In 2001, businessman Dr. Dante A. Ang acquired ownership and operation of The Manila Times, the oldest newspaper in the Philippines.
Heralding a new beginning in the print industry, the publisher also embarked on a unique venture later in the same year. He established the first ever mass media institution in the county to be run by a newspaper called The Manila Times School of Journalism.
It was then duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under SEC registered No. A200113698 on November 19, 2001.
The institution further grew and became The Manila Times College (TMTC) that now offers a full-fledged three-year baccalaureate program through its School of Journalism in Manila.
Asked why he established a training ground for future journalists by professional journalists, Dante Ang 2nd, president and executive editor of The Manila Times, in an interview for www.josiahgo.com, shared, “The Manila Times College was created to fill a need. We needed to hire fresh graduates who were also competent journalists. We also noticed something missing in the skills set of new graduates, and that was practical experience in reporting and composing stories.”
To achieve this, TMTC Manila carries specialized subjects to enhance the students’ writing and speaking skills like English proficiency, Print and Broadcast (TV and Radio).
These are all on top of the regular subjects prescribed by the Commission on High Education.
The Manila Times College provides high-end facilities for training in print and broadcast journalism. With its tie-up with The Manila Times newspaper, students enjoy free and unlimited access to the editorial and production facilities of the newspaper. As such, they experience hands-on training in news and feature writing, layout, and newspaper production.
“We have evolved to be a teaching newspaper, the only one in the country and perhaps in Southeast Asia. And so at our school, we provide students with the academic preparation along with the practical experience in working with a national daily from Day One,” concluded Ang.