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, is co-sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Korea Press Foundation 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 two other cities in the U.S. while the American participants visit Seoul and two to three 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.

2015 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

The East-West Center announces the 2015 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange, scheduled for November 8 – 18, 2015. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Exchange. While Koreans generally have positive feelings toward the United States, Korean media are questioning the Korea-US relationship, suggesting it receives the least US attention among the three Northeast Asian powers – South Korea, Japan and China. This Exchange will provide an opportunity for journalists to look more closely at the US-South Korea military alliance, economic ties, and other aspects of this important bilateral relationship.

The program will take six to seven Korean journalists to the United States and six to seven US journalists to South Korea to meet with government and business leaders, academics, non-governmental organizations, media and other members of the community. The journalists will explore political, economic, social, media, technology and other issues.  Following these study tours, the Korean and American journalists will meet for a final dialogue at the Korea Press Center in Seoul to report on their travel experiences and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of US-Korea issues can be improved. The journalists will also be invited to events marking the 10th anniversary of the Exchange, co-sponsored by the Korea Press Foundation.


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


November 8 – 18, 2015

Korean Destinations:

Seoul, Busan, and Jeju

US Destinations:

Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, California

  All participants will meet in Seoul for a one-day concluding program.

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:


Funding: The 2015 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 airfare
  • 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

Application Guidelines for U.S. Journalists

Participants are responsible for paying a program fee of $500.00 plus their health insurance and airline baggage charges. Please email the following application information to the East-West Center  ( or by fax (1-808-944-7600):

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages)
  • Cover letter outlining specific issues of interest and goals you would expect to accomplish
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Completed Application (Please fill out the form, save it under your name on your hard drive, and email it back as an attachment.)

For Korean journalists, please contact the Korea Press Foundation (

For information about the 2012 Korea-US Journalists Exchange, click here.

For a list of all East-West Center journalism fellowships and exchanges, see

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