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"It's My Birthday!"


- A Survey on Student Opinion of The Dongguk Post

"It's My Birthday!"

"Do you hear me? Can you see me?" said The Dongguk Post. "I have been here for you since 1966!" However, many Donggukians replied; "Who are you? I don't know you." Then, The Post said, "When so many students don't even know my birthday, it hurts my heart. But I will not give up on DU students because I'm sure that some of them appreciate me." The Dongguk Post celebrated its 36th birthday on June 1, and Post reporters analyzed opinions about The Dongguk Post offered by 300 students from the Seoul campus, including 74 freshmen, 68 sophomores, 81 juniors, and 77 seniors............................................................................................Ed.

Q1. Do you know about The Dongguk Post?
 ① Yes (78%)                 ② No (22%)
Q1-1. If you selected ①Yes, how did you know The Dongguk Post?
 ① Through seeing the distributed magazines (58%)
 ② Through someone's introduction (10%)
 ③ Through the DU site (3%)
 ④ Through seeing promotional posters and placards (24%)
 ⑤ Other (5%)
I know about The Dongguk Post........................78%
The rate of students who know about The Dongguk Post is 78 percent. Fifty-eight percent of them answered that they saw the Post when it was distributed. Some of the students who chose "⑤ Other" said they knew the Post through its advertising during freshmen orientation.

Q2. How often do you read The Dongguk Post?
 ① Always (5%)
 ② Sometimes (23%)
 ③ Page through it (11%)
 ④ Rarely (45%)
 ⑤ Hardly ever (16%)
Q2-1. If you selected ① or ②, how much are you satisfied with the Post as a whole?
 ① 85∼100% (6%)
 ② 70∼85% (36%)
 ③ 60∼75% (41%)
 ④ 45∼60% (14%)
 ⑤ Other (3%)
Q2-2. If you selected ③,④, or ⑤, what is the reason?
 ① Lack of the interest in campus issues (45%)
 ② Poor design (2%)
 ③ Poor articles (5%)
 ④ Reading English is a burden (28%)
 ⑤ Other (20%)
I rarely read The Dongguk Post.............................45%
About 45 percent of the students answered that they rarely read the Post. The answers to question 2-2 show that many students lack interest in campus issues. By comparison, most of the students who chose "⑤ Other" to question 2-2 said, "Because of my busy campus life!" or "I don't exactly know where I can find The Dongguk Post."

Q3. If the Post creates new columns, what subjects do you want?
 ① Buddhist (4%)
 ② International (17%)
 ③ Society (2%)
 ④ Planning Article (9%)
 ⑤ Contribution (5%)
 ⑥ English Study (25%)
 ⑦ Other (18%)
I want a column about English Study...................25%
Seventy-five students want a column like TOEIC/TOFLE, English conversation, etc. Most of the students who chose "⑦ Other" are interested in culture and sports.

Q4. How would you want the format of the Post to be changed?
 ① Change to tabloid format (25%)     
 ② Expand its size (26%)
 ③ Maintain the present format (45%)
 ④ Other (4%)
Maintain the present format....................................45%
Just 45 percent of respondents said that they are satisfied with the present format of the Post. Some respondents who chose "④ Other" said, "Make the font size larger and widen the gap between sentences in the Post magazine. 

Q5. What's the reason for having an English magazine on campus?
 ① To convey campus and off-campus news in English (15%)
 ② To publicize campus issues (11%)
 ③ To help students study English (24%)
 ④ For media diversity (49%)
The Dongguk Post should exist for media diversity.........................49%
About half the respondents think that The Dongguk Post's role on campus is for media diversity. Only 11 percent of students stressed its role as voicing campus issues.

Q6. Please, ask something to The Dongguk Post.
  * The Post needs much more advertisement.
  * Catch the interests of university students.
  * Know the places where the Post is distributed on campus.
  * Try to discriminate against established English Press.
  * Use easy sentences.
  * Prepare some events that students can join.
  * Improve professionally and in popularity.
  * Activate The Dongguk Post much more.
  * Exclude irrelevant articles.
  * Though few students read The Dongguk Post, the ones who do enjoy it. Do the Best!

The Dongguk Post is the sole English medium on campus. And it is usually published every month during both semesters. Next semester we plan to publish a total of 3 magazines, in September, October, and December. Each edition will total 4000 copies and the number of pages will increase from 28 to 32. The Dongguk Post reporters promise to do our best to make the campus English magazine fulfill our readers' wishes.

Kim Dong-ho  dgudp@dongguk.ac.kr

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