Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

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American journalists vist 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 160 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.

 

2018 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

The East-West Center announces the 2018 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange, scheduled for July 8–17, 2018. This 13th Exchange will take journalists to explore how the stress of the North Korea nuclear crisis affects US-South Korea relations. A major anticipated event is the unprecedented meeting between North Korea’s President Kim Jong Un and President Donald J. Trump in May. There will likely be other relevant but as yet unknown developments between now and July.

This is a crucial year for the crisis. North Korea might be within a year of perfecting a nuclear missile. The Trump Administration seems to be saying the United States will take military action if necessary to prevent that from happening. Economic sanctions on North Korea have not prevented continual technological progress. If Washington decides to implement its policy of last resort and launch a preventive military strike on North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons facilities, the result could be a crisis in the US-South Korea Alliance.

US and South Korean interests are not identical. Already accustomed to living within range of North Korean missiles and strikes from a variety of North Korean ordnance, South Koreans have a different view of the North Korean threat than Americans. Seoul understandably fears being excluded from direct talks between the United States and North Korea. Seoul would likely oppose a US plan for a preventive strike, because South Korea would bear most of the risk of North Korean retaliation.

During their travel to South Korea, six US journalists will gain a deeper understanding of the security challenges posed by North Korea. They will visit the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) that divides North and South Korea. They will also observe Korea’s cutting-edge information technology and social media. Six Korean journalists will travel to Washington, D.C. and Honolulu for meetings that will discuss the Korea-US military alliance, and the danger from North Korea, bilateral trade and Korea-US relations under the Trump administration.

Following these study tours, all of the journalists will convene via web/video conferencing for a final dialogue at the East-West Center in Honolulu and at the Korea Press Foundation in Seoul 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 Allied Response to the North Korea Nuclear Crisis"

Dates:

July 8 – 17, 2018

Korean Destinations:

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

US Destinations:

Washington, D.C. and Honolulu, Hawaii

 

All participants will convene for a one-day concluding dialogue via web/video conferencing.

Funding:

The 2018 Korea-US Journalists Exchange is funded by the East West Center and Korea Press Foundation. Sponsors will cover:

 
  • 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 2018 Korea-United Journalists Exchange participants are:

Korean Fellows

  • Mr. Jongil CHOI, Deputy General Manager, Political Affairs Department, News 1 Korea, Seoul
  • Mr. Yongkirl HAN, Editorial Writer, The Segye Times, Seoul
  • Mr. Changhoon JEON, Deputy Head, Politics Department, The Busanilbo, Busan
  • Mr. Jungha KIM, Associate Editor, Political Department, Joongang Ilbo, Seoul
  • Ms. Esther PARK, International News Reporter, KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), Seoul
  • Ms. Inyoung PARK, Reporter, International News Desk, Yonhap News Agency, Seoul

U.S. Fellows

  • Mr. Cory BENNETT, Deputy Editor for National Security and Europe, Politico, Washington, DC
  • Mr. Michael KONOPASEK, General Assignment Reporter, Fox 31 Denver KDVR-TV, Denver, Colorado
  • Mr. Stephen NESSEN, Reporter, WNYC/New York Public Radio, New York, New York
  • Ms. Katherine PARK, News Anchor/Reporter, KCRA-TV/Hearst, Sacramento, California
  • Mr. Sean ROSSMAN, Multimedia Journalist, USA TODAY/Gannett, McLean, Virginia
  • Mrs. Joan VENNOCHI, Columnist, Op-ed Page, The Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts

 

2017 KOREA-UNITED STATES JOURNALISTS EXCHANGE

The 2017 Korea-US Journalist Exchange took place at a time of deep interest in US-South Korea relations and grave concerns about North Korea’s missile tests and threatening language. Both new governments have also proposed policy shifts that have caused much anxiety in each other’s capitals. The six American journalists who traveled in South Korea had extraordinary access to high-level officials in the new government of President Moon Jae-in. North Korea defector Joo Seong-ha, columnist for Dongha Ilbo newspaper, provided illuminating insights into life today in North Korea; and media star Sohn Suk-hee, anchor and president of JTBC’s new reporting division, provided a vivid and dramatic account of how he led his reporting team to break stories that ultimately led to the Candlelight Revolution that brought down the Park Geun-hye government. In Washington, DC the six Korean journalists learned firsthand at the State Department, Pentagon and think tanks about how North Korea and related security issues as well as trade are priorities in the US capitol and the US relationship with South Korea. They also heard from US journalists about challenges faced by American media in covering the new administration.

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 was funded by the East West CenterKorea 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 were:

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
Seminars Program Coordinator, 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