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Special Lectures by Alumni Journalists
   
 
   
 
There is an on-going special lecture series by alumni journalists hosted by the Dongguk Media Center. In the lectures, professional reporters deliver practical information and sincere advice to students aspiring to be reporters upon graduation from Dongguk University. The lectures are held every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in Manhae Hall. Here are some details of the lectures given by Nam Seon and Song Yun-kyung, both Dongguk alumni.

1)  “Life as a reporter is to find oneself in an entangled life” said Nam Seon, a production director in the Buddhism Broadcasting System. He visited Dongguk University on October 11 to give a lecture titled "Life as a reporter". Emphasizing the importance of an entangled life, he stated that he has been intertwined like a net with various types of people since he became a reporter.
He gave aspiring reporters a lot of useful advice. First of all, he tried to let students know how harsh the reality is by mentioning his eventful life as a reporter. To overcome this cruel reality, he suggested that students develop their own specialty.
Secondly, he said it is very important to have the ability to put oneself in other people's shoes. To pass the examination and interview, it is essential to grasp the intention of an examiner. Therefore, the capacity to understand others’ intent and touching the core while you are writing is needed to become a reporter.
Lastly, he recommended working for a big media company or organization. The bigger it is, the more chances reporters have to meet other people.
He was a member of the class of 1981 at Dongguk University and was the editor-in-chief of the Dongguk University Press. On this day, he lavished instruction to students not only as a reporter but also as a social superior.

2)  Song Yun-kyung, a reporter at Kyunghyang, gave a lecture on "Things to prepare to become a journalist" to students at Dongguk University on October 25.
She started the lecture by saying that she had a hard time and felt lost in her university life. However, she worked hard as a reporter for the Dongguk University Press and enjoyed meeting people while determined to never write shameful articles. This experience gave her the opportunity to develop responsibility, patience, and interpersonal skills.
To become a journalist, firstly, she emphasized the importance of balanced thinking. Since an article is supposed to be written through repetitive conversation and discussion, she said it is hard to work with people who think that they are always right about everything.
Then, she mentioned that it is more significant to rethink what you have experienced than to simply experience many things. According to her, reconsidering the problems helps us to see them objectively.
She also gave students some tips about the examination. Critical thinking, creativity, confirming facts, drawing conclusions, and using logic are essential elements of writing. To improve these skills, she suggested reading extensively and writing prolifically. At the end of the lecture, she advised students to never lose faith in their writing ability and to do their best continuously.

 

Jeon U-na  jeon_una@hanmail.net

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