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Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

American journalists visit the Wolsung Nuclear Power Generation plant in South Korea, 2011

The Korea-United States Journalists Exchange, launched by the East-West Center in 2005 and formerly supported by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Korea Press Foundation, is co-sponsored by the East-West Center, the Korea Press Foundation and the Pacific Century Institute to increase public understanding of the two countries and their relationship.  The program offers opportunities for six to eight Korean journalists to visit the United States and for six to eight United States journalists to visit Korea.

The Korean participants visit Washington D.C. and another city in the US while the American participants visit Seoul and one to two other cities in South Korea.  Following these study tours, all Korean and American journalists meet at the East-West Center in Honolulu to report on their experiences and to exchange opinions on how coverage of each country may be improved in the other.

2017 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

The East-West Center announces the 2017 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange scheduled for July 16–24, 2017. This 11th Exchange will explore US-Korea relations under new leadership in both countries. South Korea is set to elect a president on May 9 following the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. In travel to South Korea, six US journalists will visit Gwangju, center of the Democratic United Party, the opposition party that is leading in the polls. Gwangju was also home to the 1980 democratic uprising that led to hundreds of deaths. US journalists will get a close look at the increasingly complex security issues dealing with North Korea when they travel to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) that divides North and South Korea. In Seoul Americans will meet on Korea’s cutting-edge information technology, social media and K-pop culture. Six Korean journalists will travel to Washington, D.C. and Honolulu for meetings on the Korea-US military alliance and the North Korea threat, bilateral trade and Korea-US relations under the Trump administration.

Following these study tours, all of the journalists will meet for a final dialogue at the East-West Center in Honolulu to report on their travel experiences and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of US-Korea issues can be improved.

Theme:

"Bridging the Gaps in Understanding between the United States and South Korea: The Future of the US-Korea Alliance"

Dates:

July 16 – 24, 2017

Korean Destinations:

Seoul, Gwangju, and Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea

US Destinations:

Washington, D.C. and Honolulu, Hawaii

All participants will meet at the East-West Center in Honolulu for a one-day concluding dialogue.

Funding:   The 2017 Korea-US Journalists Exchange is funded by the East West Center, Korea Press Foundation, and Pacific Century Institute.

Sponsors will cover:

  • All international and domestic airfares
  • Ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Lodging in each of the study-tour destinations
  • Program-related meals
  • Cultural activities and networking opportunities
  • Interpretation services during the study tour


The 2017 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange participants:

Korean Fellows

  • Mr. Sehun Chang, The Political Desk Assistant Manager, The Seoul Shinmun, Seoul
  • Mr. Hansik Jang, News & Sports Division Integrated Newsroom TV & Radio News Executive Director, KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), Seoul
  • Mr. Yoonsub Jung, Political Desk Assistant Editor, Yonhap News Agency, Seoul
  • Mr. Chanho Kang, Editorial Board Editorial Writer, The Joongang Daily, Seoul
  • Mr. Jaejoong Kim, Opinion Desk Manager, The Kyunghyang Shinmun, Seoul
  • Mr. Jongwoo Kim, Politics Department Reporter, The Busan Ilbo, Busan

U.S. Fellows

  • Ms. Amy Brittain, Investigative Reporter, The Washington Post, Washington, DC
  • Mr. Benjamin Gottlieb, Reporter/Producer, KCRW Public Radio (NPR for Southern California), Santa Monica, California
  • Mr. Stuart Leavenworth, National Correspondent, McClatchy Newspaper DC Bureau, Washington, DC
  • Mr. Jim Michaels, National Security Writer, USA Today, Washington Bureau, Washington, DC
  • Ms. Hilary Powell, Reporter, WSBT-TV (CBS-affiliate), Mishawaka, Indiana
  • Ms. Margy Slattery, Deputy Editor, Politico Magazine, Rosslyn, Virginia
     
Contact Information:

Marilyn Li
Program Coordinator, East-West Seminars
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI  96848, USA
Phone: 808-944-7727; Fax: 808-944-7600
Email:  journalismfellowship@EastWestCenter.org

You can also check the website for more program information and for a list of all East-West Center journalism fellowships and exchanges at http://www.eastwestcenter.org/journalismfellowships

2016 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

The 10th Korea-United States Journalists Exchange, which took place July 17–25, 2016, marked the continued importance of the Korea-US relationship. With a focus on “Bridging the Gaps in Understanding between the United States and South Korea,” the July program looked at current issues related to US-Korea relations, including the strategic Korea-US military alliance, bilateral trade, and continued North Korea threats. Korean journalists were in Cleveland, Ohio during the Republican convention for a firsthand look at the US presidential nomination process and American politics. US journalists learned about South Korea and US policies on how to deal with North Korea, Korea’s cutting-edge information technology and social media as well as travel the short distance from Seoul to see the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

The program took six Korean journalists to the United States and six US journalists to South Korea met with government and business leaders, academics, non-governmental organizations, media, and other members of the community.  Following these study tours, all of the journalists will meet for a final dialogue at the East-West Center in Honolulu to report on their travel experiences and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of US-Korea issues can be improved.

Theme:

"Bridging the Gaps in Understanding between the United States and South Korea"

Dates:

July 17 – 25, 2016

Korean Destinations:

Seoul, Busan, and Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea

US Destinations:

Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, Ohio

 

All participants met at the East-West Center in Honolulu for a one-day concluding program.


The 2016 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange participants:

The Korean Fellows:

  • Mr. Jinwoo HWANG, Deputy Reporter, Politics and Foreign Affairs, Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), Seoul
  • Mr. Jungwoo KIM, Political News Desk, TV Chosun/Chosun Ilbo, Seoul
  • Mr. Dae Jong KIM, International News Desk, Munhwa Daily Newspaper, Seoul
  • Mr. Sungjin KIM, Staff Reporter, Political Desk, Channel A/Dong A Ilbo, Seoul
  • Mr. Seungkeun KWON, International Desk, Assistant Director, NEWSIS, Seoul
  • Mr. Ji Yeong RYU, Staff, The Department of Foreign Affairs, The Seoul Daily, Seoul

The US Fellows:

  • Mr. Robert BYERS, Co-Editor, Charleston Gazette-Mail, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Mr. Frank DENTON, Editor, The Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville.com, and Vice President for Journalism, Morris Publishing Group, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Mr. Drew HARWELL, Staff Writer, Washington Post, Washington, DC
  • Ms. Susan HUANG, Producer, CNN International, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mr. Ted LAND, Multimedia Journalist, King 5 News (NBC affiliate), Seattle, Washington
  • Mr. Mitchell LANDSBERG, Deputy Foreign and National Editor, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California

Contact Information

Marilyn Li
Program Coordinator, East-West Seminars
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI  96848, USA
Phone: 808-944-7682; Fax: 808-944-7600
Email:  journalismfellowship@EastWestCenter.org

You can also check the website for more program information and for a list of all East-West Center journalism fellowships and exchanges at http://www.eastwestcenter.org/journalismfellowships