The most important criterion in judging a magazine is a very simple one: how interesting is it? Well, I found ‘The Dongguk Post’ to be quite interesting. There was a wide range of articles and I was curious to read about some of the issues facing young people in Korea and at Dongguk University. Some articles, such as the one about Korea’s involvement in a space program, were very factual and informative, others reflected strongly the opinions of the editors and writers. I thought that both were valid forms of journalism.
For example, the cover story was about the growing use of the English language as the medium of instruction in Dongguk University’s classrooms and at other universities in Korea. It gave the readers a lot of information and, at the same time, gave a range of opinions concerning the topic. This made it effective. Also, I found this to be a particularly interesting piece because it is so timely: It is an issue that is preoccupying many people nowadays and the Dongguk Post did well to give it prominence. In fact, several of the articles were very up-to-date. The article on the ethics of Korea’s stem cell research program clearly explained matters that are now on the front of many newspapers. I think many people will be interested to read about this.
As someone who is not living in Korea and as someone who has only visited Dongguk campus once, I guess that I am not among the targeted readership of the Dongguk Post. The targeted readership is, I suppose, the student body at Dongguk University who are interested in reading in English. If this is the case, then the range of stories is very appropriate. The style of writing also seems to be suitable for such a magazine. The personal and ‘chatty’ approach of new reporter Yun Seul-ki balanced well with the more reflective article on the nature of ‘Dongguk culture and identity’ by Professor Kim Ae-ju. These two articles were also well complimented by the social insights of ‘Sherbo’ while the crossword always adds an element of fun. So it’s a good balance, though personally I wonder whether students might be interested in some articles with a more global perspective. The growing cosmopolitanism of the DU student body (not to mention the increasaing use of English in DU classrooms so clearly recorded by the Dongguk Post! would suggest that it would be appropriate.
Final analysis? Well-done on an excellent and interesting piece of work!
Timothy P.P Grose firstname.lastname@example.org
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