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, a UPJC member then, who also became 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 skilled members who uphold the principles of professional and ethical journalism.
Academic Year 2016-2017
PRESIDENT: Paul Domalaon
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: Bryan Gonzales
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ALUMNI RELATIONS: Pamela Castro
VICE PRESIDENT FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Nicole-Anne Lagrimas
VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE: Faith Brown
VICE PRESIDENT FOR INTERNAL AFFAIRS: Christian Venus
VICE PRESIDENT FOR MEMBERSHIP: Darien Bas
VICE PRESIDENT FOR PUBLICITY: Nica Cruz
Academic Year 2016-2017
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Allan Yves Briones
Meeko Angela Camba
Maria Luisa Morales
Ma. Luisa Pineda
Thomas Benjamin Roca
ALUMNI RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Denise Maisie Joven
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Arvin Carlo Sicat
Laine Marie Bringuelo
Anne Uriel Guiang
Rose Ann Solo
INTERNAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
John Remil Isaga
Jenele Grace Mane
Angelle Rose Braganza
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 process before becoming resident members of the club. The residents members of the club are called "JCers".