangahas, who was a UPJC member then and who was Editor-in-Chief of the Manila Times.
The UP Journalism Club is committed to the promotion of the professional and ethical standards in journalism through its tradition of critical thought and action.
The formation of educated and well-versed members who uphold the principles of ethical journalism practices.
Academic Year 2013-2014
PRESIDENT: Ma. Alexandra Austria
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: Mariejo Mariss Ramos
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ALUMNI RELATIONS: Hajilyn Javier
VICE PRESIDENT FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Roleen Camille delos Reyes
VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE: Florence May Jose
VICE PRESIDENT FOR INTERNAL AFFAIRS: Christelle Jane Delvo
VICE PRESIDENT FOR MEMBERSHIP: Paul John Garcia
VICE PRESIDENT FOR PUBLICITY: Miguel Alvaro Karaan
Academic Year 2013-2014
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Maria Feona Imperial
Thomas Benjamin Roca
ALUMNI RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Sir Lawrence Agustin
Chlyde Trixia Anne Buenaventura
Krizia Abigail Calucag
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Beata Regina Carolino
Jeanne Camille Hernandez
Melissa Luz Lopez
Beatrice Anne Malveda
Andrea Jasmine Yu
Meryl Louise Brown
Maria Raiza Javier
Stephen Rajero Velasco
INTERNAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Sara Jamel Bangayan
Shara Lein May Cayetano
Mary Bridget Ardelle Costuna
Maria Nicole Cortez
Maverick Russel Flores
Kimberly Ann Pauig
Antonio Lorenzo Regondola
Ylexis Kyle-Michael Rualo
Jodesz Alysa Gavilan
Ma. Angerica Emmanuelle Hainto
Keisha Alena Mayuga
Alumni and Resident Members
Since its founding, UPJC continues the tradition of critical thought and action as more and more members and alumni are shining in their chosen careers in journalism. Among its distinguished alumni are the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Tina Dumlao, Chelo Formoso, Jun Engracia, Chato Garcellan, Margie Espino, Cathy Cañares-Yamsuan, Martin Marfil, and Abel Ulanday, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility Deputy Director and PJR Reports Editor Luis Teodoro, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) Executive Director Malou Mangahas and Multimedia Director Ed Lingao, Socorro Salcedo of the Philippine Star, Chit Estella-Simbulan formerly of Pinoy Times, Yvonne Chua of VERA Files, Marites Vitug formerly of Newsbreak, Cosmopolitan Philippines' Claire Betita-Samson, GMA 7’s Joseph Morong, Dano Tingcungco and Grace dela Peña, ABS-CBN’s Lynda Jumilla, former UP Dean of Student Affairs Armando Malay, former Press Secretary Rod Reyes, Ifugao Representative Teodoro Baguilat Jr., and BBFischer and Co. Director Pomona Caccam.
Campus Journalism Workshop
Since 1994, UPJC has been conducting journalism workshops for elementary and high school students in various parts of the country. As the flagship activity of UPJC to promote and develop campus journalism, the Campus Journalism Workshop or CJW had been held in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Marinduque, Quezon, La Union, Batangas, Mindoro, Pangasinan, Laguna, and recently in selected Metro Manila schools. Over 200 high school students participate in this event.
“Beyond” is UPJC's semestral newsletter. This compilation showcases the JCers’ talents in news writing, investigative reporting, feature writing and editorial writing. Beyond has a circulation of over 500 and is distributed all over UP Diliman.
"Krisis" is a newsletter released whenever pressing national and/or international issues emerge. It also serves as a venue where the organization releases its statements. View the latest issue of Krisis here
"Journeys" is an annual literary folio released to show the creative writing prowess of its members. You can view the latest version of Journeys here
Alternative Classroom Learning Experience
Every semester, UP Diliman holds the Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE) to provide the students with relevant knowledge not normally taught in classrooms. UPJC has been participating in the ACLE to offer the UP students a glimpse of what the real world of journalism is about.
UPJC/Inquirer Current Events Quiz Show
Every academic year the club organizes a Quiz Show which aims to promote social awareness among the students, as this will measure the amount of relevant information known to the students and will encourage them to learn more about their surroundings.
UPJC holds fora, discussions and symposia tackling current and relevant social issues.
Membership is open to all students of UP Diliman. Aspiring members would have to go through an application period before becoming resident members of the club. The residents members of the club are called "JCers".
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