Do you belong to any campus clubs? Do you think that a campus club can affect your future job?
Chun Su-jin, a staff writer at JoongAng Daily, joined Korea University's English magazine.
She came to like writing articles as a student reporter, and finally became a professional journalist.
What did English magazine mean to her? The Post met a former student reporter, who currently works as a staff writer at JoongAng Daily. Her name is Su-jin Chun
The Post : Did you want to be a journalist before joining the KU's English magazine?
Chun: No, I didn't. Since I was little, I loved English and liked writing in English.
So I decided to major in English Education in college to learn practical English and English linguistics.
When I was a freshman, I saw an advertisement for the university English magazine.
I thought that it would be very helpful for writing English.
While acting as a club member, I felt it was enjoyable. So I decided to be a journalist after graduation.
That's how I applied to JoongAng Daily.
The Post : What kinds of articles did you write when you were a student?
Chun: When I started at the Granite Tower (Korea University's English magazine), I used to write about campus issues. Later, I dealt with social problems such as the IMF and gold collection campaign at the social desk.
Also, we were jointly to Korean Confederation of Trade Unions When I was an editor-in-chief, I gave undue weight to in-depth articles.
The Post : Didn't you find it difficult to manage as a student and as a reporter?
Chun: Of course. It was very difficult. I had to study very hard in my spare time. So my grades were always above the average. Although I sometimes regret that I didn't spend more time with class mates, it is worthwhile to have been part of the GT members, after all.
The Post : What were the merits of being part of the GT?
Chun: I made good friends and met interesting people through the GT. And this has continued at JoongAng Daily. The GT was more than a club activity. We wrote and composed articles together.
We often wrote all night. I learned many things while researching articles. most college students don't have these experiences. Also, the GT helped me realize what I really wanted to do. So ,which was a journalist.
The Post : How did you improve your English?
I have studied English very hard in my childhood Especially, the Sungmoon English books were very helpful. I studied reading, writing, translating and grammar. I learned new expressions and then I used them in sentences and during conversations with foreigners. Now, I am still studying English everytime I write an article. Nowadays, I explain to my editor-in-chief what I intend to write and he proof reads my article.
Through this process, I am still studying English everyday.
The Post : What sort of articles do you write?
chun: Most of my articles are features. I have been writing features since I was at the GT because I like to write in-depth stories.
Post : What is your secret to write a good article?
Chun: The quality of my article is very important, and I try to choose a good topic and research it thoroughly. Also, I always try to get different opinions about an issue. That's how I keep my articles accurate and objective.
Post : What is your most unforgettable reporting experience?
Chun: I have been a journalist for seven years . So I have some experiences that I would never forget. Among them is an article on Lee Gu, the last Jo Seon dynasty crown prince. He was reclusive and shunned the media. Every time I requested an interview, he rejected. But I did not give up. I kept on asking for an interview for three years. He finally agreed and I was so excited.
The Post : How was your entrance examination for JoongAng Daily ?
Chun: It was similar to those of other companies. It included an selection of candidates by examining their career papers, written examination and interview. I think that my experience at the GT was a great advantage. The interviewer asked me about the kinds of articles I wrote at the GT and why I thought I could work at the newspaper. My activity at the GT certainly helped me.
The Post : What do you think is the most important quality for a journalist?
Chun: I think that a journalist should be concerned over the world around her. And she must have good judgment when selecting the best items. First of all, she must have an interest in all the people. Whenever she writes something, she should not be lazy but, rather, active, passionate and diligent. And she must not be afraid of a challenge.
The post : Do you have any advice for students who want to have the kind of job you have?
Chun: I think that writing for a university English magazine is very helpful. It shows not only your active attitude but also English ability. I always hear students say that they are too busy studying to join a campus activity.
But club activities and intramural activities are an important part of university life.
What's more, your campus activities are very appealing to an employer.
I wish students would do more actibities that demonstrate the real freedom of campus life.
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