|▲ Choi Jang-ho (Computer Engineering) /Photography by Seo Yoo-jeong|
From July 6th to 7th, “Future News Worldwide 2017 Conference” was held in Scotland, Edinburgh. It was an event where world-wide journalists gather and talk about the field in journalism and media. A hundred of students who are interested in journalism participated in it and among those, two Donggukians were the representatives of Korea. The Dongguk Post interviewed one of the students to listen to his experience.
Q. Please introduce yourself.
A. Hello, my name is Choi Jang-ho and I am majoring in Computer Engineering. I have finished my major studies and am waiting for my graduation which is scheduled for February, 2018.
Q. Is there any special reason to attend the conference about journalisim which is unrelated to your major?
A. I had an interest in media since I was a middle school student. I used to upload some UCCs of “English Premier League” on Youtube, which is a professional soccer league in England. The videos were about analyzing and summarizing the game of the day whenever it is played, and I have done those kinds of works for three years. However, I decided to major in Computer Engineering since it studies data, designing programs, analyzing, and some others. Since Youtube platform is like that, I thought this major can handle the two main fields; digital media and journalism. Based on my interest in media and journalism, I thought this conference would be a great experience for me.
Q. What do you think the differentiated point to be chosen as a Korean representative was?
A. Among the participants, I was the only one who was majoring in Computer Engineering. Maybe, in that point, it might be seen as a little unique compared to others. Also, I wrote the experiences of editing and analyzing “English Premier League” videos on my application essay. In that, I think the judges of British Council liked it. I heard that they have unanimously chosen me first among the whole Korean applicants.
Q. What was the most impressive part during the Conference schedule?
A. There were five to ten speeches of famous journalists in a day and they were all impressive. We also had time to meet those journalists face-to-face and get some advice about Journalism. Additionally, in this trip to Edinburgh, I personally contacted someone who has worked nearly ten years in that region. He was Korean who had worked in Skyscanner, an online travel search website, but now changed his job as a designer of Amazon, Edinburgh. He kindly introduced the history of Edinburgh and took me to the Adam Smith’s graveyard. Since I read books written by Adam Smith and knew he was well-known for Economy and Philosophy fields, this was another meaningful experience.
Q. What did you achieve from the experience of conference?
A. I made a lot of relationships with people who have diverse experiences. I think it was valuable since I have been looking forward to meet someone who can lead me to right way. Getting close with many people means there is a high probability that they can be my partner in the future or be helpful when I need to get some advices. And from this conference, I realized that it is important to understand other people considering their own story.
Q. Do you have any other areas you want to challenge afterward?
A. I have not decided yet since it can be changed depending on what kinds of experiences I would have. Now I am interested in journalism, but I know it will not be the only area that I would challenge in my life. Especially, by meeting many people who have different characters and cultures in the conference, the belief that the areas of interests can continuously change became strong.
Q. Can you give advice to Donggukians who are reluctant to have new experiences?
A. Whatever the experience is, the most important thing is that you need to try to get something from that experience. Even if you failed in what you were challenging, it is not “real” failure if you can get something beneficial in your life. I have experienced not only challenges but also so many failures in my 20’s. To overcome this failure, I read lots of books, traveled many places. During those trips, I communicated with people who came from diverse cultures and thought about my future deeply. In the long run, the experience of failure was helpful to me. I believe if you try to live with that kind of attitude, it will help you to deal with some problems with other people in the new field more easily.
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