|Kim Seung-hye (Freshman, Police Administration)|
I do recall someone who gave me advice when I said that I was planning on working at the The Dongguk Post. “The more legwork you do, the better articles you will get.”
At first, I did not catch its profound meaning since I applied for the Post in the effort of improving my English and writing skills. Now, as one semester as a cub reporter has passed, I cannot find any more perfect way to describe a reporter’s life than the quote stated above. The reason is that it is all about writing my “own” article. Therefore, when I decided to insert a perspective which is so prevalent that almost everyone knows, I could not just simply cite the theory. I had to put it in my “own” way. So, for that one quote, I had to make calls and send e-mails countless times to experts asking for an interview. Moreover, just for one photograph, I had to take hours of my time to participate in the event and took the picture I needed for my article.
Besides learning this quality was necessary for a reporter, I could meet various kinds of people while working as a reporter. This has not only broadened my perspective, but also made me feel valuable as a reporter. For instance, when I was writing about the “plus-sized models,” I had an interview with a customer who bought clothes at a shopping mall operating with plus-sized models. As the interview came to an end, the interviewee thanked me for giving her such a chance. She was able to think about herself again after doing the interview, because I was writing an article about plus-sized models. This had given her courage to walk around streets without feeling ashamed of herself because she wears plus-sized clothes.
Looking back at the things I have learned, these are definitely some things that I will never be able to learn from somewhere else and are invaluable in that they have totally changed my way of seeing the world. To sum up, this semester has been a great experience for me!
Kim Seung-hye firstname.lastname@example.org
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