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Journalism 107-1 (Business Reporting)
Second Semester, AY 2002-2003

COURSE OUTLINE

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Covering developments in business and industry

 

COURSE OUTLINE:

A. Basic Economic Concepts and Overview of the Philippine Economy

  1. Basic concepts (e.g., development, growth, industrial and labor productivity)
  2. Overview of contemporary economic history of the Philippines
  3. Key issues (e.g., GNP/GDP, inflation, cost of living, employment, monetary and fiscal policy)
  • Arao, D.A. (2002). Analyzing Poverty, Income and Labor Statistics. Philippine Journalism Review, 13 (4). August. 39-41.
  • ________. (2002). Lies and Realities in Labor Force Surveys. Bulatlat.com, 2 (33). 22-28 September.
  • ________. (2002). Poverty Statistics as Instruments of Deception. Bulatlat.com, 2 (13). 5-11 May.
  • ________. (2002). Quantifying Economic Reality: Making Sense of Government Statistics. Philippine Journalism Review, 13 (5). October. 32-34.
  • ________. (2002). Reporting Inflation. Philippine Journalism Review, 13 (3). June. 43-45.
  • Felicia, M.F. (2000). Maikling Kurso sa Ekonomiya ng Pilipinas. Manila: IBON Foundation, Inc.
  • Lichauco, A. (1988). Nationalist Economics. Quezon City: SPES Institute, Inc.
  • Pool, J. C., & La Roe, R. M. (1992). The Instant Economist. New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.

B. Business Reporting
(N.B. - group report; professor to provide references but assigned groups are expected to read beyond these)

  1. Defining key concepts (e.g., Business Reporting, Economic Journalism)
  2. History of Business Reporting in the Philippines
  3. Role of an Economic Journalist
  4. Understanding financial documents
  5. Analyzing selected socioeconomic statistics (official and alternative)

C. Selected Pressing Economic Issues

  1. Globalization
  2. Official development assistance (ODA)
  3. Investment and tourism climate
  4. National budget
  5. Government revenue shortfall
  • Selected issues of IBON Facts & Figures, Bulatlat.com
  • Selected issues of Fortune, The Economist
  • Recent issues of BusinessWorld, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star

 

COURSE ACTIVITIES:

Lectures, group reports, writing exercises, workshops, and a symposium

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Papers / Exercises50%
Group Report20%
Final exam20%
Attendance / Participation10%
 100%

 

CLASS SCHEDULE:
(subject to change with prior notice)

November 14, 2002 Orientation / Lecture on Basic Economic Concepts and Overview of the Philippine Economy
November 21Continuation of Lecture on Basic Economic Concepts and Overview of the Philippine Economy
November 28 Continuation of Lecture on Basic Economic Concepts and Overview of the Philippine Economy
Assignment of Group Reports
December 5 Business Reporting (Group 1)
Preliminary status report of January 16 symposium preparations (Group 2)
Deadline: Business News Article
December 12 Continuation of Business Reporting (Group 3)
Business News Articles Workshop (students should read all the submitted articles)
January 9, 2003 Entire class led by Group 2 - final check regarding symposium (e.g., invitation of speakers, venue, other technical details)
January 16 Symposium on the State of Business Reporting in the Philippines or 2002 Yearend Economic Briefing/Outlook for 2003 (title/theme to be finalized, details to be announced)
January 23 Deadline: Business News Feature on Symposium
January 30 Business News Feature Articles Workshop (students should read all the submitted articles)
February 6 Lecture on Selected Economic Issues
February 13 Group Report on Selected Economic Issues (Group 4)
February 20 Deadline: Business Feature Article
February 27 Business Feature Articles Workshop (students should read all the submitted articles)
March 6 Continuation of Business Feature Articles Workshop (students should read all the submitted articles)
March 13 Deadline: Business Column
Distribution of Take-home Final Exam Questions
March 20 Business Columns Workshop (students should read all the submitted articles)
March 27 Integration Activity
April 2 Submission of Take-home Final Exam

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