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The Timeline: Following the Trails of The Dongguk PostHistory of The Dongguk Post

   
 
  The  Post  reporters  of  2003,  (from  left)  Park  Nu-ri,  Kim Hyuna, Choi  Yung-jun,  Son  Jin-li  and  Shin Dong-kyu.  
 

 

The Dongguk Post was first published on February 17th in 1966 in the form of an academic journal made by the Department of English Language and Literature. It was established as the university's official English press in June 1966. Until 1993, the Post had published 10,000 copies of eight-page tabloids monthly but this was changed into the form of a magazine in 1994. In the year when the Post was first changed into a magazine, it was published eight times a year. In 1995 and 1996, it published 32-page magazine seven times a year, but it was increased again to eight times in 1997. In 2003, the Post issued five times and six times in 2004. The Post had always been in black-and-white until the publication of the 308th issue. Four inner pages were in color, beginning from the 309th issue, eight inner pages from the 341st, and 16 pages from the 347th. Also, in February, 2003, the Post moved into the editorial department of the Central Library from Student Hall, its previous location. In 2006, the Post reached the age of 40.

 

   
 
  The current  location of  The Dongguk  Post  is  on  the  first  floor  of  the  Main Hall.  
 
In 2009, the format changed to Berliner once again and it is continuing until today. The article sections became more various as well. In the social page, there were Social Scoop, Click on Jobs, and Alumni Anecdote. In the culture page, there was a section called Cozy Lounge that dealt with alumni of the school. The current editorial was known as Pen Villager’s note. In contrast to various sections, many of them disappeared. To illustrate a few, “Monitoring, Vox-Populi, Under the Pipal, People, Open sesame, and Clone” are the vanished corners of the paper. There has been a change in the title of desk editors as well. Before, the desk editors were referred to as Vice-Chiefs, but the term has gotten fixed as desk editors today. There are five desks at the moment: News desk, social desk, culture, international, and finally the editor’s.

 

1969

Lee Dae-sung (3rd order of the Post reporters, Buddist studies major): “A long time ago when Kim Dong-ik was the president of Dongguk University, I worked as a Post reporter. During those times, the Post lacked much of support. Nevertheless, I remained because I enjoyed writing articles in English.One amazing thing that is worthwhile to mention is the fact that it has continued up to the 400th edition when the Post is a monthly issue. This shows how important the Post was as the school English newspaper.Back in my days, the Post was well-known for its error free and coordinated writings. I hope that this continues on for the Post and for the future reporters.”

 

1971

Yun Sok-jae (4th order of the Post reporters, Buisness Administration major):

“When I was a reporter, the seniors took the position as a desk editor of the Post. Nowadays, there are many reporters who are more inexperienced than the past I believe the reporters need to place more efforts in improving the paper. When I worked in The Dongguk Post, we had to be trained for 1~2 years in order to write good article. The current reporters are also doing a great job and that makes me proud. I do not have much of an episode to tell, but I remember when the reporters gathered up to finish their articles and newspapers at the printing press of JoongAng Ilbo. But back in those days, it was difficult to type in English, so I had a lot of trouble writing my article.I hope the reporters work harder to make more improvement on the Post and on the school as well.”

 

   
 
  A  picture of   former  Post  reporters who  gather  once  a  year to  hold  a ceremony  where  seniors  support  young  Post  juniors.  
 
1994

Kim Sang-yu (21st order of the Post reporters, English Language and Literature major):

“I was a reporter when the 200th edition of the Post was published. Unlike the current system, the Post was published in a magazine format. My collegues and I faced a lot of problems because we were in transition. We also tried to expand the space of the Post's editorial office while my stay. We successfully expanded
 the space by fighting over the DGU Press; we eventually received an additional meeting room and created a darkroom and bought a photo processing machine as well. There is too much to talk about my time at the Post, but I want to finish by saying I am sorry to the office romance couples that I have scolded.”

 

1997

Choi Ho-jin (29th order of the Post reporters, Political Science and Diplomacy major):

“My student life as a Post reporter was very burdensome. All the reporters had much labor because they were requested to cover nearly every school event. I believe the highest point of the Post was during our times. We published the most number of issues, recieved the highest support from school and the Post alumni. I hope that the Post develops more so it shows its true color of as an English newspaper. Currently, Dongguk University has many limits in providing support to foreign students. So by providing information and news in English, I believe The Dongguk Post can indurate its stance as the sole English press.”

 

   
 
  Sending away party for the 45th reporters on the bottom from the left, Sim Su-ji, Kim Yu-young, Jeon Yu-na, Lim Su-mi, Park Su-jeong  
 
2003

Shin Dong-kyu(36th order of the Post reporters, International Trade major):

 “In the winter of 2003, the Post moved its location from the Student Hall to the current location, the 1st floor of the Main Hall. During my time, it was the transition period. Many problems, from campus riots by students and the after shock of IMF, also occurred. In addition to this, the 1995~1996 was the time when articles related with revolution were often seen.Since there were many articles related to revolutions, clash with the Jung-gu police officers was common. One time, the officers took the school newspapers and started censoring any negative articles. However, the officers showed perplexity and let the reporters go because our articles were written in English.So when we played pranks on our new reporters, we faked our identity as a police officer and called them to the Post to tease. One thing I want to mention is that, you have to have an ideal goal you wish to achieve as a student reporter. There is not much chance to meet people who are out of your reach. Your position as a school newspaper reporter can lead you to meet anyone you would like to. It is a huge merit to all reporters. For instance, one time, we went to meet Kim Hak-jun, President of Dong-A-Ilbo. We had no expectation of meeting him at first, because we were just university students, but because of our firm stance, we were able to make an appointment with him! It was an amazing experience. I still cannot believe how I was able to meet him as a student reporter. Like wise, the students must have a goal that they wish to pursue, follow that goal and improve yourself and the Post further.”

 

   
 
  The  45th Desk Editors, Post reporters and Cub reporters are having an item meeting for their  articles.  
 

 

2013

Now, as of November 2013 this is the 400th publication and there are four Cub Reporters, one Post Reporter, four Desk Editors (Culture, News, Social, and International), and 46th Editor-in-Chief. In addition, next year in 2014, will be Dongguk University’s 108th Anniversary. 

 

Lee So-young  soybeans@dongguk.edu

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