Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

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Though we are moving forward to accept applications, please note that the East-West Center and the Korea Press Foundation are both carefully monitoring the coronavirus health threat and may postpone or cancel the 2020 Korea-US Journalists Exchange (KUSJE) should the health crisis worsen and travel in August be deemed unsafe. We ask that you remain flexible and provide all required documents by the deadline set so we are able to move forward should conditions permit. The program fee will be fully refunded if the Exchange is cancelled.

American journalists visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, 2015

The Korea-United States Journalists Exchange, launched by the East-West Center in 2005, is co-sponsored by the East-West Center, Korea Press Foundation and Pacific Century Institute to increase public understanding of the two countries and their relationship. The bilingual 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. Following these study tours, all Korean and American participants meet at the East-West Center in Honolulu to share their experiences and new perspectives and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of each country can be improved. A total of nearly 184 journalists, including North Korean defector media, have participated in this program, and Americans have traveled inside North Korea on two different programs. The Henry Luce Foundation was also an early supporter of this Exchange.

 

2020 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

The East-West Center announces that the 2020 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange is re-scheduled for August 23 - September 2, 2020. This 14th Exchange will focus on the Covid 19 pandemic’s impact on the Korean Peninsula, which was already facing tough issues. These include relations between North and South Korea, the US and ROK, and South Korea and its neighbors. The program also aims to give both Korean and US journalists a clear understanding of how the Trump and Moon administrations are managing their alliance relationship despite the tensions regarding Washington’s request that South Korea increases its financial support for US troops stationed there. Additionally, due to the lack of progress in US-North Korea negotiations, the North-South Korea dialogue has been set back; North Korea refuses to progress further with the South until there is more headway in US-NK talks.

The 2020 program will take six Korean journalists to visit Washington, DC and Honolulu, Hawaii; and six US journalists to visit Seoul, Busan and the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. Korean journalists will explore conflicts between North Korea and the United States including the threat of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles; US-ROK relations; regional neighbors; and other current issues. US journalists will focus on President Moon’s actions and policies on inter-Korean relations; US-ROK relations; and South Korea’s cutting-edge information technology and overall high-tech economy. All of these issues will be discussed in light of the Covid 19 pandemic’s impact on both domestic and international relations. The Exchange will end with a two-day dialogue at the East-West Center in Honolulu, where the Koreans and Americans will share their travel experiences and new perspectives; and exchange opinions on how media coverage of US-Korea issues can be improved.

Theme: "2020 - A Year of Tough Decisions and Pandemic on the Korean Peninsula: Relations between North & South, US-ROK, and Neighbors"

Dates: August 23 - September 2, 2020

Korea Destinations: Seoul, Busan and Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea

US Destinations: Washington, DC and Honolulu, Hawaii

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

Who Can Apply: Working US and Korean print, broadcast and online journalists with a minimum of five years of experience.

Application Deadline for US Journalists: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Funding: The 2020 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

Please click HERE to apply to the 2020 Korea-US Journalists Exchange

Application Guidelines for U.S. Journalists:

  • Complete the application HERE; and include
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages)
  • Cover letter outlining specific issues of interest and goals you would expect to accomplish
  • A list of names and contact information for three references

 

US participants are responsible for paying a program fee of $650.00 each plus their health insurance and airline baggage charges.

 

Korean journalists, please contact the Korea Press Foundation (www.kpf.or.kr)

 

Contact Information

Marilyn Li
Program Coordinator, Seminars & Journalism
Professional Development Program
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/seminars

 

2019 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

The 2019 program took six Korean journalists to visit Washington, DC and Honolulu, Hawaii; and six US journalists to visit Seoul, Busan and the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. In the wake of the two summits between President Donald J. Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, Korean journalists explored conflict between North Korea and the United States including the threat of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles; US-ROK relations; and other current issues. The US journalists focused on President Moon’s actions and policies on intra-Korean relations; Korea’s cutting-edge information technology and social media; and South Korea’s economy and trade policies.

Following these study tours, the journalists ended with a one-day dialogue at the East-West Center in Honolulu, where the Koreans and Americans shared their travel experiences and new perspectives; and exchanged opinions on how media coverage of US-Korea issues can be improved.

The 2019 Korea-United Journalists Exchange participants were:

Korean Fellows

  • Ms. Yoo-jin Kim, Staff Writer, Politics Desk, The Kyunghyang Shinmun
  • Mr. Jong-hoon Ha, Reporter, Department of International Affairs, The Seoul Shinmun
  • Ms. Tae-gyung Kim, Editor, Politics Department, The Kookje Shinmun
  • Mr. Jung-jin Lee, Deputy Head of Department, Foreign Affairs & Security Team, Yonhap News Agency
  • Ms. Beechyra Kim, Reporter, Current Affairs 1, Korea Broadcasting System
  • Mr. Sung-hyun Cho, Vice Editor, 8news Team, Seoul Broadcasting System

U.S. Fellows

  • Mr. Daniel Boyce, Military Reporter, Colorado Public Radio, Centennial, CO
  • Mr. Elias Groll, Staff Writer, Foreign Policy, Washington, DC
  • Mr. Martin Kuz, West Coast Correspondent, The Christian Science Monitor, Sacramento, CA
  • Ms. Irene Noguchi, Executive Producer, “Today, Explained,” Vox Media, Washington, DC
  • Ms. Rebecca Palsha, Senior Reporter/Anchor, KTUU (NBC-affiliate), Anchorage, AK
  • Mr. John Rash, Editorial Writer and Columnist, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN