The history of journalism in Korea is not long, because of a poor history of autocracy. This is mainly why Korean journalism still has a long way to go for a better function. Despite this poor background and condition, a few presses have survived and found their ways to act as an observer of the society. I personally think this was possible due to university presses.
Newspapers at universities nowadays have different goals and values compared to the past, yet it is a clear outcome of the thirst for genuine media at the stage of development. Students in universities were furious of the society that was twisted and there were so many cowards and hypocrites who made it worse. I believe this was the main energy driving the press to universities.
The Dongguk Post, as an English-based press at Dongguk University, has a shorter history compared to the country as a whole. Yet, it has reached a half century this year, and this means a lot. By going over the stories we built, covered, and criticized, we gain an opportunity to see the society we live in a various views which bring up pictures that we have not given much thought to.
As an editor-in-chief of the Post, I am always concerned about how to keep up the values we have established, values that are worth preserving. Because the society is changing so fast, it seems like there is no need for paper-based newspapers, especially ones from universities. However, it is not a simple matter to be neglected as such. We need to look at its foundation; how and why it was started, its functions, and its potential in the future in order to read the true meaning of it. As long as journalism exists in Korea, there is no reason for the Post to stop pursuing its values.
Lee Seo-yeon firstname.lastname@example.org
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